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Communication and Information Studies: Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (research MA)

Degree type
MA
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
24 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO, NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

The Master's in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP) provides a solid foundation for understanding the diverse ways in which ordinary language is used in various types of discourse.

The programme also provides a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. Crucial concepts from the rhetorical, dialectical and logical approaches used in argumentative discourse analysis, evaluation and production are examined and discussed in a systematic fashion. Relevant insights from speech act theory, Gricean analysis of rational interaction, discourse analysis, and formal and informal logic provide a framework in this process. All major classical and modern approaches to the reasonableness and rationality of institutionalised and non-institutionalised types of discourse are considered, from juridical and political discourse to spontaneous everyday conversations. Students also become familiar with the methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative empirical research in the fields of discourse analysis, argumentation theory, formal and informal logic, and rhetoric. This in turn enables them to carry out thorough and theoretically justified analyses, case studies and other types of investigations of real-life discussions and texts.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The Research Master’s in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Language and Communication
- Philosophy
- General Linguistics
- Sign Linguistics
- Dutch Language and Culture
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Previous education

The Research Master’s in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Language and Communication
- Philosophy
- General Linguistics
- Sign Linguistics
- Dutch Language and Culture
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Grade average

7,5

Grade average

Rma grade average:
- A/3.8 (American system);
- 2.1 HONS (an upper second class degree in the British system);
- B (ECTS-system), or 7.5 (Dutch system).

Written request

Students can apply for the selection procedure for this master from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School of Humanities.

Written request

Aanmelden voor de selectieprocedure van deze master kan van 1 december tot uiterlijk 1 april via de website van de Graduate School of Humanities.

Language test

IELTS: average score 7
TOEFL: score 100
Cambridge Advanced English: score A2
Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1

Language requirements

CAE: A2, CPE: B1, IELTS overall band: 7, IELTS listening: 7, IELTS reading: 7, IELTS writing: 7, IELTS speaking: 7, TOEFL internet based: 100

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