MA in Information Science
University of Groningen
EUR 2,314 / per year **
01 May 2024*
Earliest start date
* EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students: May 1 - Dutch students: August 15
** EU/EEA students: €2,314 | non-EU/EEA students: €16,000
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 within 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.
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 in 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 a text. This research is coordinated by the Computational Linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).
- 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's Work Placement (10 EC, optional)
- Conversational Interfaces: Practice (5 EC, optional)
- Language Technology Project (5 EC, optional)
- Master's Honours Programme (honours program)
The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.
It is a program worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's program. It is a one-year interdisciplinary program that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.
- Master's placement (specialization)
During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.
It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.
- Study abroad is discouraged
Study abroad is possible, but not recommended due to study delay and limited course options.
Program Tuition Fee
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.
- Computational linguist
- Information analyst
- Software developer
- Web designer
- IT Consultant
- IT Manager
- Researcher in natural language processing