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Programme Director and associate Professor Hilde Voorveld and student Cynthia Dekker talk about what makes this Research Master's programme unique, what the career prospects are and about the difference with the Professional Research Master's track.
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.
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?
Graduates of the Academic track of this Research Master's are in an excellent position to pursue a further academic career through the conduct of a funded PhD research project in the Netherlands and abroad.
But the two-year Research Master’s programme also qualifies graduates for jobs in which analytical rigour 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 Booking.com
- Teaching in higher education programs
Can we change tracks later on in the Research Master's programme?
No, as we have to organize the education logistics, only if you really have a very good reason and under special circumstances.
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).
Can you do an internship at a professional (/consultancy) company in the academic track?
No, you can only do an internship in the academic track at a research institute or a research company. If you want to do an internship at a professional company, we advise you to follow the Professional track of the Research Master's programme.