Would you like to resolve communication challenges in practice rather than just study them? The Research Master’s (Professional track) in Communication Science is a two-year MSc degree programme for students who would like to be at the forefront of the newest developments in understanding the role of communication and media in an applied context.
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The increasing pervasiveness of media and communication in our lives forms many fascinating challenges. Older notions of media and communication need to be reassessed, the new media environment needs to be charted, and the consequences of the rapid changes in new media and digital technologies need to be understood. This forms the core of the Research Master’s programme in Communication Science.
The Research Master’s in Communication Science is the flagship training programme at the Graduate School of Communication. It is an ambitious programme with courses taught in interactive groups. The Professional track enables you to connect communication science theories and rigorous research methods to communication practice, as well as gain professional research experience by pursuing an internship in a professional communication organization.
The curriculum allows you to pursue your own interests by specialising in, or combining courses from, one of our four domains: Corporate Communication, Persuasive Communication, Political Communication and Entertainment Communication, and cross-cutting topics such as digital analytics or political marketing. The approach is multidisciplinary: core theories and methods in communication science are combined with concepts from political science, sociology, psychology and economics.
In addition to theoretical modules, the Research Master’s offers you a wide selection of courses in empirical research methodologies, such as (automated) content analysis, social media analytics, experimentation, survey and qualitative research.
As a Research Master’s student in the Professional track, you will be offered a 6 ECTS seminar providing an understanding of the meanings and stakeholders of professional research. Subsequently, extensive hands-on experience of up to 24 ECTS is gained by pursuing extensive internships in a professional communication organization (e.g., media agencies, communication consultancies, etc.) and/or in the communication departments of organisations. Finally, you will write a research-based thesis, and endeavor to make your results accessible to professionals. This creates a unique opportunity for you to translate the latest theoretical and methodological developments within Communication Science towards practical applications and professional settings, preparing you for strategic positions within the communication field.
The Research Master's programme (Professional track) provides excellent preparation for research and strategic positions at media corporations and production companies, marketing and advertising agencies, governmental organisations and consultancy businesses. Yet, of course, you can also put your expertise to use in the academic world, and the programme provides a solid background for a PhD in communication science.
You will graduate from an internationally consistently high ranked university with a supportive learning environment and outstanding academic staff. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 lists Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam as the best in Europe, ranked first (no.1) worldwide.
The city of Amsterdam is a fascinating, media-saturated environment. Studying in this major European centre for media research and development provides you with an (international) network of contacts that helps you develop a career after graduation.
The Research Master's in Communication Science is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication Science and the title Master’s of Science (MSc).
All students who wish to start the Research Master's are required to submit an application for admission. The sub-site will take you through the application process step by step and give you valuable information on entry requirements and deadlines.
|Degree programme||MSc Communication Science (research, professional)|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||120 ECTS, 24 months|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Starts in||February, September|