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Research Master
Communication Science: Research Master's (Professional)
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Application and admission

Before you apply for the Research Master’s programme in Communication Science, we ask that you check the entry requirements and read the application instructions carefully. Please check the options below, to see which application procedure applies to you. Students applying for September intake must obtain their diploma before 1 September. For February intake, students must obtain their diploma before 1 February. In case a student does not yet have a hard copy of their diploma, a declaration of graduation will suffice (until a hard copy of the official diploma can be issued and sent to us).

If you have any further questions, please read our FAQ through the button below. If that did not answer your question you can reach out to admissions-cs@uva.nl.

Note: The current application process will not be applicable for the September 2023 and February 2024 intake. We are currently revising the admission and selection procedure. Make sure to read our new admission and selection procedure before you apply. New and fully up-to-date information will be online on October 2022.

1. How is this programme different from the 1-year Master’s programme?

A Research Master's programme is more focused on research and as such offers more thorough preparation for motivated students who are looking for an excellent education in Communication Science. The Research Master’s is not only to pursue a career that is specifically targeted at doing research. Research Master’s graduates have, without exception, found employment in academic as well as professional organisations. Graduates are also in an excellent position to apply for a PhD. Whereas the Master's programme must be completed within one year, the Research Master's takes up to two years. Selection is more competitive.

2. Research Master’s is a selective programme

The Research Master's programme is a selective programme for students with an above-average interest in and aptitude for the study of Communication Science, and the conduct of empirical research in the field of Communication Science in particular. That is why, above and beyond the other admission criteria, the Admission committee also considers each applicant for the Research Master's programme on the basis of courses taken and grade marks obtained so far, including those courses in the student's application file that involved empirical (and especially quantitative) methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

The Admission Committee will assess each applicant for the Research Master's on his or her individual merits, whereby proven interest and motivation play a role. However, as a general rule, applicants to the Research Master's programme should have obtained grade marks in their Bachelor's and/or Master's programme(s) so far that exceed the level of a 'minimal pass', including those courses that involved quantitative methods of data-collection and data-analysis.

3. Switch from (pre-)Master’s to Research Master’s programme

1-year Master’s students admitted to the 1-year Master’s programme cannot switch to the Research Master's programme. Pre-Master’s students initially admitted to the 1-year Master’s program can switch to the Research Master's programme if they qualify and apply before the deadline of 1 November. Also important is that they pass their pre-Master’s programme with above-average grades.

Do you wish to apply to switch to the Research Master’s programme while you are still in the pre-Master’s programme? You will follow the steps for application and admission just as if you are a new student who wants to start the Research Master’s programme, with a few minor adjustments in the application:

  1. Update your self-assessment form for research methodology based on what you have learned (so far) in the pre-Master’s programme.
  2. Write a new motivation stating why you wish to switch to the Research Master’s programme and give an example of what aspect of the Research Master’s programme appeals to you most.
  3. Update your course description and individual research paper example if necessary, based on the courses you are taking in the pre-Master’s programme.
  4. Send an email to admission-cs@uva.nl notifying you have sent in an application for the Research Master’s programme as a ‘switcher student’.