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Master's programme Communication Science

Mastering Communication in the 21stcentury.

Are you a broadly oriented person looking to gain a deeper understanding of communication in the 21stcentury? Are you eager to develop the knowledge and skills that will allow you to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world, helping people and organizations to manage and respond to technological advances and societal shifts? Do you see communication as a vital part of the solution to some of today’s challenges? And do you want to help design those solutions as a communication expert? Then the University of Twente’s Master’s programme Communication Science is the right choice for you.

Communication in the 21st century

Communication is at the heart of all human endeavour – from business, marketing, and conferences, to art, relationships, and social media. All societal challenges and organizational issues are inextricably interwoven with communication. In today’s world, to understand communication is to understand organizations, marketing, consumers, public relations, and many other key aspects of society. This is why our Master’s in Communication Science is about more than just selling products, designing websites or creating marketing material. It’s about developing a clear vision of society, or business, learning to view things from multiple perspectives, recognizing the role of communication – whether it is a part of the problem or a part of the solution. It’s about advising organizations about their communication strategy and helping them to move forward with confidence.

In today’s increasingly complex and fragmented world, technological developments are leading towards new organizational structures. Powerful, yet intricate networks of communication are emerging. Communication will become even more central, happening everywhere, all the time, and demanding a new type of expert to manage and understand it. This course will give you the tools you will need to do it:

  • Through critical and strategic thinking, you will be able to design practical solutions and to organize, plan and set them in motion;
  • You will understand how to analyse present-day problems while keeping an eye on the future, retaining the global picture while working at the local level;
  • You will be a pioneer, no longer content with simple, handbook solutions, but understanding a complex and nuanced range of communications issues; 
  • You will be able to see the implications of technological and societal developments and to transcend boundaries in our ever-changing media landscape. 

Diversity and entrepreneurship

At the University of Twente, we want to foster a diverse and entrepreneurial atmosphere, helping you gain valuable personal, as well as professional, skills. Our students do a lot of work in small groups with teaching staff and fellow students. This stimulates discussions between students from different backgrounds, an indispensable part of communication in the 21stcentury. The university offers a welcoming, informal atmosphere that is highly beneficial for active learning. You will also be assigned to a career mentor (a teaching staff member), to reflect on your development competencies and career objectives, helping you to follow and achieve your ambitions, and reach the highest level you can.

Why choose Communication science?

There are many reasons to choose this Master’s programme here at the University of Twente. Here are six of the most important:

1. Study contemporary communication in the context of technological change

We are the only university that teaches and studies communication in the contemporary context of technological change. Here, you’ll become familiar with the latest technologies and how they influence – and depend on – communication. The UT – a leading technical university – is the ideal place to do this: many of the technologies that will shape our future are developed and studied right here on campus, from apps and websites to robotics and adaptive systems. Your insight into contemporary communication will giveyou an edge on the job market.

2. Focus on the strategic role of communication within organizations

In addition to technology, we focus on the domain of organizations in our programme. Organizations today require many different tactics to please stakeholders, keep employees satisfied, integrate new technologies, and manage public relations. In this programme you will learn to recognize these needs and to tap into the dynamics of our time, learning how to find solutions that make a positive impact, before planning, organizing, and implementing them yourself. You will be able to think critically and strategically about organizational communication – a significant and highly valued skill.

3. Make multi-sensory design an integral part of your repertoire

A third unique feature of this programme is our emphasis on design. It is one of our focal points in both our Master’s and Bachelor’s programme. After all, everything communicates – from a product’s packaging or a salesperson’s clothing to the dentist’s office or the layout of a creative studio. Our emphasis on design will help you get familiar with visual communication and with the interplay of the senses. At the UT, design will become an integral part of your repertoire: you will become a communication professional who can influence behaviour and experience through multisensory design. You will be familiar with new technologies – such as Virtual Reality, ambient technology and 3D printing – and the possibilities these offer to create realistic products and spaces that appeal to all the senses.

4. Become the ‘communication engineer’ of the future

We aim to take you above and beyond classical communication science. As a university known for its many technical courses, we will teach you to think and act as an ‘engineer’. You will be equipped to systematically solve complex communication problems using theories, research and academic and professional skills. Areas like project management and collaboration are also part of this. With your academic level of thinking and your hands-on approach, you will be able to achieve the best results possible.

5. Learn how to make a real difference

One of the UT’s distinguishing characteristics is its practical application of scientific knowledge. Making a positive social impact is one of our university’s core values, and we have a strong focus on connecting communication theory with the real-life challenges and opportunities of our time. Through this programme, you will become a versatile problem-solver, able to tackle multifaceted issues assuredly. Think, for example, of public relations disasters, the integration of new technologies, and public health communications. At the UT you will gain the expertise you need to make an important contribution to our society. 

6. Grow professionally and personally in our small-scale, 21st-century educational environment

Beyond specialist knowledge and practical experience, you will develop abroadset of 21st-centuryskills to help you become a high-functioning professional of the future. You will learn to stay one step ahead, recognizing and anticipating trends. You will develop a strong work ethos and be challenged to collaborate across disciplinary, cultural, and international boundaries. We will encourage you to flourish both professionally and personally in an informal but stimulating community of teaching staff and students – all while enjoying our magnificent campus. In short: At the UT you will become a complete communications professional.

Programme overview

Degree
Master’s degree in Communication Studies
Certification: MSc
Duration
1 year
Full-time/part-time
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Language
English taught
Starting date
1 February 2020
1 September 2020
1 February 2021
1 February 2021
1 September 2021
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
Accreditation
NVAO
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