Fitria Jelyta, alumnus Communication Design

"I believe that the courses I took sufficiently equipped me to navigate through the complex and dynamic profession of communication and media."

Fitria Jelyta (26), alumnus and Project Manager Communications at HIER Klimaatbureau

Communication and Cognition

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Gain insights about Cognition, Language and Communication and become an expert in how people process information online and offline, master conversation characteristics and learn to understand the psychological aspects of communication. This is a track of MSc Communication and Information Sciences.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

months on average between graduation and first job

National Alumni Survey 2020 | n=48 (MSc Communication and Information Sciences, all tracks)

finds a job within 6 months after graduation

National Alumni Survey 2020 | n=48 (MSc Communication and Information Sciences, all tracks)

€ 2.834
gross monthly income one year after graduation

National Alumni Survey 2020 | n=45 (MSc Communication and Information Sciences, all tracks)

Program and courses

In this track you learn how to use language in digital applications, ranging from email to messenger systems and social media channels. Additionally you will learn how people interpret emotions, make choices and convince others.  By studying the communication processes you also learn communicate effectively yourself!

This is a track of MSc Communication and Information Sciences. You can choose to follow the main program or one of the tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Cognition & Process
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Language Technology and its Social Implications
  • Multimodal Communication and Persuasion
  • Information Visualization & Cognition
  • Miscommunication & Emotion
  • Data and (Mis)information

More on the program and courses

Students at their graduation ceremony

Career prospects

Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): MSc Communication and Information Sciences, Communication and Cognition.

As a Master of Science with a specialization in Communication and Cognition you are able to conduct research on the transfer of information through textual and non-verbal communication. Moreover, you will be capable of advising people about writing a clear, attractive and convincing text according to various communication objectives.

Graduates work or start for example as:

  • Editor bij Coolblue
  • Commercial copywriter at NCOI
  • Advisor Communication Research at Ministerie van Algemene Zaken  
  • Press officer at De Nederlandse Emissieautoriteit

Alumni facts

  • 96% of our alumni find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Average time between graduation and first paid job is 2.06 months
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation is € 2,834

Source: National Alumni Survey 2020 | n=48 (Communication and Information Sciences, all tracks)

More on the career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

This program starts:

At the end of August and at the end of January (both the Master’s and the Pre-Master’s programs)

Best preparatory programs:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication & Information Sciences, Communication Studies and Linguistics.
  • The academic background of the students in our Master's program varies a lot. If you have a Bachelor's degree in a different subject area than those mentioned above you are also welcome to apply if you have basic knowledge of and followed courses on, for example, communication theory, psycholinguistics, social psychology, or business communication.

Pre-Master's program

Open to both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

Interested in this Master's program?

Check your eligibility

More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Communication and Cognition track?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application