Entry requirements (Dutch degree)

Master's in Communication Science

On this page you will find the entry requirements for direct admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science.

If you don’t fit the profile entirely, you are still welcome to apply. When you have the right undergraduate qualifications (academic level and background) but a lack of knowledge and experience in the required areas, it is plausible you will be conditionally admitted based on completing a pre-Master's programme or online course first. The admissions board will evaluate every applicant individually based on; 

  1. Academic Bachelor's degree
  2. Bachelor's curriculum and courses attended

Undergraduate qualification: Academic level

Applicants who obtained a Dutch academic Bachelor’s or Master's degree at a research university (wo) are eligible to apply for one of our Master’s programmes.

Students with a HBO-bachelor’s degree (university of applied sciences) cannot be admitted to the academic Master’s in Communication Science or pre-Master's programme in Communication Science. You need to obtain an academic Bachelor’s degree (wo) first.

You are welcome to obtain your academic Bachelor’s degree at our College of Communication through a special short-track programme composed for HBO students. This short-track Bachelor’s (verkorte Bachelor) is taught in Dutch and English.

Undergraduate qualification: Background

Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Communication Science obtained at the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Twente can be admitted to our Master's programme in 99% of the cases. They do however need to apply for admission. 

Students who have completed the 60 ECTS minor in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam as part of their academic Bachelor's programme are also directly admissible to our Master’s programme in 99% of all cases. Please find more information (in Dutch) about the minor here

Admission (conditionally) is usually realistic for students that at least hold an academic Bachelor's degree in Communication Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication & Information Studies, Media Studies, Journalism with a research emphasis, Business Administration and International Relations). However, these students will probably have to complete some extra coursework (pre-Master’s or online course) prior to the Master’s programme depending on their knowledge of theories in Communication Science and (quantitative) social science methods and statistics.

Please keep in mind that students with a completely different Bachelor’s background, without any links to the field of Communication Science, are most likely not eligible for the (pre-) Master’s programme.

Knowledge about theories of Communication Science

The Master's programme in Communication Science expects you to have a certain understanding of Communication Science theories. The admissions board will evaluate this based on your Bachelor’s curriculum and completed courses. Work experience is not taken into consideration. 

Knowledge about theories of (quantitative) social science methods and statistics

The Communication Science Master’s programme has its roots in sociobehavioural sciences. In line with its sociobehavioural tradition, the programme attempts to teach you how to systematically observe and measure the effects of media and communication. In order to make the most of our Master’s programme in Communication Science, you must be at ease with the use of certain sociobehavioural data collection methods (such as survey design, experimental design), and statistical models to analyse the data (such as measurement models, linear regression, and analysis of variance). This level of knowledge has to be confirmed by the content of your courses during the academic Bachelor’s and/or Master's programme. Work experience is not taken into consideration.   

Experience in conducting empirical research with the use of inferential statistics

Besides knowledge of social science methods and statistics, we require you to be able to conduct and evaluate quantitative empirical research. This will be evaluated based on research papers written during the Bachelor’s and/or Master's programme.   


If you have any further questions after reading the application instructions, please contact our admissions office:

Published by  GSC

22 February 2018