Communication Science - Research Master's (Professional), M.Sc. | University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Communication Science - Research Master's (Professional)

24 months
16000 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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Would you like to resolve communication challenges in practice rather than just study them? The Communication Science - Research Master's (Professional) programme of the University of Amsterdam is for students who would like to be at the forefront of the newest developments in understanding the role of communication and media in an applied context.


Discover the two Research Master’s tracks

There are two different types of Research Master's offered by the the Gradute School of Communication:
  • Research Master's (Professional Track)
  • Research Master's (Academic Track)

Why a Research Master's?

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 Communication Science - Research Master's (Professional) programme of the University of Amsterdam.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advancing and Building Communication Science Theory
  • Experimentation in the Social Sciences
  • Content Analysis and Survey Design
  • Research and Data Ethics
  • Big Data and Automated Content Analysis
  • Intensive Interviewing and Focus Groups

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's 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)
  • However, these students will probably have to complete some extra coursework (pre-Master's or online course) prior to the Master’s programme, depending on their knowledge of theories in Communication Science and (quantitative) social science methods and statistics
  • Knowledge about theories of Communication Science
  • Knowledge about theories of (quantitative) social science methods and statistics
  • Experience in conducting empirical research with the use of inferential statistics
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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