Utrecht University’s BA in Media and Culture is a three-year degree programme that sums up to a study load of 180 EC (60 EC per year and 1 EC = 28 hours of study load). The Education and Examination Regulations state exactly which requirements you will have to meet in order to graduate as well as the transitional provisions in case you missed some courses.

For an overview of which courses are part of your exam programme, please check the CoursePlanner. Do not hesitate to contact your study advisor or your tutor when you need help choosing which courses to do.

Media and Culture Programme Outline

Programme Outline

Your curriculum consists of a major that forms two thirds (120 EC) of the Media and Culture programme. ​One third (60 EC) consists of electives, which allows you to broaden the scope of your degree programme. 

Major (120 EC)

Electives (60 EC, year 2 and 3)

General information

If you wish to deviate from the exam programme mentioned in the EER, you will have to ask the Board of Examiners for approval in advance. If your request is approved, it will eventually be included in OSIRIS and incorporated into your exam programme and study progress report.

Some subjects have specific prerequisites. The Course Planner lists all of the admission requirements for each subject. If in doubt, ask the course coordinator, whose name is given beside the subject description.

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements in order to graduate. You study progress report sits in OSIRIS on the tab Progress. See this example (pdf, in Dutch) for an elaborate explanation on the Study Progress Report.

You attend courses on 3 different levels, which increase in difficulty:

  • level 1 - introductory
  • level 2 - elaborating 
  • level 3 - advanced

Study load

Your study load is calculated in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).  One EC or study credit equals 28 hours of study. The courses of a bachelor's programme usually have a study load of 7.5 EC, i.e. 210 hours of study. As a full-time student you normally take 8 courses per academic year, earning you 60 EC. This means that the entire 3-year bachelor's programme is 180 EC in total.

In short

1 EC = 28 hours of study load
1 course: 7,5 EC * 28 hours = 210 hours
1 year: 8 courses of 7,5 EC = 60 EC
Entire programme: 3 * 60 EC = 180 EC


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Information Desk.