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Communication Science: Political Communication

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The Political Communication track is part of the Master's in Communication Science and 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.

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Within the Master's Communication Science you specialize in one of the following four tracks:

Study programme

In this Master’s, you will study how interactions between (non-)governmental actors, politicians, journalists, and citizens take shape, and what features and effects they have. By using the latest scientific insights, you will learn how (social) media influences political engagement and how citizens’ use of media is changing. You will discuss who tries to influence the news, how powerful the media actually are, and how this differs in different countries.

Many issues are discussed in this track, always in line with recent trends and events, and preferably using an open, international and comparative perspective.  Such topics include the emergence of weblogs and citizen journalism, increasing globalisation, agenda-setting and the framing of socially relevant issues by media, politicians, spin doctors and other stakeholders.

'I have gained much insight on the interplay between the public, the media and politics. '
Elena Klaas

Why study Communication Science at the UvA? 

QS rankings 2020

Number 1 in the world!

Many Lecturers are researchers at the ASCoR

Renowned teachers

Choose from

4 different specialisations

Study in a fascinating and media-saturated environment



The track provides the basis for editorial, policy, advisory and research positions in the media sector, government, politics, civil-society organisations and the commercial world. 

Graduates can be found working as:

  • spokespersons 
  • information officers 
  • PR managers 
  • communication consultants for numerous organisations ranging from local municipalities to the European Union and from non-governmental organisations to ministries.

Is the Master's track: Political Communication for you? 

Do you: 

  • want to learn how (social) media influences political engagement and how citizens’ use of media is changing?
  • have an interest in the interplay between the public, the media and politics and like to have discussions about this?
  • want to develop yourself as a communication professional?
  • have a Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor degree in the field of communication science or a related discipline, with sufficient background in quantitative methods and statistics?
  • have sufficient English language skills and want to study in an international environment?

Then Political Communication is the right Master's track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Communication Science
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in February, September
CROHO code 66615