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Communication Science

How do media influence voters during elections? What is the effect of an anti-smoking campaign? And what are the consequences of the growing importance of social media vs. traditional media? We are constantly influenced by media and communication. In Communication Science we study this impact.


The minor consists of 30 EC (1 semester) or 60 EC (2 semesters), depending on which one you choose. Besides the course Milestones in Communication Science, minor students choose three Communication Science Topic courses (6 ECTS). You can find the programme and detailed course descriptions of the current academic year in the Course catalogue (see links above). 

Entry requirements

Regular minors

There is a minor of 30 ECTS and 60 ECTS. Both are available to Bachelor's students regardless of the subject they are studying. The 60 ECTS minor includes courses about research methods and is especially relevant to students without a background in social sciences.

HBO follow-on minor

Moreover, there is a special minor for HBO students who would like to transfer to the (short-track) Bachelor's programme in Communication Science: the follow-on minor. Click on one of the links below (depending on your situation) for more information about the follow-on minor. 

Start dates

  • 30 ECTS minor: September and February
  • 60 ECTS minor: September
  • Follow-on minor: September

Application and Admission

You can register for this minor if you have finished the first year of your university major or if you have obtained 180 ECTS in your HBO degree programme (Dutch higher education with an applied emphasis). If you like to start the minor in September, the deadline for application is 15 June. If you like to start the minor in February, the deadline for application is 10 December. You need to apply for the minor before you can register for minor courses. 

Follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Submit an application request via one of the following online application forms: Form for UvA students or Form for non-UvA students.
  2. The Education administration will discuss your eligibility with the minor coordinator. Subsequently, you will receive a message of the Education administration about your admission.
  3. Apply for the minor courses during the course registration period, even if you have not yet received a message from the Education administration.  

Minor certificate

After completion of the minor, you can request a minor certificate which lists the courses you followed. You can request your minor certificate online.

More info and contact

For more general information about applying for and taking a minor, you can contact the Education Desk.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30-60 ECTS, 6-12 months
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission
Starts in February, September