Master of Science (MSc) in Information Studies: Human Centered Multimedia
Language of instruction: English
Starts in: September
Human Centered Multimedia is the Master's programme for you if:
- you are interested in the ways people interact with (new) technology and media, and how they are supported, hampered and influenced by them
- you want to analyse systems for the supply, storage and communication of information by means of various media (such as video, speech and text)
- you want to make connections between corporate/organisational management and the people responsible for developing technological solutions
- you are creative, and prepared to look beyond standard solutions
- your focus is on the end user.
The programme examines subjects like:
- visualisation technology
- information retrieval
- semantic web technology
- mobile systems
- cognitive tools
The city of Amsterdam is ideally suited to research these subjects. It offers an environment of unrivaled innovation, and is one of the most important European centres in the area of ICT and new media.
The HCM programme has five mandatory courses:
- Intelligent Interactive Systems (6 EC)
- Knowledge and Media (6 EC)
- Multimedia Information Systems (6 EC)
- Research Methods (6 EC)
- Thesis Design (6 EC)
Plus a choice (12 EC) of the following 'constrained choice' courses:
- Information Visualisation (6 EC)
- Web Search (6 EC)
- Mobile Systems (6 EC)
- The Social Web (6 EC)
The last part of the HCM programme is dedicated to an individual research project, culminating in a Master's thesis (18 EC). This can be a general study regarding multiple organisations, or a study conducted within a specific organisation (your current workplace, for example). You can also choose to join an ongoing research programme within the UvA. Examples of HCM research questions include:
- How do people respond to a lying robot?
- How can we apply mobile technology to prevent those in the early stages of dementia from getting lost?
- What is the most effective way to present users complex information?
- How can we improve digital communication between the Ministry of Education and individual schools?
- How can we use an interactive game to help children find their way around the library?
You are eligible for the HCM track programme, if you have one (or more) of these degrees:
- a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree in Information Studies (Informatiekunde) - direct admission to the programme
- a Dutch or foreign academic Bachelor's degree in a field closely related to HCM (such as computer science, artificial intelligence, communication studies, media Studies) and an overall GPA of at least a 7 (Dutch grading system; equivalent of 3.0 in US system, 2:1 in UK system, C in ECTS system) - further examination and possibly a pre-Master's programme is needed before admission can be considered (check 'Application procedure')
- a Dutch or foreign college of higher vocational education (‘HBO’ in Dutch) Bachelor's degree in a field closely related to HCM (such as computing, media and culture, communication technology, multimedia design, information engineering) and an overall GPA of at least a 7 (Dutch grading system; equivalent of 3.0 in US system, 2:1 in UK system, C in ECTS system) - further examination and possibly a pre-Master's programme is needed before admission can be considered
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Cost & Fees
Information for Dutch and international students
Tuition fee rates are divided into statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees.
The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government.
Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.
The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February 2016 can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.
Statutory tuition fees 2015-2016
- full-time students €1.951
- part-time students €1.696
- dual programme students €1.951
- AUC students €4.076
- PPLE students €3.902
Enrolment provisions for the University of Amsterdam
In the Enrolment Provisions for the University of Amsterdam 2014-2015, the UvA Executive Board sets out the tuition and examination fee rates, and the enrolment conditions and procedures, among other things.
Other tuition fees apply to foreign exchange students. For more information, contact the faculty coordinator.
2015-2016 statutory tuition fees for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname
Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements.
2015-2016 institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees
You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:
- you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Surinam;
- after obtaining your Bachelor's degree you enrol for a second Bachelor's programme;
- after obtaining your Master's degree you enrol for a second Master's programme;
- you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements.
Students who are to obtain their first degree within the CROHO field of health care or in a teacher training programme.
The high institutional tuition fee does not apply to students who attend a second Bachelor's programme during their first Bachelor's programme, nor to students who attend a second Master' programme during their first Master's programme. If you have registered for two Bachelor's programmes or two Master's programmes at the same time and you complete one of them, you will be allowed to complete your second parallel Bachelor's or Master's programme upon payment of the statutory tuition fee, provided that you do not interrupt your studies. This has been a statutory rule since the 2014 -2015 academic year.
Last updated December 22, 2016