Admission

For the digital creative, data analysis is not a final goal, but rather a means to create innovative concepts that create value within a digital society.

Admission requirements

If you do not, or not yet, live in the Netherlands, you can enrol via Studielink, after creating a Studielink username and password. Request one here. Registration deadlines are 15 June (non-EU students) & 31 August (EU students).

Students living in the Netherlands - including non-Dutch nationals - can enrol as well as apply for student grants and loans via Studielink (in English, Dutch and German). For this, you need a DigiD log-in code, which takes up to five days to obtain.

For questions about Studylink or your application please contact STIP: info@hu.nl.

  • Admittance via Studielink;
  • Program selection check (see below);
    The first (mandatory) matching day will be on May 28th. When you are not available on the aforementioned date and time, for example because you live abroad, please contact us so we can look for a solution.
  • Finalize your application. You will be informed through e-mail about what, when and where.
    Questions? Please contact us at datadrivendesign@hu.nl

After your admittance on Studielink, you will automatically receive information about the Program Selection Check. The procedure will be as follows:

  • Preparation assignment: an online course in programming in order to prepare for the matching day;
  • Digital intake: a digital form with questions about e.g. your motivation and previous education;
  • Matching day: this day consists of the following elements:
    • You will get a case where you will use the knowledge you have gained during your preparation assignment;
    • Following the preparation of the case you will give a pitch regarding this case;
    • Finally there is an English writing assignment.
  • Based on your assignment and the pitch, you will get one of the following non-binding types of advices:
    • Based on our mutual contact on the matching day we have not found any risks of you dropping out or falling behind in your studies;
    • Based on our mutual contact on the matching day we would like to draw your attention to some issues, to make sure that you have the proper attitude and (educational) experience for this specific degree programme;
    • Based on our mutual contact on the matching day we believe that you run a great risk of dropping out or falling behind in your studies. 

  • Basic working knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Some experience with a programming language (e.g. JavaScript or Processing). You need to understand that programming consists of:
    • creating simple statements by using various datatypes (integers, booleans, floats, array, characters, strings);
    • using conditional statements (if-then-else);
    • controlling flow statements (for or while loops and switch expressions);
    • developing and using functions (sub-routines).
  • Ability to solve computer problems by searching for solutions (e.g. StackOverflow).

All students, except for students with a relevant Dutch diploma, must prove that they have good writing and conversation skills in English. During the matching day we will review your English skills through your presentation and writing assignment.

HU accepts one of the following documents as proof of English proficiency:

Name Type Minimum score
Certificate of TOEFL   Internet-based 80
  Paper-based  550 
Certificate of IELTS
Academic   6.0 
TOEIC  Test of English for International Communication  670-290
Cambridge English  Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)  Grade C scale 180 - 184 
  Cambridge English First (FCE)
Grade B scale 173 - 175 
   Cambridge English First (FCE) Grade C scale 169 - 172

Do you need to take an English-language exam? You can get information on test dates, scheduling and costs at the respective websites of TOEFL or IELTS, or Cambridge English

Some international students are granted exemption from the English language test:

  • Students who have obtained a Bachelor diploma in the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
  • Students with an accredited international American or British Bachelor Diploma. 

For Chinese students, it is obligatory to present an IELTS test result.
All other students may choose between IELTS and TOEFL.

You may be granted exemption from the English language test based on your diploma. Please contact io@hu.nl if you have any questions regarding your English proficiency.

Perfect follow-up

Among other previous educations, the MDDD-program is the perfect follow-up of your Bachelors in…

  • Because it will advance your skills in developing future oriented business ideas that fit the digital economy.
  • Because it prepares you for exciting challenges in the intersection of creativity, data and design.
  • Because it makes a natural continuation of your CB studies, but with a stronger focus on coding skills and a technical vision.
  • Because you learn to collect, organize and analyze data to understand the behavior of your target audience, our communication problem and measure effects more effectively.

  • Because you learn to collect, organize and analyze data to understand the behavior of your target audience, our communication problem and measure effects more effectively.
  • Because you learn to design innovative interfaces, which are fueled by data, creating more personalized experiences.
  • Because you will become acquainted with the business models of data-driven design, which are crucial for new digital applications and services.
  • Because you can deepen your knowledge of media philosophy and psychology, with questions such as: how does society develop under the influence of digital innovations?
  • Because you become acquainted with practical programming skills that are also in constant demand in the creative industries.
  • Because during the MDDD program, we work together with companies from the creative industries, which indicated that they are in need of our graduates.

  • Because you will become acquainted with the possibilities of the various new earning models of data design and analysis, which are the journalistic features of the future.
  • Because you learn to collect, organize and analyze structured information on journalistic questions.
  • Because you learn to do independent research, as well as working with data for journalistic and commercial assignments.
  • Because you can deepen your knowledge of media philosophy and psychology, with questions such as: how does society develop under the influence of digital innovations?
  • Because you become acquainted with practical programming skills that are also in constant demand in journalistic practice.
  • Because journalistic platforms are eagerly looking for young talent that can develop new data-driven research methods.
  • Because during the MDDD program, we work together with parties from both public and commercial media. They have indicated that they are in need of our graduates.

  • Because it offers an interesting combination of media, psychology (user experience), design and programming.
  • Because you will enlarge your job possibilities by working on your technical skills.
  • Because you don’t have to have experience with programming – only an interest in tech and data.
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