Communication Studies

pre-master's programme

Communication Studies

Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Communication Studies (COM) upon completion of your bachelor’s degree? In a number of cases you might 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 needed for successful participation in the master’s.  They also give you a firm foundation in the research methods and statistical analysis you will need to conduct independent research as part of your master’s programme.

As a hbo student you can start on the pre-master’s after completing your Bachelor’s degree or during your bachelor's degree as a transferminor. In that case you can use your minorspace to complete the pre-master's programme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to the master's programme.


The pre-master’s programme Communication Studies is worth 30 credits, which is the equivalent of half an academic year (1 semester) of full-time study. It contains the following courses: mathematics (10 ECs), academic skills and introduction to research (10 ECs) and domain related courses (10 ECs).

Start Date

There're two terms of enrolment. You can start either in September or February.

COURSES PRe-master's programme

Block 1a

  • Research methodology and descriptive Statistics - 5EC
  • Communication Science - 5EC
  • Academic Writing - 5EC                                          

Block 1b

  • Inferential Statistics - 5EC
  • Communication Research and Design - 5EC
  • Research Project - 5EC                                             


The pre-master’s programme is taught entirely in English.

Rules of the pre-Master’s

The pre-master’s is designed not only to address any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, but it is also an efficient way to find out whether studying at a research university in the field of Communication Studies is right for you. To this end, a couple of rules apply:We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-Master’s within one year. Since 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem. You must also earn sufficient marks with a maximum of one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-master’s seriously. You cannot expect to be successful in the pre-master’s if you approach it half-heartedly: it is meant as a half-year, full-time programme of study. That said, in practice almost all motivated students complete the programme in the allotted time.


If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-master's programme in Communication Studies depends on your previous education. More information on admission.


If you have any questions, please contact our Study Information Centre or send an e-mail to our studyadvisor Jeanet Luijerink

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