This programme will train you as a researcher within the field of Media and Performance Studies, to either prepare you for a PhD position, or for a research-oriented positions at a governmental organisation, cultural institution, or in creative industries.

As a graduate:

  • You will have acquired the advanced knowledge level necessary to compete in the labour market.
  • You will have sophisticated research skills and will have been trained to communicate research outcomes to fellow researchers, as well as to a general audience.
  • You have learnt to critically evaluate texts, objects, cultural phenomena, and situations.
  • You will have the ability to make effective theoretical insights that will contribute to the field, as well as having broader social and cultural relevance.
  • You can reflect upon the social and ethical implications of developments within the field of media and performance and contemporary humanities research.

This English-language programme prepares you for PhD studies in the Netherlands or abroad. After graduation you will also be qualified for positions in academic or research institutes or cultural organisations requiring specific academic skills in media and performance studies at Master's level. The programme can also be an excellent starting point for a career in cultural policy and consultancy in the media sector or art world. 


Alumni of the Media and Performance Studies Research Master’s have been successful in obtaining PhD positions in various prestigious international programmes at, for example, the University of Rochester, the University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, and the University of Leeds, as well as at Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Utrecht University.

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.


Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.


Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.


Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.

Designing and coordinating interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of academia, citizenship and culture.
Goda Klumbyte
Activities and Communication coordinator, the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

“I have been working as an Activities and Communication coordinator at the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University) for nearly two years now. My job involves designing and coordinating interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of academia, citizenship and culture. I work with multiple academic and non-academic partners to plan, implement and communicate the activities at hand. The knowledge of media theory, cultural studies and critical theory that I acquired during my research Master’s, as well as the ability to connect research to practical questions and to pursue interdisciplinary research, have been indispensable in my work.”