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Research Master
Communication Science: Research Master's (Academic)
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Excellent job opportunities await graduates of the University of Amsterdam's Graduate School of Communication. The career prospects for our alumni are good. A recent poll among our alumni (2017) showed that most graduates found paid positions matching their profile within two to three months after graduation (n=231).

Where do our graduates work?

After completion of the programme, you are qualified to apply for an existing PhD project or to create your own PhD project by submitting a PhD project proposal and applying for a research grant. A Research Master's degree in Communication Science also provides a solid background for jobs in which analytical rigor and research are central such as in:

  • communication consultancy
  • public opinion and market research companies
  • (semi-)governmental research organisations
  • media and advertising agencies
  • new media companies
  • international, national and local governments and NGO’s
  • major corporations
  • teaching in higher education programs

Graduates are also in an excellent position to pursue a further academic career through the conduct of a funded PhD research project in the Netherlands and abroad.  

Interview with Communication Science (research) alumna Sophie Boerman

Career coaching during your Master's

Mentoring programme

Students can participate in a mentoring program in which they will have small-group meetings with junior faculty members to talk about issues like career orientation, dealing with stress etc.

Careers Centre

Would you like to practice your job interview skills? Craft a LinkedIn strategy that could get you hired? Or would you simply like to know more about the labour market in the Netherlands? The advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help you students of the UvA with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competences, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals. 

Career Events

  • Five times a year, the Graduate School of Communication hosts a colloquium series called Communication Science on the Spot. During these sessions, a communication professional is interviewed by a Graduate School lecturer or researcher. Attendees are always encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation in order to help stimulate a lively debate. Previous speakers include Mirthe Enklaar (PepsiCo Benelux), Jutta Jakob (Newzoo), Belinda Borck (Tony's Chocoloney) and Ashley Vinson (Twitter).
  • We regularly organise events and workshops under the name Career Matters that help you prepare yourself for entry into the job market. The workshops are designed to help you gain practical, relevant skills that will help improve your employability after graduation. Think of topics related to online marketing for example, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics or Social Advertising, or to the field of journalism, such as writing an effective press release or a journalistic blog.