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Master
Communication Science: Corporate Communication

Careers

A Master's degree in Communication Science equips students with a high-level academic education. By graduation you will be an expert in organisational communication, public relations and corporate communication from an academic perspective. You will be able to advise organisations about their communication strategies and policies at a corporate level. You will know how to underpin this advice with empirical research and the most recent theories in the field. You will be equipped to produce evidence based communication programmes for big and small organisations. The knowledge and skills acquired during the course provide an effective grounding for positions in:

  • Communication research (academic researcher, media researcher, market and opinion researcher)
    • e.g. working as a junior researcher at NPO
  • Communication advice (publishing, public information expert, advertising or PR consultant, communication consultant)
    • e.g. being a marketing consultant at Groupon.
  • Management (publisher, programme director, research agency)
    •  e.g. working as a publishing relations manager at Elsevier. 

 

Career prospects

The career prospects for our alumni are good. A recent study (2017) shows that graduates who started looking for a job immediately after graduation have found a suitable job within two to three months (n=231).

'During my thesis I interviewed fifteen communication professionals. This enabled me to build up a network.'
Aniek Zweers

Career Events

  • Would you like to practice your job interview skills? Craft a LinkedIn strategy that could get you hired? Or would you simply like to know more about the labour market in the Netherlands? The advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help you students of the UvA with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competences, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals. 
  • Five times a year, the Graduate School of Communication hosts a colloquium series called Communication Science on the Spot. During these sessions, a communication professional is interviewed by a Graduate School lecturer or researcher. Attendees are always encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation in order to help stimulate a lively debate. Previous speakers include Maurice de Hond, Geerte Udo (iAmserdam), Kay van de Linde and Ashley Vinson (Twitter).
  • We regularly organise events and workshops under the name Career Matters that help you prepare yourself for entry into the job market. The workshops are designed to help you gain practical, relevant skills that will help improve your employability after graduation. Think of topics related to online marketing for example, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics or Social Advertising, or to the field of journalism, such as writing an effective press release or a journalistic blog. 
  • Master’s students are warmly welcomed to the events organised by the Alumni Circle Communication Science. The meetings and workshops are a perfect opportunity to start building a professional network and to stay informed of the latest developments in the field. The events are announced on the Alumni Circle’s Facebook Page as well as on the AUV website.