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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Communication and Information Studies: Dialogue, Health and Society at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

What role does language play in communication within various types of organisations, such as governmental, commercial, media and healthcare organisations? That is the central question in the master's programme in Communication and Information Studies.

 

During the programme, you will write and analyse texts and talk, study the experiences of news users, research the role of images in communication, look at how body language influences our communication, and much more. Although the exact content differs, each specialisation trains you to become a communication specialist.

 

The tracks of the programme are:

  • Dialogue, Health & Society (English)
  • Multimodal Communication (English)
  • Journalistiek (Dutch)
  • Schrijven en Vertalen (Dutch)

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Communication and Information Studies: Dialogue, Health and Society

All tracks of the master's programme in Communication and Information Studies will train you to become a language and communications professional. A number of subjects are the same for all of the tracks, and other specialised courses for each track will, of course, differ.

 

What the tracks have in common is a focus on the role of language in communication. The difference is that, in each track, varying degrees of attention are paid to spoken and written language, persuasive and informative language, language and image, multimodality, normativity, writing culture, and language use in social media.


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Communication and Information Studies: Dialogue, Health and Society

You will of course develop specific skills within in your specialisation, but there are also general skills that you will learn as part of the master’s programme in Communication and Information Studies (CIW).
For instance, as a CIW graduate, you will have excellent research and analytical skills. You will also know how to craft messages in ways that have the most impact on specific target groups. And you will know which communication channels to use and when to use them.

 

Specific skills per track:

 

Dialogue, Health and Society

  • you know how to analyse real-life interactions in a theoretically sound way
  • you know how to translate these insights to the health domain and design, monitor and evaluate dialogue practices in this area
  • you are able to critically reflect on dialogue theory and practice and put them in a broader societal perspective

 

Multimodal Communication

  • you will know how to use multimodal means (words, images, speech, gestures) to achieve your specific communication goals
  • you will know the potential cognitive and communicative effects of different forms of multimodal communication
  • you will be able to reflect on the differences between academic, social, and commercial interests in the study of forms of multimodal communication

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Communication and Information Studies: Dialogue, Health and Society


I have an international degree

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.

 

Admission requirements Dialogue, Health and Society

Students for this track come from diverse backgrounds. You may have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Studies, Communication Science or Psychology, or a bachelor’s degree in Medicine or Health Sciences.

Basic knowledge in the field of conversation analysis and statistics is required, but tailored premaster programmes are in place to help you remedy these knowledge gaps where necessary. The Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

 

English language requirements

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

 


Application with a Dutch degree

Please first check whether or not you are eligible for this programme and then apply. You can apply for the Master's programme Multimodal Communication under the label Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (Communication and Information Studies) via Studielink. The application deadline is: June 1st.

 

 

If you have a Dutch diploma, follow this application procedure.

 

 

What happens after I have applied?

After you have applied for the master in Studielink, you will receive within two days emails with your login details for VUnet (VU studentportal). Please complete your application in VUnet. Don’t forget to fill in your specialization on VUnet : Multimodal Communication.

 

 

During this step you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Transcript of records (scan from original)
  • Course descriptions (i.e. for courses related to the discipline of the Master, and for courses on general academic skills)
  • List of literature (the most important literature used for the courses)
  • CV

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications, Media & Communication

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications, Media & Communication

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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