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

Internationally orientated and consistently high ranked, the Graduate School of Communication offers a stimulating learning environment to get prepared 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 track to specialize in one of four areas: * Corporate Communication * Political Communication * Entertainment Communication * Persuasive Communication During the first semester, you will take two specialization 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 EC). 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 February: November (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: May (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date , January 2017
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is discouraged.

This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.


Corporate communication:

Corporate Communication focusses on the role of communication as a strategic instrument. The emphasis is on the development, refining, execution and effects of communication strategies.

Entertainment communication:

Entertainment media is a multi-billion dollar industry. Companies, broadcasters, governments, and the general public: they are all interested in how and why this is used, albeit for different reasons.

Corporate communication:

This track addresses those communication processes intended to achieve specific persuasive goals, for instance, marketing communication, health education, and public information campaigns.

Corporate communication:

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


Previous education: The MSc Communication Science seeks students with a Bachelor or equivalent degree in Communication Science. Ideally, applicants will also have sufficient knowledge of research methodology.

Grade average: Applicants of the Master's programmes are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least: * B/3.0 (GPA US System) * a 2nd class honours / upper division British system * C (ECTS System) * 7,0 (Dutch EC-System)

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 240
  • TOEFL internet based: 92

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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