Communication Science

Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Communication Science after you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree? If so, you may be required to complete a pre-Master’s programme first.  

What is a pre-Master’s programme?

The pre-Master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme in which you will gain the knowledge and skills you need for successful participation in the master’s programme Communication Science. The full pre-master’s programme comprises of both domain specific (Communication Science) courses and courses which address generic academic and research methodological competences. So for higher professional education (‘hbo’ in Dutch) or university education Bachelor's programme students who wish to obtain an university Master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly to the master’s programme. Once you’ve successfully completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science. 


Start date

The are two terms of enrolment in the pre-Master's programme. You can start in the first semester of the academic year, in September or in the second semester, in February, with this pre-Master's programme. After finishing you can directly enter the Master's programme also with starting dates in September and February. Students doing their pre-Master’s as a part of their University of Applied Sciences degree (transfer minor/'Kies op maat') can enter the Master’s programme also in February or September, after finishing their University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's programme. 

Whether you're an University of Applied Sciences student or a University student, you can start the pre-Master's programme during your Bachelor's programme as a minor or after obtaining your Bachelor’s degree.  

Programme

The half-year English taught pre-master’s programme can only be followed on a full-time basis. For the full-time pre-master’s programme, you will have lectures and classes on three or four (parts of) a days per week on average.

Each semester is divided into two blocks. Each block consists of seven lecture weeks and subsequently a week in which as less as possible lectures are planned. Each block ends with two weeks in which the examinations are planned. The full pre-master’s programme consists of 30 EC (European Credits, 1 EC corresponds with 28 hours of study load). A nominal study load is 15 EC in a block.

The programme comprises of three compulsory courses, two generic academic courses (10 EC) and one domain specific module course (20 EC). The generic academic courses are: Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Statistics. These courses will be offered simultaneously to students from the other pre-master’s programmes Educational Science and Technology, Business Administration, Public Administration, European Studies and Psychology. The domain specific module course is the course PM-COM: Theory, Skills, Project.

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

BLOCK 1A

BLOCK 1B

BLOCK 2A

BLOCK 2B

Research methodology and descriptive Statistics (5EC) 201300063

Inferential Statistics (5EC) 201300066

Research methodology and descriptive Statistics (5 EC) 201300063

Inferential Statistics (5EC) 201300066

 PM-COM: Theory, Skills, Project (20 EC) 201900086

 PM-COM: Theory, Skills, Project (20 EC) 201900086

Lanquage

The (pre)-Master's programme is in English as is the required literature.  

Admission

The pre-Master’s programme is designed for students who have the motivation and capacities to obtain an academic degree from an English-taught Master’s programme in Communication Science. Your eligibility for admission to the pre-Master's programme in Communication Science depends on your previous education. Check the transfermatrix to see which Master’s programmes are accessible with your Bachelor’s programme or contact the pre-Master’s coordinator. Transfer minor students also must have been obtained all study credits from the first and second year of the (HBO) programme.

Rules of the pre-master

The pre-master’s programme is designed not only to address any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, but it is also an effective way to find out whether studying at a research university is right for you. To this end, in the pre-master programme several rules, as a Binding Recommendation (Bindend Studieadvies), are applicable. There is for example limited time in which you have to complete the pre-master. We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme in one (1) year for all students.  You also have to earn sufficient marks with a maximum of one re-sit per course. That said, in practice almost all motivated students complete the programme in the allotted time.

Pre-master Application route

The application process for the pre-Master's programme depends on your personal situation (application during or after your Bachelor's programme) and your previous education (e.g. university of applied sciences or university background). You can apply for admittance online, see https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/master/how-to-apply/. Students who integrate the premaster’s programme in their programme of a University of Applied Sciences, can apply via kiesopmaat.

Keep an eye on the application deadlines and check them prior to your application (pre-Master and Master deadlines are most of the times identical). However, the deadline for University of Applied Sciences (hbo) students depends on the route you chose. For a pre-Master's programme during a hbo Bachelor's programme – the so-called transfer minor – the deadline is earlier than the deadline for a pre-Master's programme after the hbo programme.

Contact

For general information please contact our Study Information Desk.
For questions regarding the pre-Master's programme contact the study adviser (pre)master: 

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