The Master’s programme in Book and Digital Media Studies covers two semesters. The first semester provides you with a sound basis and introduction to the field, conceptually, empirically and hands-on, through a number of inter-related and compulsory courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge, by focusing on an optional course.
The aim of these courses is to prepare you both for your primary focus and for the secondary subject that you will choose in the second semester. You can choose between History of the Book, Publishing Studies, and Digital Access to Cultural Heritage.
During the programme, you will participate in a number of excursions, including visits to the Plantijn-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, the annual Buchmesse in Frankfurt, and the Institute for Sound and Image in Hilversum.
The second part of the second semester will be spent writing your MA thesis. You have the option to sign up for exchange programmes with various other European Universities.
For the most up-to-date course overview, see the e-Prospectus.
What are the thesis’s subjects?
Some recent examples:
- Kai Ina Wolff, Going Digital – Digital Presentations of Libraries’ special collections as a tool for research (2008-2009)
- Chiara Piccoli, Publishing in the Republic of Letters. The Thesaurus Antiquitatum et Historiarum Italiae (Leiden, 2704-1725) between historical research and digital dissemination. (2009-2010)
Book researchers blog about their research project Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth Century