Students will start with the compulsory specialisation seminars: Developing Media Entertainment and Clashing Views on Media Effects. You will also start your thesis process by following Thesis preparation groups. In block 3 you take the course Research Methods Tailored to the Thesis course, in which you will refresh, train and further develop your research skills before starting to write your Master’s thesis in the following semester.
The highlight of the course for me was to write a weekly blog post on the week’s topic. This helped me to exercise my writing ability, combining both the scientific knowledge as well as our thoughts on current practices and real-life media examples.Stephani Pio Read her experience
In the second semester, you can personalise your Master’s by choosing two electives, allowing you to create a Master’s programme that suits your interest best. There is a range of excellent electives offered each semester, including, for example, Digital Media Lifestyles, Climate Change Communication, Digital Analytics or Investigative Journalism. You can find all electives here (selection of electives varies each semester).
Also in the second semester, you will complete your Master’s thesis (18 ECTS). You will be guided and supervised in the creation, design, conduct, analysis and reporting of an academic empirical study. Previous research topics include The influence of digital media use on emotional experiences; the effect of humour in educational entertainment television programming; social robot and human-robot interaction; gender roles on Netflix; the effects of Virtual Reality gaming experiences; the effect of Instagram on body image.
Clashing Views on Media Effects1—212
Developing Media Entertainment1—212
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Thesis Entertainment Communication5—618
This Master's programme is a full-time study. A large part of your programme focuses on self-study. In addition, you have weekly lectures and opportunities for tutorials and group projects.
|Lectures||approx. 4 hours per week|
|Tutorials||approx. 4 hours per week|
|Self-study||32 hours per week|