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Political Communication (MSc)

Course Description

The track "Political Communication" addresses issues at the core of our democracies. It provides an understanding of the role and significance of media, journalism and information in shaping public opinion.

Specific questions that will be addressed are:

How do the interactions between (non-)government actor, politicians, journalists and citizens take shape and what features and effects do they have?
How do citizens use media to keep themselves informed and how it that changing?
Who tries to influence the news?
How does the ‘media's information offering' come into being?
What effects are discernable on public opinion and political behaviour?
Important topics include the emergence of weblogs and citizen journalism, increasing globalisation, agenda-setting and the framing of socially relevant issues by stakeholders, politicians, spin doctors and media.

Studying Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a fascinating, media-saturated environment. Studying in a major European centre for media research and development provides students with a network of contacts that helps them find work after graduation. Many of the programme's lecturers are researchers at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCOR) part of the UvA's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. ASCOR is the largest Communication Science research institute in the Netherlands, and is among the largest worldwide. Its international English-taught PhD programme has more than 30 students.

Accreditation and degree

This Master's degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised Master of Science (MSc) degree in Communicatiewetenschap (Communication Science).

Political Communication is part of the Master's programme in Communication Science. Upon completion of the programme, you will be awarded the Master of Science (MSc) degree in Communication Science, with the track Political Communication mentioned in the diploma supplement.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Dutch Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Communication Science. Applicants of the Master's programmes are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least: - B/3.0 (GPA US System)- a 2nd class honours / upper division British system- C (ECTS System)- 7,0 (Dutch EC-System)

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