Application and admission Research Master in Language and Communication - international procedure
This is the international application and admission procedure for the Research Master in Language and Communication.
Dutch students please note
This is the application and admission procedure for students with a:
- Non-Dutch nationality and a diploma from a non-Dutch university;
- Non-Dutch nationality and a diploma from a Dutch university;
- Dutch nationality and a diploma from a non-Dutch university.
If you have a Dutch nationality AND a diploma from a Dutch university, you should follow the national application and admission procedure.
a) Check your eligibility
1. Educational background/diplomas
- You need to have completed an undergraduate program in the relevant field with excellent grades (7.5 out of 10 according to the Dutch Grading System) or will complete an undergraduate program before the end of the academic year.
- You have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations in the second and third years of your completed Bachelor's program, and a minimum score of 8 on your final Bachelor's thesis, or equivalent scores for these study units in a non-Dutch higher education system.
- Or, you have a Master's degree in a relevant discipline with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations of your completed Master's program and a minimum score of 8 on your final Master's thesis, or equivalent
2. English language proficiency
You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 (internet-based). The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
- Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0 score overall and a minimum score and a minimum score of 6.5 on all individual parts of the test.
- Cambridge English test results: Proficiency in English (CPE).
- The above mentioned English proficiency tests should be no older than two years old.
An English proficiency test is not required if…
- You are an English native speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of, or have obtained your secondary or university education in English for at least three years in one of the following countries:
- Canada (with exception of Quebec)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma with English as the language of instruction.
- You completed a 4-year Bachelor’s program (of at least 240 ECTS credits) fully in English at an accredited University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands.
- You completed a 3-year Academic Bachelor’s program (of at least 180 ECTS credits) fully in English at an accredited research university in the Netherlands.
- You completed a 1- or 2-year Academic Master’s program (of at least 60 or 120 ECTS credits, respectively) fully in English at an accredited research university in the Netherlands.
For all other countries and situations, the English language test is compulsory.
b) Consider the deadlines
When applying for this program, please make sure that your application package, including all necessary documents, reaches us before the deadline that applies to your situation:
EEA member state citizens and Dutch students
- Starting end of August: 1 July
- Starting end of January: 1 December
EEA countries are…
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
NB: while Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals.
Non-EEA member state citizens
- Starting end of August: 1 April
- Starting end of January: 1 October
c) Follow the procedure for international applicants
Step 1: Prepare your application package
Required documents in all situations:
- Copy / scan of your valid passport.
- Certified copy of your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in English, Dutch, German or French
- Certified copy of your Transcript of Records/list of grades.
- English proficiency test results (TOEFL; IELTS; Cambridge Proficiency) - Exemption form (pdf).
- Statement of purpose (motivation letter) -format (pdf).
- Resume / Curriculum vitae.
- Statistics checklist. Please complete the checklist (pdf) as requested.
- One letter of recommendation*.
- A copy of your Bachelor's or Master's thesis or an essay completed during your studies (only in English and at least 1500 words; if you have not yet written a thesis, you could also upload a dedicated writing sample in form of an academic essay or research proposal).
Only completed applications will be assessed for admissions. The Admissions Committee can make conditional admission decisions based on uncertified copies of your documents. However, if conditionally admitted, we will need original test score reports and certified copies of your other documents to finalize your admission.
* The letter of recommendation can be sent by email or by mail to the following address:
To the attention of: Christa Suos, Admission Officer
Postal address: Tilburg University
P.O.box 90153 / ROOM: D115
5000 LE Tilburg
Additional documents in specific situations:
- Legalized translation of all documents that are not already in English, Dutch, German, or French.
- Nuffic certificate (for Chinese students only).
Don't have all the required documents yet?
- In case you do not have your diploma and/or transcript of records at the moment you would like to apply, you can just upload a temporary unofficial transcript of records with the courses you completed so far + a list of courses you will still need to complete. We will still be able to review your application.
- In case you do not have a proof of English proficiency at the moment you would like to apply, you can indicate this in our online application form. We will still be able to review your application.
Step 2: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)
In order to apply for this Master's program at the Tilburg School of Humanities please take the following steps:
- You will first need to create an online application account.
- After you have created this account, the online application system (MySAS) will send you an email asking you to activate your account. Once you have activated your account, you may return to MySAS and start your application.
- You cannot apply for the Pre-Master’s program directly; always apply for the Master’s program. The Admission Committee will then decide, based on your complete application, whether or not you need to follow the Pre-Master’s program.
- Upload all the required documents as mentioned in the online application system.
- As soon as you submitted your application, we will start assessing your application. In case you forgot to upload some necessary documents, our admissions officer will contact you by email.
- During the entire application, administration and immigration procedure, the Admissions Officer will keep in touch with you through email and letters. Make sure you read and respond to the instructions in time. The communication is usually by email.
Step 3: Admission Committee's decision
Within 4 to 6 weeks after you submitted your application package, you will receive the decision of the Admission Committee by email.
You will receive an email and a letter stating the outcome of your admission request and information about the rest of the admission procedure.
There are three possibilities:
A) (Conditionally) accepted to the Master's program
If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
B) (Conditionally) accepted to the Pre-Master's program
It is possible that you do not completely fulfill the requirements. If this is the case, we may offer you a Pre-Master's program to prepare you for the Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
If you do not fulfill the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will e-mail you personally the reasons for the rejection.
Step 4: Enroll via Studielink
All applicants accepted for this program are required to register via Studielink, the Dutch national database for higher education.
- You need to register before the official start of the program, but we strongly advise you to register in Studielink as soon as possible after your admission.
- You will not receive information about other procedures after your admission until you have registered in Studielink.
- You will be given more specific information in your acceptance letter regarding the registration procedure, including information about the exact program for which you must register in Studielink.
- The name of this Master's program in Studielink:
M Communication and Information Sicences (Research) (CROHO-code: 60834)
Step 5: Confirm your enrollment
Confirm your registration at Tilburg University
After your registration in Studielink, you will be notified by Tilburg University and need to confirm this registration before you can start with the program.
Do you have any questions?
Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries about the program, admission and enrollment by hitting the 'Contact us' button available on every page of our Master's website.