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Communication and Information Sciences

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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The MA in Communication and Information Sciences offers a unique program in which you learn about how people acquire and transfer information and how new means of communication can be used innovative.

The Communication and Information Sciences program is intended for highly talented and motivated students with a keen sense of intellectual curiosity and intellectual ambition. In this Master's programme, you will encounter state of the art research in the broad interdisciplinary field of communication. The point of departure is natural communication: how is information transferred from one person to another? For what purpose? You will participate in a wide range of courses such as communication strategies, non-verbal communication and computer vision.

This unique combination of approaches and research traditions will enable you to work as a communication expert, and answer questions such as:

  • What is the best way to present information to an audience?
  • How do people communicate within an organization?
  • How can you influence people's behaviour through language?

You take a particular interest in language and you are seeking to broaden and deepen your academic knowledge. You are interested in the many different aspects of communication such as the effect that words can have, how people produce language and linguistic phenomena such as metaphors, and the stories behind them.

Communication and Information Sciences Specializations

The one-year program in Communication and Information Sciences offers five different specializations: 

Business Communication & Digital Media
In the Master's specialization Business Communication and Digital Media, you will focus on communication issues in the area of business communications. You will research how people use in different ways to communicate with each other, and how they process information through language, pictures, sound and computers.

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Communication Design 
One of the essential parts of information transaction and communication is text, verbal or written. One of the purposes of texts is to inform or convince depending on the communication objectives. Communication designers research different factors that influence the effectiveness of texts as communication tools. These factors can be textual characteristics, such as style and structure, but also the conversation characteristics and influence of non-verbal communication. Furthermore, the context and purpose of a text and how readers process information also play a major role in communication.

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Data Journalism
In the Master's specialization Data Journalism, you will explore the opportunities of data journalism from four angles: data retrieval, data storytelling, data visualization and data publishing. It combines the scientific methods of data treatment with the core values of journalism: select, arrange, digest and reflect. This specialization puts strong focus on online and social media based journalism.

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Human Aspects of Information Technology
We live in a time when more and more automated systems provide us with access to enormous amounts of information, through search engines, websites and digital helpdesks. How can we make sure that people get the exact information or (access to) the knowledge that they require? What technologies do we have at our disposal to make this happen? How can users' demands and wishes be catered for most naturally?

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Intercultural Communication
Communication between different cultures in different languages has become increasingly important. Interaction between people has become more internationally oriented and therefore multicultural and in multilingual. In the English Master's specialization Intercultural Communication you will learn about the influences of internationalization and multiculturalism on language and interaction. You will study this in a wide range of social contexts.

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Communication and Information Sciences Related Programs

Besides the Master in Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University offers a range of other Arts related program such as the Master in Communication Design program

See which programs are related to the Master Communication and Information Sciences program.

Communication and Information Sciences Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master in Communication and Information Sciences will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MA degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Communication and Information Sciences program.

About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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