Would you like to create new knowledge rather than just study it? The Research Master’s 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 society.
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.
Ambitious and personal
The Research Master’s in Communication Science is the flagship training programme of the Graduate School of Communication. It is an ambitious programme with courses taught in small and interactive groups. This allows you to work closely with highly motivated international fellow students as well as renowned researchers from the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and among the largest worldwide. The programme also provides a high degree of personal guidance from our supporting staff.
The flexible curriculum allows you to pursue your own interests by specialising in, or combining courses from one of our four domains: Corporate Communication, Persuasive Communication, Political Communication and Entertainment Communication. The approach is multidisciplinary: core theories and methods in communication science are combined with concepts from political science, sociology, psychology and economics.
In addition to theoretical modules, the Research Master’s offers you a wide selection of practical courses in empirical research methodologies, such as (automated) content analysis, social media analytics, experimentation, survey and qualitative analysis.
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.
Excellent career prospects
The Research Master’s programme provides an excellent preparation for a PhD in communication science, or a related field, at the UvA or any other (international) university. But of course you can also put your expertise to use outside of the academic world. The programme provides a solid background for research positions at media corporations and production companies, marketing and advertising agencies, governmental organisations and consultancy businesses.
Studying Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam
You will graduate from an internationally consistently high ranked university with a supportive learning environment and outstanding academic staff. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 lists Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam as the best in Europe, ranked first worldwide.
The city of Amsterdam is a fascinating, media-saturated environment. Studying in this major European centre for media research and development provides you with an (international) network of contacts that helps you develop a career after graduation.
The Research Master's in Communication Science is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication Science and the title Master’s of Science (MSc).
Excellent job opportunities await graduates of the University of Amsterdam's Graduate School of Communication.
The career prospects for our alumni are good. A recent poll among our alumni (2017) showed that most graduates found paid positions matching their profile within two to three months after graduation (n=231).
The two-year Research Master’s programme qualifies graduates for jobs in which analytical rigour and research are central. A degree in Communication Science (research) provides a solid background for working in among others:
- advertising and media agencies
- public opinion and market research companies
- (semi-)governmental research organizations
- PR and consultancy
- new media companies
- international, national and local governments and NGO’s
- major corporations such as Google or Booking.com
- Teaching in higher education programs
Graduates are also in an excellent position to pursue a further academic career through the conduct of a funded PhD research project in the Netherlands and abroad.
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Last updated October 10, 2018