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Research Master
Communication Science: Research Master's (Academic)
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I have a non-Dutch nationality

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The deadlines for admission to the programme differ for Dutch degree and non-Dutch degree students.

    Please make sure that you submit your application via MyInfo before the deadline and that you submit your enrolment request for the Master's programme in Studielink at least one week before the deadline.

    Both the Master's and the pre-Master's programmes in Communication Science start in September as well as February. Please see which deadline is applicable to you.

    I have a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree

    • Start in September 2022: 1 May 2022
    • Start in February 2023: 1 November 2022

    I have a non-Dutch degree

    • Start in September 2022: 1 April 2022
    • Start in February 2023: 1 September 2022
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To guarantee the quality of the education within the Graduate School, you will have to meet all entry requirements specified below. If you don't fit the profile entirely, you are still welcome to apply. When you have the right undergraduate qualifications (academic level and background) but a lack of knowledge and experience in the required areas, it is plausible you will be conditionally admitted based on completing a pre-Master's programme or online course first. The admissions board will evaluate every applicant individually, based on:

    1. Academic Bachelor's or Master's degree
    2. Bachelor's curriculum and attended courses
    3. Results obtained for specific courses
    4. English language proficiency

    Unfortunately, admission to the pre-Master's and Master's programme is not possible when you don't have the right undergraduate qualifications.

    Undergraduate qualification: Academic level

    Applicants who obtained a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree at a research university (WO) are eligible to apply for one of our Master’s programmes. This means that applicants with a non-Dutch degree need to meet the same qualifications. The minimum level of your diploma should therefore be at least equivalent or comparable to three years of a Dutch research-oriented university. To establish whether your degree is equivalent to this level, we’ll need to assess it first. This will be done by professional diploma evaluators based on the guidelines of the Nuffic (an independent organisation for internationalisation in education). Please find an overview of the descriptions of different foreign education systems on the Nuffic website

    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.

    Undergraduate qualification: Background

    Admission (conditionally) is usually realistic for students who at least hold an academic Bachelor's degree in Communication Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication & Information Studies, Media Studies, Journalism with a research emphasis, Business Administration and International Relations). However, these students will probably have to complete some extra coursework (pre-Master's or online course)  prior to the Master’s programme, depending on their knowledge of theories in Communication Science and (quantitative) social science methods and statistics.

    Students with a completely different Bachelor’s background, without any links to the field of Communication Science, are most likely not eligible for the (pre-) Master’s programme.

    Knowledge about theories of Communication Science

    The Master's programme in Communication Science expects you to have a certain understanding of Communication Science theories. The admissions board will evaluate this based on your Bachelor’s curriculum and completed courses. Work experience is not taken into consideration.

    The Graduate School of Communication is a big advocate of massive online courses (MOOCs) due to our believe that these can greatly contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and the accessibility of education for people across the world. That is why we among others offer the MOOC-courses Introduction to Communication Science and Media Ethics and Governance on the Coursera platform.

    You are more than welcome to participate in our Coursera-offer. Candidate applicants however should take into account that the certificates from Cousera or from other online education platforms do not replace certified transcripts and degree certificates from accredited institutes of higher education in the admission process. This is because education through MOOCs is not a part of the necessary principles of surveillance for accredited degrees. 

    Knowledge about theories of (quantitative) social science methods and statistics

    The Master's programme in Communication Science has its roots in sociobehavioural sciences. In line with this sociobehavioural tradition, the programme attempts to teach you how to systematically observe and measure the effects of media and communication. In order to make the most of our Master’s programme in Communication Science, you must be at ease with the use of certain sociobehavioural data collection methods (such as survey design and experimental design), and statistical models to analyse the data (such as measurement models, linear regression and analysis of variance). This level of knowledge has to be confirmed by the content of courses taken during your academic Bachelor’s programme. Work experience is not taken into consideration.

    Experience in conducting empirical research with the use of inferential statistics

    Besides knowledge of social science methods and statistics, we require you to be able to conduct and evaluate quantitative empirical research. This will be evaluated based on research papers written during your Bachelor’s programme.

    Results obtained for specific courses

    The Research Master's programme is a selective programme for students with above-average interest in and aptitude for the the study of Communication Science, and the conduct of empirical research in the field of Communication Science in particular. That is why, above and beyond the other admission criteria, the Admission committee also considers each applicant for the Research Master's programme on the basis of courses taken and grade marks obtained so far, including those courses in the student's application file that involved empirical (and especially quantitative) methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

    The Admission committee will assess each applicant for the Research Master's on his or her individual merits, whereby proven interest and motivation play a role. However, as a general rule, applicants to the Research Master's programme should have obtained grade marks in their Bachelor's and/or Master's programme(s) so far that exceed the level of a 'minimal pass', including those courses that involved quantitative methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

    English language proficiency

    All Communication Science courses in the Master’s programme are taught in English. You must therefore be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English with a non-Dutch degree. Please note that if you do not meet this requirement, admission is not possible. We only accept test results from TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge Proficiency English. Other English tests are not considered valid.

    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is securely monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. For further information check here.

    Requirements regarding English language level are*:

    1. TOEFL iBT**(MyBest™ Scores are not accepted): 100, subscores: Reading: 24, Listening: 22, Speaking: 25,  Writing: 24.
    2. IELTS***: Overall Band Score minimum score 7, subscores 6,5 
    3. Cambridge International Examinations: minimum score Cambridge English scale (Advanced C1): 190 or higher.

    * English language test results may not be older than 2 years.
    ** The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) is NOT accepted.  

    *** The IELTS indicator test is NOT accepted.

    How to submit your language test score:

    • IELTS test certificate by e-mail to,
    • TOEFL test results (institutional code: 3995) by e-mail to,
    • Cambridge test result (original document) must be sent to the Graduate School of Communication by regular post.*

    *Please note; it can take up to 6 weeks before we receive regular post, depending on what country of origin the post was sent from. Take this into consideration when planning your English test as it is your responsibility to have the results delivered in time to complete your whole admission.

    English test exemptions

    Native speakers of English are, of course, exempted from the requirement. This includes applicants who were raised in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

    Students with a Dutch Bachelor’s degree are also exempted from this requirement. 

    Students who have completed secondary or tertiary programme/education in an English-speaking country as listed above can include a waiver request in their application. Consequently, this means that if you have a degree from an English-taught bachelor’s programme in a non-English (native) speaking country, the English test requirement will NOT be waived.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvanetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to the UvA application form. Please fill out this application form (myinfo) in order to complete your application. This complete application (in myinfo) needs to be submitted on the day of the deadline at the latest.

    To complete the application form, you need your UvAnetID and several documents. Please note that it will take several days after your enrolment request in Studielink before you receive your UvAnetID. Therefore we advise you to register in Studielink a week in advance in order to avoid missing the application deadline. For the specific application deadlines see step 1 'Check deadlines'.
    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Please follow the next steps in order to complete your application.

    You need to submit your application before the specific application deadline (see section 1). Please note that it will take several days after your enrolment request in Studielink before you receive your UvAnetID. Therefore we advise you to register in Studielink in advance in order to avoid missing the application deadline.

    Please make sure your application documents have ENGLISH file names that include the following: Type document_your name (example: course description research methods courses_Mary Jones). A complete application consists of the following documents:

    • Self-assessment form research methodology and statistics
    • Statement of motivation (max. 500 words)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official certified copies of higher education diplomas or an official graduation statement with your expected graduation date on it. Official translations are required if the original documents are in another language than English, German, French or Dutch.
    • Official certified copy of your transcripts of grades. Transcripts must show grades/results and the number of credits obtained. Official translations are required if the original documents are in another language than English, German, French or Dutch.
    • Certified English language test report (if applicable to you) as described in step 2 Check entry requirements, section English language proficiency. Please also check step 2 on how to officially submit your test report.
    • An individually written empirical research paper, preferably based on quantitative research methods and inferential statistics. If you are not in possession of such a paper, please upload your thesis or another research paper that has been written during your Bachelor’s or Master's programme. In case this paper was not written in Dutch, English or German, a translation of the abstract, methods and results sections needs to be created and uploaded together with the original paper.
    • Description of taken courses in communication science and/or social sciences (if any). Descriptions should include information on the learning objectives, the content discussed and the used literature per each coursePlease make sure to upload the course descriptions in English (Dutch or German).
    • Description of taken courses in research methodology and statistics (if any). The research methods course descriptions should define the learning objectivescontent discussedused literature and an overview of the used research methods and analyses as described in the syllabus. Please make sure to upload the course descriptions in English (Dutch or German).

    Your results in the University of Amsterdam Communication Science (Pre-)Master Programme are based on your personal, individual effort. The unauthorized aid of external professional services may lead to your exclusion from the programme, such at the discretion of the Examinations Board.

    Likewise, the aid of professional services for the application process to our programme (other than translation services) may lead to direct rejection of your application, such at the discretion of the Admission Committee.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. You will be notified about their decision by email. The complete admission process can take up to 8 weeks for students with a non-Dutch degree and 4 weeks for students with a Dutch degree. 

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Confirming your participation

    When you receive an offer, you will also receive a separate email with a link where you can accept, defer or decline your offer. Please make sure that you respond within 2 weeks.


    You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.


    You are able to defer your start for a maximum of one year. After that year your offer will become invalid and you will need to re-apply. Your application will be considered as a new submission and a different outcome may apply. Please keep in mind that when you defer your start, for administrative purposes, you will need to :

    1. submit your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form again once you do decide to start the programme and upload the admission decision you received in your initial application
    2. Inform our admissions office that you applied for a later semester under the deferral by sending an e-mail to


    You will also need to de-enrol yourself for the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme we need to verify your previous education. This means that you have to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Note that you need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.

    Please note that also French and Spanish grade transcripts must be translated into English by sworn translators for application at the Graduate School of Communication. 

    You can send your certified documents to:

    The Graduate School of Communication
    Admissions Office (C7.02)
    PO Box 15796
    1001 NG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    If you’ve completed your Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, we will verify your previous education based on the records provided by DUO. In this case you don’t have to send us certified copies of your degree and transcript.

  • 9. Submit test results

    If you have not sent your English test results yet, please make sure to do this before the deadline as stated in your offer. All language test scores need to be sent directly by the testing organisation to the Graduate School of Communication by regular post. When sending the TOEFL results, please make use of our institutional code: 3995.

  • 10. Pay the tuition fee

    You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.

  • 11. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    In order to study in the Netherlands, you may need to apply for a residence permit and/or an entry visa. This depends on your nationality. Depending on your start moment, you will receive an email from the immigration department with a link to an online form in either May or November. More information on how to apply for UvA housing and on the UvA start appointment will become available in these months as well.

    Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very tight and that applying for student housing through the UvA doesn’t guarantee placement. For this reason we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well. The UvA housing service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (two semesters) to new incoming international students. 

    > More information about practical matters

  • 12. Register for courses

    In order for you to participate in the courses of the pre-Master’s or Master’s programme in Communication Science, you will have to register for your courses. The course registration periods are always in June and November. More information on the course registration will be sent to you in May or November.

    Please note, after your application has been reviewed, one of the possible admission decisions could be that you will have to complete a (or several) pre-master course(s) in advance before you can be unconditionally admitted in the Master’s programme. Our pre-master’s programme  will be offered on-campus again (with some elements in the programme that will be taught online) as of September 2022.


  • 13. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.

  • 14. Attend start appointment

    Moving to another city is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments every year (free of charge). They will help you with practical issues that you may have regarding your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering at the municipality and opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for the Start Appointment after you have submitted your immigration application. There are two different types of Start appointment: all-inclusive and regular.

    Note: due to the Covid19 measurements there will be no start appointments. More information about arriving in Amsterdam you'll find here

  • 15. Attend introduction day

    To help you get started, the Graduate School of Communication organizes a mandatory introduction day for all new (pre-) Master’s students. Usually this day is held on the Thursday before the first week of classes, so be sure to save the date. Depending on your start moment, the invitation and programme will be sent mid-August or mid-January.