Study programme

Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication


The Research Master's programme Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication prepares students for conducting research on argumentative discourse in different communicative contexts. The programme aims to: 1) provide students with the theoretical knowledge and the practical instruments to give an analysis of the characteristic argumentative, rhetorical-strategic and stylistic properties of texts from various domains; and, 2) offer students insight into the main theories and methods available for analysing and evaluating the functionality, effectiveness and reasonableness of communication in different genres and domains.

Programme structure

The Research Master's programme Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication comprises 120 ECTS credits:

  • 90 ECTS for core courses, specific courses and electives
  • 30 ECTS for a Master's thesis

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the selections committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least two years. Depending on students' individual background and qualifications, the programme director may determine, in consultation with the instructors concerned, that certain courses may be wholly or partially replaced by electives or tutorials.

Detailed course information

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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 under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. 
The thesis should take the form of a publishable article of 20-30 pages. There is a possibility of actually submitting the article to a journal in the field after the thesis is completed. The layout should follow the existing standards in the journal Argumentation. The thesis may contain an appendix with relevant material that is not to be published in the article but provides essential extra information about the research and the choices that have been made.

Published by  Graduate School of Humanities

25 January 2018