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Research Master's in Communication Science

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The deadlines for admission to the programme differ for Dutch degree and non-Dutch degree students.

    Please make sure that you submit your application via MyInfo before the deadline and that you submit your enrolment request for the Master's programme in Studielink at least one week before the deadline.

    Both the Master's and the pre-Master's programmes in Communication Science start in September as well as February. Please see which deadline is applicable to you.

    I have a Dutch academic Bachelor's or Master's degree

    • Start in February 2020: Sunday 10 November 2019
    • Stat in September 2020: Friday 1 May 2020

    I have a non-Dutch degree

    • Start in February 2020: Friday 6 September 2019
    • Start in September 2020: Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To guarentee the quality of the education within the Graduate School, you will have to meet all entry requirements specified below. 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 or Master's degree
    2. Bachelor's curriculum and attended courses
    3. Results obtained for specific courses
    4. English language proficiency

    Unfortunately, admission to the pre-Master's and Master's programme is not possible when you don't have the right undergraduate qualifications.

    Undergraduate qualification: Academic level

    Applicants who obtained a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree at a research university (WO) are eligible to apply for one of our Master’s programmes. This means that applicants with a non-Dutch degree need to meet the same qualifications. The minimum level of your diploma should therefore be at least equivalent or comparable to three years of a Dutch research-oriented university. To establish whether your degree is equivalent to this level, we’ll need to assess it first. This will be done by professional diploma evaluators based on the guidelines of the Nuffic (an independent organisation for internationalisation in education). Please find an overview of the descriptions of different foreign education systems on the Nuffic website

    Hence, students with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) or equivalent cannot be admitted to the (pre-) Master’s.  They may opt for taking the short-track Bachelor's programme at the College of Communication first to meet the criteria, and then re-apply. This short-track Bachelor’s (verkorte Bachelor) is taught in English and Dutch.

    More information about the short-track programme

    Undergraduate qualification: Background

    Admission (conditionally) is usually realistic for students who 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.

    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 Master's programme in Communication Science has its roots in sociobehavioural sciences. In line with this 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 and 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 courses taken during your academic Bachelor’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 your Bachelor’s programme.

    Results obtained for specific courses

    The Research Master's programme is a selective programme for students with above-average interest in and aptitude for the the study of Communication Science, and the conduct of empirical research in the field of Communication Science in particular. That is why, above and beyond the other admission criteria, the Admission committee also considers each applicant for the Research Master's programme on the basis of courses taken and grade marks obtained so far, including those courses in the student's application file that involved empirical (and especially quantitative) methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

    The Admission committee will assess each applicant for the Research Master's on his or her individual merits, whereby proven interest and motivation play a role. However, as a general rule, applicants to the Research Master's programme should have obtained grade marks in their Bachelor's and/or Master's programme(s) so far that exceed the level of a 'minimal pass', including those courses that involved quantitative methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

    English language proficiency

    All Communication Science courses in the Master’s programme are taught in English. You must therefore be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English with a non-Dutch degree. Please note that if you do not meet this requirement, admission is not possible. We only accept test result from TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Advance English or Cambridge Proficiency English. Other English tests are not considered valid.

    Requirements regarding English language level are*:

    1. TOEFL iBT: 100 (24 for each part minimum)
    2. IELTS: 7 (7 for each part minimum)
    3. Cambridge International Examinations: minimum score Cambridge English scale (Advanced or Proficiency): 183

    * English language test results may not be older than 2 years.

    All language test scores need to be sent directly by the testing organisation to the Graduate School of Communication by regular post. When sending the TOEFL results, please make use of our institutional code: 3995.

    Native speakers of English are, of course, exempted from the requirement. This includes applicants who were raised in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

    Students with a Dutch Bachelor’s degree are also exempted from this requirement. 

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to persue a degree programme at a Dutch university. 

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink


  • 4. Activate your UvanetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to the UvA application form. Please fill out this application form (myinfo) in order to complete your application.

    For this, you need your UvAnetID and several documents. Please follow the next steps in order to complete your application.

    You need to submit your application before the specific application deadline (see section 1). Please note that it will take approximately 48 hours after your enrolment request in Studielink before you receive your UvAnetID, so make sure you register in Studielink well in advance in order to not miss the application deadline.

    Please make sure your application documents have ENGLISH file names that include the following: Type document_your name (example: course description research methods courses_Mary Jones). A complete application consists of the following documents:

    • Self-assessment form research methodology and statistics
    • Statement of motivation
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official certified copies of higher education diplomas OR an official graduation statement with your expected graduation date on it if you have not completed your programme yet AND transcripts already obtained. Official translations are required if the original documents are in another language than English, German or Dutch.
    • English language test report (for non-native speakers), sent directly from the testing institution. For requirements regarding English language level, see section 2. Note: if you are taking a TOEFL test, be sure to use our institutional code: 3995. The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) is NOT accepted.
    • An individually written empirical research paper, preferably based on quantitative research methods and inferential statistics. If you are not in possession of such a paper, please upload your thesis or another research paper that has been written during your Bachelor’s or Master's programme. In case this paper was not written in Dutch, English or German, a translation of the abstract, methods and results sections needs to be created and uploaded together with the original paper.
    • Descriptions of taken courses in communication science, social sciences and research methodology (if any) in Dutch, English or German.
    • Description of taken courses in research methodology and statistics in Dutch, English or German. The research methods course descriptions should define the learning objectives, content and an overview of the used research methods and analyses as described in the syllabus. It should also contain the required literature including the designated used chapters. 
  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. You will be notified about their decision by email. The complete admission process can take up to 8 weeks for students with a non-Dutch degree and 4 weeks for students with a Dutch degree. Late applications will be considered for the subsequent semester.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    When you receive an offer, you will also receive a separate email with a link where you can accept, defer or decline your offer. Please make sure that you respond within 2 weeks.


    You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.


    You are able to defer your start for a maximum of one year. After that year your offer will become invalid and you will need to re-apply. Your application will be considered as a new submission and a different outcome may apply. Please keep in mind that when you defer your start, for administrative purposes, you will need to submit your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form again once you do decide to start the programme. However, instead of submitting the required documents, please upload your offer.


    You will also need to de-enrol yourself for the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme we need to verify your previous education. This means that we have to check whether you have successfully completed your Bachelor’s programme. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    If you did your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted. 

    Please note that also French and Spanish grade transcripts must be translated in English by sworn translators for application at the Graduate School of Communication.

    You can send your certified documents to:

    The Graduate School of Communication
    Admissions Office (C7.02)
    PO Box 15796
    1001 NG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

  • 9. Register for courses

    In order for you to participate in the courses of the pre-Master’s or Master’s programme in Communication Science, you will have to register for your courses. The course registration periods are always in June and December. More information on the course registration will be sent to you in May or November.

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.

  • 12. Attend introduction day

    To help you get started, the Graduate School of Communication organizes a mandatory introduction day for all new (pre-) Master’s students. Usually this day is held on the Thursday before the first week of classes, so be sure to save the date. Depending on your start moment, the invitation and programme will be sent mid-August or mid-January.