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Communication and Information

The Master’s Communication and Information provides students with a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the way in which language is used for informative and argumentative purposes. The programme offers insight into verbal communication in a range of practical settings, including parliamentary debate, political speeches, legal decisions, legislative debates, drug advertisements, doctor-to-patient consultation, mediation, negotiations and academic research papers, and allows you to specialise in one specific communicative genre.

Argumentation, Rhetoric and Text

You will learn to analyse verbal communication in prevalent genres from political, legal, health and academic domains. You are trained to analyse and evaluate the discourse in these genres using insights from discourse analysis, argumentation theory, rhetoric, genre theory and stylistics.

This Dual Master’s offers you:

  • A unique combination of discourse analysis and argumentation theory, while maintaining a strong practical orientation that will provide you with the skills needed in a professional communications career.
  • An internship in the Netherlands or abroad that serves as a stepping stone for your career in communication.
  • An international staff of world-renowned researchers and experts to guide you during your studies.
  • An intimate and personable learning environment in which you have direct contact with our scholars.
  • An active academic community that regularly organises symposia, talks, lectures and exchanges on argumentation and communication. 
  • The International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), hosted every four years by the department.
  • Practical assignments such as the organisation of a colloquium.  

Student profile

As a student in the Master’s programme in Communication and Information you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You have a strong interest in verbal communication and argumentation;
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies in the Humanities, Political science or Sociology;
  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis on a Bachelor’s level;
  • You are familiar with giving presentations in class and with working in a team;
  • You are interested in communication, writing, argumentation and rhetoric.

Degree certificate

Communication and Information is an accredited degree programme of the Master's degree programme Communication and Information Studies. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Communication and Information
Degree programme MA Communication and Information Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60833