Communication Studies

master's programme

The one-year Master’s in Communication Studies starts in September and February. This internationally oriented programme is taught entirely in English and leads to the title of Master of Science (MSc). The Master’s programme in Communication Studies is only available on a full-time basis.

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The Master’s programme is worth 60 credits and has four specializations, each focusing on a key aspect of Communication Studies:


There is also a pre-Master’s programme in Communication Studies for students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the Master’s. For more information, see Pre-Master’s programme in Communication Studies


The Master's programme is taught in English. 


You can start in September or February. More information about admission and application deadlines


The Master’s programme is offered on a full-time basis, with a study load of about 40 hours per week. We do not offer evening or weekend courses. 


The academic year is divided into two semesters, each consisting of two blocks. Each block consists of eight teaching weeks and two weeks in which examinations are planned. The Master’s programme consists of 60 EC (European Credits; 1 EC corresponds with 28 hours of study load). A nominal study load is 15 EC (three courses) per block, but it is allowed to take more or fewer courses in a block. The exact range of specialization courses and the blocks in which courses are offered may vary per academic year.

The study programme consists of the following elements:

1. Three core courses: Essentials in Communication Science (5 EC), Societal Challenges (5 EC) and Research Topics (5 EC);

2. Two obligatory specialization courses (total 10 EC);

3. Two elective courses (see figure 1) or an Internship (see figure 2) (total 10 EC);

4. A Master thesis (25 EC).

The three core courses combine shared learning goals with a specialization-specific perspective. In the Essentials course, students familiarize themselves with theories and core concepts in communication science in general as well as in their specific specialization. In the Societal Challenges course, students explore the contribution of their specialization to societal issues. In the Research Topics course, students formulate a research proposal that fits within their own specialization. The Research Topics course serves as a preparation for the Master thesis research.

Throughout the programme, students will work in small groups with teaching staff and fellow students. The university offers a welcoming informal atmosphere that is highly beneficial for active learning. Students are assigned to a career mentor (a teaching staff member), to reflect on their development of personal competencies and career objectives.

Master’s programme without internship

Master’s programme with internship

You can find more information about the structure of the programme and the course descriptions on the specializations pages.

course descriptions 

Click here for more detailed descriptions of all the Communication Studies master courses. 

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