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Research Master
Communication Science: Research Master's (Professional)
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Online open day

Do you want to know more about the Research Master's programme of Communication Science? You can visit our online open day page any time to delve into this study programme. Watch videos, talk to students and deepen your knowledge. Or sign up for an online event or open day.

Meet & Ask

During the UvA's master's week in November 2021, a brief programme presentation was held after which you could ask your questions to students, a teacher and a study advisor. Did you miss the Meet & Ask? Watch it here.

What do you learn in the Professional Research Master's programme?

Programme Director and associate Professor Hilde Voorveld and student Alex Atzberger talk about what makes this Research Master's programme unique, what the career prospects are and about the difference with the Academic Research Master's track.

What do our Alumni do?

Meet our alumni: Suzanne Hartog who works as a trainee at the government, Lokke van der Wal, who works as a online campaign manager at KLM and also meet Erik Hilhorst who works as a junior analyst at Publistat.

Online campus tour

The Communication Science department is on the Roeterseilandcampus in the centre of Amsterdam. Look at the virtual map and videos of our building REC C and the rest of the campus.

Visit the campus

Do you want to see where you will be studying? Come to the UvA and experience our campuses with the interactive UvA Campus Tour app. Soak up the atmosphere, solve riddles and bring the campus to life through augmented and virtual reality.

Frequently asked questions

  • I have completed "name of a study programme", do I have to do a pre-Master first?

    That is always viewed and assessed per person. If you want to be sure, sign up. The admission officers will let you know if you need to do a pre-Master. Three things are considered:

    • Do you have knowledge of the most important theories in communication science?
    • Do you have knowledge in statistics?
    • Do you know how to write an empirical paper?

    If you answered “no” to one of the questions, chances are that you will have to follow (part of) the pre-Master.

    Hence, students with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) or equivalent cannot be admitted to the (pre-) Master’s.  They may opt for taking the short-track Bachelor's programme at the College of Communication first to meet the criteria and then re-apply. This short-track Bachelor’s (verkorte Bachelor) is taught in English and Dutch.

  • What are my job opportunities when I finish the Research Master's programme?

    The two-year Research Master’s programme qualifies graduates for jobs in which analytical rigor and research are central. A degree in Communication Science (research) provides a solid background for working in among others: 

    • advertising and media agencies
    • public opinion and market research companies
    • (semi-)governmental research organizations
    • PR and consultancy
    • new media companies
    • international, national and local governments and NGO’s
    • major corporations such as Google or
    • Teaching in higher education programs
  • How many contact hours are there (weekly)?

    4 to 8 contact hours (which are workgroups/tutorial groups) per week depending on how many courses you have each block. You mostly have two courses each block. Of course, the remains of hours are in group work, studying, homework, paper writing/assignments etc).