MA in Information Science

General

Program Description

University of Groningen

How can you build an intelligent search engine? What is the best way to present a text? And how do you design a user-friendly website? Find out in this master's track.

This track is a specialization of the Master's degree program in Communication and Information Sciences.

As a student of Information Science, you learn how to automate the process of analyzing unstructured data (such as text), transfer raw data into accessible and intelligible information. You will do research in the domains of natural language processing, the semantic web, and computer-mediated communication.

In this program, you will analyze information and communication processes between individuals and organizations. One question is crucial: what options do new technological developments offer to improve information and communication processes?

The Master's track builds on the knowledge, insights, and skills that you have acquired in your Bachelor's degree. You will learn to carry out research independently and handle information in a professional manner. In addition to courses, you will do an internship. You will finish the degree with an independent research project and a Master's thesis.

All courses are taught in English. Deficiency programs are partly taught in Dutch.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Courses are directly related to state-of-the-art research in the department;
  • High marks in national student evaluation;
  • Internationally renowned computational linguistics research unit.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Learning from Data (5 EC, optional)
  • Semantic Web Technology (5 EC, optional)
  • Shared Task Information Science (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar Information Science (5 EC)
  • Computational Semantics (5 EC, optional)
  • Computer-Mediated Communication (5 EC, optional)
  • Natural Language Processing (5 EC, optional)
  • User Interface Evaluation (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's thesis (20 EC)
  • Master Internship (10 EC)
  • Language Technology Project (5 EC, optional)

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.
previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • Communication and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 August 2020

01 January 2021

15 August 2021

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 June 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 June 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 12500 full-time

Job prospects

As a graduate, you can work as a web developer, software-engineer, IT-consultant, application developer, researcher or teacher. You have a wide choice of places to work: it goes without saying that you could find a function in a large IT firm, but virtually any other company or organization with an IT department has a need for Information Science specialists. It is also possible to start your own company or become a researcher.

Our former students work in large information technology companies or in information technology departments of companies and governments. Some of them successfully started their own company. Others began an international academic career and have obtained a Ph.D. degree.

Job examples

  • Computational linguist
  • Information analyst
  • Software developer
  • Web designer
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Manager
  • Researcher in natural language processing

Research

As a student of Information Science, you will develop a solid theoretical and practical foundation for carrying out this kind of research. The knowledge you will gain matches well with current job requirements for researchers in the field of Information Science.

Research in Information Science concentrates on Groningen on the development, use, and evaluation of language and web technology. Good examples are automated search and analysis of information in traditional and new media, dialectology, corpus annotation, gamification, and syntactic and semantic analysis of the text. This research is coordinated by the Computational Linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).

Last updated Jun 2020

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