Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication

In the Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication, you will develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which language is used as a means of convincing others, studying argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts.

The Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Communication focuses on the study of argumentation and rhetoric in different communicative contexts such as health, law, politics and science. The Research Master’s programme prepares students for conducting academic research by stimulating critical reflection on theories and methods for the analysis and evaluation of argumentative discourse in different domains. 

The Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication Research Master’s programme reflects the main characteristics of the research of the Argumentation and Rhetoric Group Amsterdam, as well as the main developments in the field of communication and discourse studies. Crucial concepts from rhetoric and argumentation theory used in argumentative discourse analysis, evaluation, and production are examined and discussed in a systematic fashion. Insights from the philosophy of language and pragmatics, relevance theory, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, and metaphor theory provide a framework in this process. Students also become familiar with the methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative empirical research in the programme discipline. This in turn enables them to carry out thorough and theoretically justified analyses, case studies, corpus research, and other types of investigations of real-life discussions and texts.

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Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication is a programme of the accredited Master’s degree programme Communication and Information Studies. After successful completion of this programme, students receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Degree programme
Research MA Communication and Information Studies (research)
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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