The Research Master combines theoretical courses on the production, use and impact of information and mediated communication with a training in the conduct of academic-level research in these domains.
The Research Master in Communication Science combines theoretical courses with a thorough training in research, and concentrates on the production, uses and impact of information and mediated communication in informing, persuading and entertaining audiences. The current multimedia era, in which digital technologies not only provide new means of communication but also transform older ones is shaping today's information and communication processes to an increasing degree. This presents interesting challenges for theory and research. The approach is multidisciplinary: core theories are combined with those from political science, sociology, psychology and economics. Students develop their 'hands on' research skills by being in one of a research projects conducted within the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR),the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and among the largest worldwide. Its facilities include a communication laboratory. Students have the option specialising in either empirical-analytical methodology or interpretative methodology, while at the same time gaining a broader methodological perspective.
The curriculum of the Research master in Communication Science comprises four compulsory elements:
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Research MSc in Communication Science.
The last semester of the Research Master in Communication Science is fully dedicated to the design, execution and presentation of a communication and media research project. The Master's thesis is worth of 24 ECTS credits.
Each Research Master's student participates in one of ASCoR's research programmes for the duration of the programme. This includes taking part in both research meetings and the ongoing research of senior staff members. An internship worth 12 ECTS credits (as part of the methods curriculum) is optional.
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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