You are close to graduating! The first half of the third year of the Bachelor’s programme Communication Science consists of electives (modules 9 and 10); the other half is dedicated to your thesis and job market orientation (modules 11 and 12).
Module 9 & 10: ELECTIVES
You fill in the elective space at your own discretion outside the Communication Science programme, basing your choice on the future path you want to take. We encourage you to also use this half year for an experience abroad.
These are some of the options:
- To broaden your knowledge, take subjects from other UT Bachelor’s programmes, like We Create Identity (BSc Create), Human Factors & Engineering Psychology (BSc Psychology), Public Management (Bsc Management, Society & Technology) or Professional Learning in Organizations (MSc Education Science and Technology).
- Spend half a year studying at another university – in the Netherlands or abroad.
- Do an internship at an (international) company. As a result, you learn to approach issues from a different culture, and you develop the flexibility to work in various teams and circumstances.
- Complete a pre-Master’s programme in preparation for a Master’s degree other than Communication Science.
Module 11: COM@WORK
We believe it is important for you to get your bearings on your professional life after graduation while you are still studying. This module – which runs parallel to your Bachelor’s thesis – was designed for that purpose: it will help you get up close to the professional world. You will visit companies, interview communication professionals, work on your CV and, if possible, do a mini-internship. All of this is to give you an idea of the type of job and organisation that will be the best fit for you.
Module 12: BACHELOR THESIS
You finish off this Bachelor’s programme with a thesis. You carry out independent research – including literature reviews and data collection – on a relevant subject of your interest. In this half year you get to apply all the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout the programme. Finally, you will write a research report and present your results during a symposium. Once you successfully finish this phase, you will receive your Bachelor’s diploma and you can officially call yourself Bachelor of Science (BSc)!
Here are some examples of recent thesis subjects:
- Online web shops - Do consumers in an online shop get the feeling of a ‘real’ shopping experience when music is on, or when other customers or approachable employees are present?
- News apps - Why is it that some news notifications lead people to read an entire article immediately, while other notifications do not have that effect?
- Self-driving cars - Where does the resistance to self-driving vehicles come from? Do we, as humans, find it so difficult to give up autonomy, even if we know it is better for the environment?
- Care - How can technology improve healthcare? For example, what requirements should be placed on an app that facilitates communication between therapists and their clients?