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Master
Communication Science: Political Communication
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Study programme

The curriculum of the Political Communication track of the Master’s programme in Communication Science comprises one year of intensive, full-time study. This includes two core specialisation seminars, a thesis preparation group, a research methods course tailored to your thesis ideas, two electives of your choice, and the final Master’s thesis.

First Semester

Students will start with the compulsory specialisation seminars: Journalism and the Media and Citizens and Public Opinion. You will also prepare for your thesis process by following a Thesis Preparation group. In block 3 you take the course Research Methods Tailored to the Thesis, in which you’ll refresh, train and further develop your research skills before starting to write your Master’s thesis in the following semester. 

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Second Semester

In the second semester, you can personalise your Master’s by choosing two electives, allowing you to create a Master’s programme that best suits your interests. There is a range of excellent electives offered each semester. You can pick electives from Political Communication (e.g. Psychology in Political Communication, Political Marketing, The Misinformation Crisis? or Investigative Journalism) and the other tracks (e.g. Persuasive Design in a Digital Era, Digital Analytics, Sustainability Marketing and Communication). You can find all electives here (the selection of electives varies each semester). 

Master’s thesis

The Master’s thesis is developed under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. You will be guided in the creation, design, conduct, analysis and reporting of an original, scientific and empirical study on a topic of your choosing. Previous thesis topics include, among many others:

  • how young people’s attitudes are influenced by watching political satire
  • whether and why there are cross-national differences in the way media report on the global economic crisis
  • how foreign correspondents see their journalistic roles
  • the role of emotions in political communication
  • what impact the news media have on attitudes towards immigration.  
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Journalism and the Media
    1—2
    12
  • Citizens and Public Opinion
    1—2
    12
  • Thesis preparation
    1—2
  • Research Methods Tailored to the Thesis
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    6
  • Elective 1
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    6
  • Elective 2
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    6
  • Master's thesis
    5—6
    18
See more information in the Course Catalogue