Study programme

Discourse and Communication Studies


This programme has several key objectives. First it aims to give students a general introduction to the field of Discourse and Communication Studies. It also gives them the opportunity to gain practical experience in the descriptive and normative analysis of argumentative discourse. Building on this foundation, the programme provides students with more specialised and profound knowledge of and insight into the fields of discourse analysis and argumentation theory. Finally, the programme offers students the tools necessary for conducting independent evaluations and research in the field of discourse and argumentation studies.

After one year of theoretical courses, students take part in an internship in which insights in argumentative processes and argumentative skills play an important role.

Programme structure

The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Communication Studies comprises 90 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for courses and electives
  • 30 credits for the internship and report
  • 18 credits for the Master's thesis

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s).


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

27 May 2017