Communication Science

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

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The Graduate School of Communication offers several Master's programmes to prepare students for a career in the broad field of Communication Science.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Internationally orientated and consistently high ranked, the Graduate School of Communication offers a stimulating learning environment to prepare you for a career in the field of Communication Science. You will focus on the dynamics and effects of media and communication in society and choose a Master's track to specialise in one of four areas:

  • Corporate Communication
  • Entertainment Communication
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Political Communication

During the first semester, you will take two specialisation seminars (12 ECTS each) in the track of your choice. In preparation for the Master's thesis, you will also take a methods course (6 ECTS). Adding to an open and informal environment, all seminars are offered in groups with a maximum of 25 participants.

The second semester consists of two elective courses (6 ECTS each), allowing you to either focus further on the area of your Master's track or to broaden your knowledge in another area of Communication Science. Finally, you will conduct and write an individual Master's thesis (18 ECTS) under the individual guidance of a senior staff member.


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specialisatie Corporate communication

The track Corporate Communication in Communication Science gives a broad understanding of the communication of commercial and non-profit organisations with their environment and society.

An important question within Corporate Communication is: How are communication strategies being developed, approved, implemented and what are the effects of those strategies on publics? On the one hand, the track focusses on external communication, teaching you how to build and maintain a corporate image, reputation and identity. The relationship with the press, public, media and stakeholders is discussed elaborately and crisis communication is touched upon in compliance with these relationships.

On the other hand, the track focuses on communication within corporations, such as organisational culture, communication and the new way of working, social media and employees and how this all is implemented during change processes.

You will be educated to be an academic who is fully equipped to research the topics within Corporate Communication and is able to think critically about them. You will also be equipped to work at communication and public relations departments of large organisations and as a communication consultant in an agency.
Communication and media are rapidly changing fields. Therefore our track tends to keep up to date with the latest research and developments.


Political Communication addresses issues that are at the core of our democracies. It provides wide understanding of the role and significance of media, journalism and information for public opinion.

In this Master's you will study how interactions between (non-)governmental actors, politicians, journalists and citizens take shape, and what features and effects they have. By using the latest scientific insights, you will learn how (social) media influences political engagement and how citizens' use of media is changing. You will discuss academically who tries to influence the news and how powerful the media actually are and how this differs in different countries.

Many issues are discussed in this track, always in line with recent trends and events, and preferably using an open, international and comparative perspective. Such topics include the emergence of weblogs and citizen journalism, increasing globalisation, agenda-setting and the framing of socially relevant issues by media, politicians, spin doctors and other stakeholders.

specialisatie Entertainment Communication

The Entertainment Communication track focuses on the development, role, and impact of entertainment media in people's lives.

Entertainment media is a multi-billion dollar industry. With the growth of new media, users now engage with entertainment media everywhere and at any time of day. Organisations feel increasingly compelled to tailor their products and are in constant need of up-to-date scientific knowledge about media preferences. The Entertainment Communication track of the Master's in Communication Science trains you to meet this growing need for knowledge and advice.

Young people are among the earliest adopters of these new technologies. Whether sharing videos on Vine, posting images on Instagram, or streaming Netflix, young people have integrated entertainment media seamlessly into their daily activities. That is why advertisers, the creative industry, and broadcasters all have a significant interest in understanding young people's media use.


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Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 november 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
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1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend


The Master's in Communication Science seeks students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Communication Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication & Information Studies, Media Studies, Journalism with a research emphasis, Business Administration and International Relations). Ideally, applicants will also have sufficient knowledge of research methodology. For more information regarding admissions, please go to

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


316 studenten volgen deze opleiding
78% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2018
?% daarvan is vrouw
32588 studenten aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam
55% daarvan is vrouw
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Studievereniging Communicatiewetenschap

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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Communication Science
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Entertainment communication
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
3/10 Amsterdam UVA
Persuasive Communication
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
4/10 Amsterdam UVA
Political Communication
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
5/10 Amsterdam UVA
Corporate communication
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
6/10 Radboud Universiteit
Commerciële Communicatie
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€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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75% Nederlandstalig
25% Engelstalig
7/10 Radboud Universiteit
Nieuws en Informatie
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€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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75% Nederlandstalig
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8/10 Radboud Universiteit
Prosociale Communicatie
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€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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75% Nederlandstalig
25% Engelstalig
9/10 Radboud Universiteit
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Keuzegids beste opleiding 2017  1e
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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75% Nederlandstalig
25% Engelstalig
10/10 Amsterdam VU
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
143 eerstejaars
79% vrouw
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80% Nederlandstalig
20% Engelstalig
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Communication Science aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 108 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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A Master's degree from the Graduate School of Communication equips you with high-level academic education and provides an effective grounding for positions in:

Communication advice (e.g. policy worker in broadcasting or publishing, public information expert, advertising / PR consultant, communication consultant)

Management (e.g. publisher, programme director, research agency)

Communication research (e.g. academic researcher, media researcher, market researcher)

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The career prospects for our alumni are good. Recent study (January 2016) shows that graduates who started looking for a job immediately after graduation have found a suitable job within four months (n=288).

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Potentiële beroepen

advertising or pr consultant
communication consultant
journalist or editor
market and opinion researcher
media researcher
policy worker in broadcasting or publishing
programme director
public information expert
social media consultant
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