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Communication Science: Political Communication


The Political Communication track addresses questions at the core of our democratic societies. How do citizens learn about politics in the era of disinformation and algorithm-driven social media? How can journalism survive and thrive? And how can political actors best reach the public? We focus on the interactions (and tensions) between politicians, journalists, audiences and technologies in the modern digital media era.


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Discover the Master’s programme & tracks

Within the Master's Communication Science you specialize in one of the following four tracks:

Study programme

In this Master’s, you will study how interactions between (non-)governmental actors, politicians, journalists, and citizens take shape, and with what effects. You will learn how (social) media influences political engagement, who tries to influence the news, how powerful journalists are in setting the (political) agenda, and take a comparative look at how this differs in different countries.

'I have gained much insight on the interplay between the public, the media and politics. '

Elena Klaas

Why study Communication Science at the UvA? 

Many Lecturers are researchers at the ASCoR

Renowned teachers

Choose from

4 different specialisations

Study in a fascinating and media-saturated environment


Academic Staff

The lecturers and supervisors in the Communication Science Master’s programme are internationally renowned for their experience and expertise in their field of research.

Bert Bakker
Sanne Kruikemeier
Knut de Swert


This track provides the basis for editorial, policy, advisory and research positions in the media sector, government, politics, civil-society organisations and the commercial world.  

Graduates can be found working as: 

  • spokespersons  
  • data scientists 
  • journalists 
  • communication consultants for numerous organisations ranging from local municipalities to the European Union and from non-governmental organisations to ministries. 
  • PhD students and in academic research jobs 

Is the Master's track: Political Communication for you? 

Are you interested in:  

  • learning how changing (social) media habits influence citizens’ political engagement? 
  • critically analysing the interactions between the public, the media and politics? 
  • examining key changes and challenges facing journalism today? 
  • developing cutting-edge research skills for a communication- or media-related career?  
  • studying with an engaged group of international students?

Then Political Communication is the right Master's track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Communication Science
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in February, September
CROHO code 66615
Location Roeterseiland campus