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Research Master
Communication Science: Research Master's (Academic)
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What do you learn in the Academic Research Master's programme Communication Science?

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.

Video about what graduates in Communication Science do
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.

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Want to see where you will be studying? Explore the campus in our virtual map, or plan a visit and experience it yourself using the interactive app.

Frequently asked questions

  • I have completed "name of a study programme", do I have to do a pre-Master's 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. Visit the Careers webpage for more information.

  • Can I change tracks later on in the Research Master's programme?

    No, this is not possible as we have to organise the educational logistics. However, if you have severe personal/special circumstances, you can come to see the study advisers and discuss your situation.

  • Can I 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.