The Master in Communication and Information Studies trains students to become language and communication experts, providing them with a strong academic basis for their professional work. They will be able to unravel how verbal communication works in various areas of society, and to work out how possible problems can be solved. The courses in the Master programme focus on the role that language plays in different institutional contexts, such as government, industry, journalism and medical care.
Master’s in Communication and Information Studies, Specialization in Journalism
The Journalism specialization is a Dutch program. See for more information the Dutch study guide.
Master’s in Communication and Information Studies, Specialization in Multimodal Communication
This degree programme provides theory and methods for analyzing and understanding “how multimodal communication works”: how different forms of it are composed in different genres of communication and how the different forms effect communication (e.g., by expressing abstract concepts in metaphoric terms, through the use of gestures with speech, etc.). The courses provide an array of theories and methods for analyzing the complexity of audio-visual communication in various contexts – through the natural media of our bodies as well as other material and virtual means.
There are three specialist courses in semester 1: “Talk is Multimodal”, on face-to-face communication, “Text and Image in News and Advertising” on mediated communication, and “The Power of Metaphor” on the expression of abstract ideas in various media. Two additional courses in semester 1 introduce students to genre design and to research on various genres of communication. In semester 2, students choose two elective courses and also carry out their own research, which they report on in the MA thesis.
Graduates will be equipped with theoretical background and methods training which they could later apply in work such as communication advising, document or website design, marketing consulting, or doing research and training for media businesses. They could also go on to pursue a PhD on a topic related to the study of language and communication.
Master’s in Communication and Information Studies, Specialization in Writing and Translation
The Writing and Translation specialization is a Dutch program. See for more information the Dutch study guide.
Master’s in Communication and Information Studies, Specialization in Language and Communication in Organisations
The Language and Communication in Organisations specialization is a Dutch program. See for more information the Dutch study guide.