M.Sc. On Campus

Communication Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Learn how media influences our behaviourFocus on today’s communication issues. As we find ourselves in a continually changing media landscape, where everyone shares information and can have an impact on the reputation of organizations, brands or politicians, it makes sense that there is a high demand for experts who understand these developments and can manage their impact. 


The programme

The Master’s programme in Communication Science features theoretical enrichment together with putting theory into practice in the professional field. You will be trained to put theoretical knowledge to use in societal issues. 

In the first semester you will take subjects that are part of your track. Moreover, you will take two methodology and statistics modules that focus on innovative data collection and analysis. In the first half of your Master’s programme you will also take a course that teaches you to put scientific research into practice to solve communication issues: Science for Impact. 

In the second part of your Master’s programme you will take two optional subjects to broaden your knowledge or to explore issues in more depth. The optional subjects that you can take are Internal Communication and New Media, Branding and Design, Social Marketing, Storytelling: the Persuasive Power of Narratives, Privacy, Self-disclosure and Big Data, or Social Robotics. You will also start your Master’s thesis in the second semester. One of your lecturers (who are all leaders in their field) will supervise you in your research on the latest developments in communications and media. 


The Communication Science programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is taught by lecturers and researchers from different backgrounds, including communication science, social psychology, political science and text, film, and literature studies. The teaching and research activities of our lecturers are closely linked. 

Science for Impact

In the subject Science for Impact you will be challenged to address problems in society. You will be commissioned to conduct research by a company or organization that is faced with a communication problem. You will present the organization with a specific recommendation or intervention based on a scientific analysis. 

This has proven to be very useful for external stakeholders: many of the recommendations have been adopted in the past and put into practice. These practical assignments will help you gain valuable practical experience during your studies and will ensure that you are aware of the various kinds of challenges faced by many companies and organizations. 

Practical cases will also be presented by companies in other modules thus giving you the opportunity to build your professional network and skills during you studies. 


Having gained your Master’s degree in Communication Science you will be able to look analytically at communication issues. You will understand the effects of media on society and the workplace. You will be able to identify communication problems and know how to solve these problems.

In an ever-changing media landscape, a Communication Science degree will make you a sought-after expert who is versatile and deployable in various sectors now and in the future. 

Our graduates often end up working for large offline and online communication agencies or in the communication department of an organization. And at a later stage we often see our alumni advance to roles in which they become responsible for the communication strategy of corporations and government organizations, including breweries, ministries, online platforms, chain stores, media companies and NGOs. Yet another group of students ends up working more hands-on at smaller organizations or agencies where they combine communication strategy and its implementation. 

Programme Structure


Media Psychology


  • Master's Thesis
  • Essentials of Media Psychology
  • Research Methods in Communication Science
  • Media Psychology for Impact
  • Computational Analysis of Digital Communication
  • Problematic and Beneficial Effects of Media Use

Marketing and Corporate Communication


  • Master's Thesis
  • Marketing Communication and the Consumer
  • Research Methods in Communication Science
  • Marketing and Corporate Communication for Impact
  • Computational Analysis of Digital Communication
  • Public Relations

Political Communication, Digital News and Public Opinion


  • Master's Thesis
  • News and Information in the Digital Age
  • Research Methods in Communication Science
  • Political Communication for Impact
  • Computational Analysis of Digital Communication
  • Political Communication and Public Opinion

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Dutch


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates with a related Bachelor’s degree from a research university will be directly admitted to this Master’s programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

All candidates with other, unrelated Bachelor’s degrees from research universities will need to complete a bridging programme. The exact content and scope of the programme will depend on the completed Bachelor's programme or any Master’s programme already taken. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year

EU/EEA students € 2.209

non-EU/EEA students €16.830

Second degree €14.320

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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.


5 December 2022 is the advised programme application deadline for all students wishing to apply for one of the VU Amsterdam scholarships.

The final application deadline for most scholarships is 1 February, but you can only apply for the VUFP, HSP and OTS scholarships after you have been conditionally admitted to your Master’s programme. 

Our advised final programme application deadline is 15 December for those students wishing to apply for a VU scholarship. This is because it may take up to around 6 weeks to receive your admission decision once your application is complete. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you will receive your decision within six weeks, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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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