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Honours programme Communication Science

Honours programme Communication Science

Are you an excellent student who would like an additional challenge? Then you should consider joining our Honours programme, starting in year 2 of the Bachelor's! It consists of several challenging courses that add up to 30 additional ECTS credits. Upon successful completion you will be awarded an Honours Bachelor’s degree.

Slides information session Honours Programme May 2019

The Honours programme consists of several parts:

Pressure Cooker (6 ECTS)

Students will start the Honours programme by participating in a Pressure Cooker. The Pressure Cooker is an intensive, interdisciplinary three-day programme in which students operate in small teams and try to find solutions for challenges that an external client is facing. To prepare for the programme, students will attend several tutorial meetings, read literature and do assignments. This will help students develop professionals and academic skills e.g. analysing problems, addressing a client, pitching ideas and team work skills.

Individual part: Interdisciplinary modules (12 ECTS)

You will take one or two interdisciplinary Honours modules (offered by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (UvA), VU University Amsterdam or Amsterdam University College) that fit your personal interests. For more information go to www.iis.uva.nl> IIS courses or Honours modules

Individual part: Extra-curricular workshop

Students will participate in a workshop of their own choice that matches his/her personal objectives (e.g. a workshop offered by Career Matters).

Final part: Honours Course Communication Science 12 ECTS

In this special Honours course, you have the chance to conduct an applied research project and to make sure that your findings are communicated to a wider public. Because scientific research is not just for the scientist in his or her professional “bubble”, it should contribute to society more generally. For students and researchers in Communication Science this is even more the case. In this course you will gain a deeper understanding of science journalism, public policy making and consultancy. Assignments are inspired by the news, business cases and your own personal interests, to prepare you to act as a communication consultant for an NGO.

In total the courses add up to 30 ECTS. The programme starts in year 2 and is to be completed in year 3 of the Bachelor's. Honours students still have the possibility to go abroad for their electives or an internship.

Key skills you will have obtained upon completion of the programme:

  • academic and professional skills;
  • the ability to apply an interdisciplinary viewpoint on a subject;
  • applied research skills.


Selection criteria

You are eligible for admission to the Honours programme if you meet the following criteria:

  • all courses in year 1 of the Bachelor’s in Communication Science have been passed;
  • the weighted average grade for these courses is 7.5 or higher;
  • a letter of motivation is submitted within the given time frame (see below).

The Examinations Board decides upon admission to the Honours programme. Until all year-1 grades have been registered, admission is conditional.

Honours Bachelor’s degree

To qualify for an Honours Bachelor’s degree the following requirements apply:

  • you have successfully completed the Honours programme of 30 ECTS, as well as the extra-curricular workshop;
  • the weighted average grade for the courses in the Bachelor’s in Communication Science is 7.5 or higher (the courses of the Honours programme are exempted from this requirement);
  • you graduate within three years.

*You are allowed to extend your studies with one semester if you go abroad for an exchange semester or the internship.

Application instructions

If you would like to apply for this programme, then take the following steps:

  • (optional) attend the information session on Wednesday 8 May 11.00-12.00 in REC C0.01.
  • write a motivation letter in which you elaborate on your motivation for applying for the Honours Programme (one page maximum);
  • include a transcript of records with a weighted average grade (ask the Education Desk (REC C7.02)).
  • hand both in at the Education Desk and address it to:

Attn: Laurian Meester
Examinations Board Communication Science

The deadline is 24 May 2019.


Honours study adviser: Laurian Meester (email: studyadviser-cs@uva.nl)
Honours coordinator: Dr Joost Verhoeven (email: J.W.M.Verhoeven@uva.nl)

Honours programme (started BA in 2016-2017)