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Bachelor
Communication Science
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Study programme

How do communication and society influence each other? This question is central to the Communication Science Bachelor's programme. You will study media and the effects of media use on people and society through various research methods and theories, and from different angles, such as politics, business, entertainment, marketing, and health communication. Have a look below at the courses you will follow during the Bachelor's programme.

Overview per year
  • Year 1

    During the first year, you will be introduced to the most important theories within Communication Science. By means of, among other things, reading and discussing literature and doing individual and group assignments, you learn to understand these theories and apply them to current events. You will also follow courses in statistics and research skills and you will be introduced to a number of specialised content courses, including the domain courses Corporate Communication and Entertainment Communication. 

  • Year 2

    During the second year you will deepen and broaden your knowledge of communication science. You will follow in-depth courses on methods and statistics of social research, such as statistical modelling and qualitative research. You will practice your knowledge and skills in various (group-) projects. In addition, you will follow the domain courses on Persuasive Communication and Political Communication & Journalism. In the second semester, you will be able to tailor your study programme with Electives. 

  • Year 3

    During the third year, you will apply your acquired knowledge in practice during an internship. This can be at a company in the Netherlands, but you can also choose to do your internship abroad. In the second semester you will work on the graduation project. Here, you will bring all the knowledge you have acquired in recent years together in your own research. In addition to the internship and graduation project, you will take a number of other courses, including two ‘Topics’ of your choice. 

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Introduction to Communication Science
    1—2
    12
  • Methods of Communication Research and Statistics
    1—2
    12
  • Research Workshop: Survey
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    6
  • Corporate Communication
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    6
  • The Media Landscape
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    6
  • Entertainment Communication
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    6
  • Philosophy of Science & Methodology
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    6
  • Research Workshop: Content Analysis
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    6
  • Academic Skills Tutoring
    1—6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Persuasive Communication
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    6
  • Statistical Modelling for Communication Research
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    6
  • Political Communication & Journalism
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    6
  • Qualitative Research
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    6
  • Research Workshop: Experiment
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    6
  • Free-choice electives
    4—6
    30
  • Academic Skills Tutoring
    1—3
    2
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Communication Consultancy
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    6
  • Communication Ethics
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    6
  • Internship
    1—3
    16
  • Restricted choice-electives: Topics
    4—5
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives: Graduation Project
    4—6
    18
See more information in the Course Catalogue
Additional options
  • Honours programme

    Students with excellent study results can opt for the additional challenge of the Honours Programme that starts in year 2. It entails taking additional courses on top of your regular course load together with other motivated students. The courses will help you develop your skills and acquire more knowledge on an academic level. Each Honours Programme consists of courses in your own Bachelor's programme and interdisciplinary honours courses that are organised elsewhere. After successfully completing the Honours Programme you will receive an Honours Bachelor's degree upon graduation. 

  • Exchange

    The UvA has partnerships and exchange agreements with more than 100 other universities. During your electives space you can do an exchange semester abroad. This can be a valuable learning and cultural experience, and a great addition to your study programme. 

    Note: You can only go abroad in your third year. This means you would have to swap around your modules and do your internship or graduation project in your second year. 

  • Electives / minor 

    There are various opportunities during the Bachelor’s programme for you to shape your programme to your liking. You can gain 30 elective study credits with courses that are part of another  Bachelor's programme at the UvA, thereby doing a second specialisation. 

    Also you can choose a minor: a cohesive programme lasting half a year (30 credits) taken outside your own degree programme. You could choose a minor in Sociology or Business Economics, for example. Communication Science students are especially encouraged to take the minor Communication in the Digital Society, in which you can delve into how digital technologies influence our way of learning, working, entertainment, and social connection. In this minor you engage with theories and ethical issues that are relevant to how we organise our digital society. You will also learn the basics of the Python programming language for data analysis, a skill that is becoming increasingly important in both corporate and academic jobs. 

  • Internship

    In the Bachelor's programme you will do an internship at an organisation of your choice. This internship will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience, and apply your academic knowledge in a professional setting. Moreover, the internship will enable you to develop and apply practical skills while using the knowledge you have gained during the programme. 

"The programme has a lot of open opportunities."

tells second-year student Armitha Karimi.

Workload

Only a limited number of hours consist of lectures, from the first year there is an emphasis on working on challenging assignments together with fellow students in tutorial groups. During these tutorials you will apply the knowledge from the literature and the lectures to practical matters and current events. In addition to the lectures and tutorials, you will spend a large part of your time in the library or at home studying the literature independently and completing assignments. Most of the courses are evaluated with one or more tests. This is usually a written examination, but it can also be an essay, a report, or a presentation. 

  • Lectures: 4 hours per week
  • Tutorials: 12 to 14 hours per week
  • Self study: 25 to 30 hours per week
     

Dutch track

Are you a Dutch-speaking student? Then you can also participate in our Dutch track. The programme of the Dutch track is exactly the same as the programme of the English track. 

HBO degree or equivalent

If you have obtained a Dutch HBO degree or you have obtained an international degree equal to a Dutch HBO, there are possibilities to receive exemptions in the Bachelor's programme in Communication Science. For more information please select the statement that applies to you below.