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Research Master

Communication Science: Research Master's (Professional)


Would you like to resolve communication challenges in practice rather than just study them? The Research Master’s (Professional track) in Communication Science is a two-year MSc degree programme for students who would like to be at the forefront of the newest developments in understanding the role of communication and media in an applied context.

Online open day

Do you want to know more about Communication Science (Professional track)? You can visit our online open day page any time to delve into this study programme. Watch videos, talk to students and deepen your knowledge. Or sign up for an online event or open day.

Discover the two Research Master’s tracks

There are two different types of Research Master's offered by the the Gradute School of Communication:

Why a Research Master's?

The increasing pervasiveness of media and communication in our lives forms many fascinating challenges. Older notions of media and communication need to be reassessed, the new media environment needs to be charted, and the consequences of the rapid changes in new media and digital technologies need to be understood. This forms the core of the Research Master’s programme in Communication Science.

Hands-on research experience

As a Research Master’s student, you will actively participate in one of the ongoing research projects at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), the research institute in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. This hands-on research training creates a unique opportunity for you to learn from and work closely with leading international scholars. Should you wish to gain even more experience, you can also choose to replace part of your coursework with an optional research internship in an academic or professional research institution.

"The great thing about the Research Master’s is that it leaves all of my options open and gives me the choice to do what I aspire."

Leonie Westerbeek

Why study Communication Science at the UvA? 

Many Lecturers are researchers at the ASCoR

Renowned teachers

Choose from

2 different tracks

Study in a fascinating and media-saturated environment


After graduation

The knowledge and skills acquired during the course provide an effective grounding for positions in:

  • Communication research (academic researcher, media researcher, market and opinion researcher)
  • Communication advice (publishing, public information expert, advertising or PR consultant, communication consultant)
  • Management (publisher, programme director, research agency)

Is the Professional Research Master's Communication Science for you? 

Do you: 


  • enjoy doing research and would like to be part of the research community?

  • like a challenge? Research in communication science is complicated.

  • find communication science deeply fascinating and cannot wait to explore the field?

  • consider achieving a job in research and analysis after your Master's? 

  • want to get the most out of your Master's programme?

Then the Professional Research Master's is the right Master's track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Communication Science (research, professional)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in February, September
CROHO code 60163
Location Roeterseiland campus