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Communication Science


Programme structure

The Bachelor's in Communication Science is a three-year programme of 180 ECTS credits.

The first year

Year 1 starts with two introductory courses. One focusses on theories and concepts in Communication Science, the other focusses on research methods. Hereafter you will start deepening your knowledge. You will attend courses such as:

  • Introduction to Communication Science
  • Methods of Communication Research and Statistics
  • Corporate Communication
  • Entertainment Communication
  • The Media Landscape

These courses also use concepts from other disciplines such as political science, psychology, social psychology, economics and sociology.

All courses are 6 or 12 ECTS adding up to a total of 60 ECTS in one year. A minimum of 48 credits is required to continue the programme after the first year. 

Example of a week in your first year

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The second and third year

During the second and third year you will deepen and broaden your knowledge of communication science. The programme contains the following courses and topics:

  • Political communication and journalism
  • Persuasive communication
  • Communication ethics
  • Communication consultancy
  • In-depth courses on the methods and statistics of social research, such as statistical modelling and qualitative research.
  • Electives, Topics (electives within the field of communication science) and an (research) internship. These courses give you the possibility to tailor your study programme. You can, for example, study abroad or choose to do a minor within another programme.
  • A graduation project (Bachelor's thesis)

Teaching methods

  • Lectures: a lecturer clarifies the main concepts and ideas from the course material that you have studied priorly (with about 50-250 students).
  • Tutorials: you will discuss and apply the course material and train certain skills (with 15-25 students).

All courses will be concluded with one or more tests, such as a written exam, a presentation or a paper (or a combination of these).

Study time per week

Mandatory class attendance: 12 – 14 hours per week
Independent study: 26 – 28 hours per week

Dutch track

There is also a Dutch-taught version of this Bachelor's programme. Want to find our more? Click the link below.