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Application and admission: Communication and Cognition - national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the Communication and Cognition track of the MSc Communication and Information Sciences.

a) Check your eligibility

Educational background

Students of Tilburg University

With the following Tilburg University Bachelor's degrees, you can be directly admitted.

  • Bachelor Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen
  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences
  • Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences: with the Major Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition, the Major Social Sciences: Human Behavior, or the Major Business and Economics

Are you taking a different Bachelor at Tilburg University? Or are you not or no longer enrolled as a Tilburg University student?

In that case, the Admissions Committee will determine whether your Bachelor's degree is (still) a sufficient fit to be admitted to the Master's program.

The Committee investigates, among other things, whether you meet the knowledge and skills as determined for the courses Methodologie, Statistiek voor bachelors CIW, and the research seminars (OZ-practica) from Tilburg University's Bachelor's program Communication and Information Sciences.

Students of other Dutch research universities

Are you studying at or do you have a Bachelor's degree from a research university other than Tilburg University?

In that case, the program’s Admissions Committee will determine whether your Bachelor's degree is a sufficient fit to be admitted to the Master's program.

Previously, students with a research university Bachelor's degree in one of the following - or related - fields have been admitted:

  • Communication and Information Sciences
  • Communication Science
  • Psychology
  • Information science
  • Organization Studies
  • Business Administration

Please note:

  • The above-mentioned fields of study give you an indication of your chances of admission, not a guarantee. The program's Admissions Committee assesses each application individually.
  • Depending on your knowledge and skills in methodology and statistics, there is a possibility that you must first complete a pre-Master before you can be admitted to the Master's program.

Do you have a degree from a different field than those mentioned above?

And do you feel that yours is relevant? If you are in doubt about the suitability of your university degree, we invite you to register in Studielink. The program’s Admissions Committee will assess each application individually and determine whether you can be admitted to the Master or its pre-Master.

Students from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

Are you studying at or do you have a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo)?

The program’s Admissions Committee will assess whether your previous education is sufficiently relevant to be admitted to the pre-Master’s program of Communication and Information Sciences.

  • After you have completed the pre-Master's program, you will be directly admitted to the Master's program of Communication and Information Sciences.
  • You can only be admitted to the pre-Master's program with an officially recognized four-year hbo program (240 ECTS).

Previously, students with a university of applied sciences (hbo) Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields have been admitted:

  • Communicatie
  • Communicatie en Multimedia Design
  • Creative Business
  • Journalistiek
  • Toegepaste Psychologie
  • Commerciële economie
  • ICT & Media Design
  • Vormgeving
  • Business Innovation
  • International Business
  • Industrieel Product Ontwerpen
  • Trend Research & Concept Creation in Lifestyle

Please note: 
The above-mentioned fields of study give you an indication of your chances of admission, not a guarantee. The program’s Admissions Committee assesses each application individually to decide whether the content of your previous education is a sufficiently good match to be admitted to the pre-Master’s program of Communication and Information Sciences.

Do you have a degree from a different field than those mentioned above?

But do you feel that yours is relevant? If you are in doubt about the suitability of your University of Applied Sciences degree, we invite you to register in Studielink. The program’s Admissions Committee will assess each application individually to decide whether the content of your previous education is a sufficiently good match to be admitted to the pre-Master’s program of Communication and Information Sciences.

English language requirements for the pre-Master's program

Students from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

If all of the following applies to you, you must prove your proficiency in English to be able to get admitted to the pre-Master's program of the Master Communication and Information Sciences:

  • You apply based on a diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo);
  • You do not meet the criteria to be exempt from the English language requirement (for the criteria, please scroll down).

How to prove your proficiency in English

You must prove your proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of these tests:

  • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on all individual parts of the test.
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 90-91 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the revised paper-based test.
    • The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
    • Please note: we do not accept the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP)
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B, or C.

Please note:

  • The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application.
  • The deadline for submitting your test results is July 15.
  • The sooner you register for the pre-Master’s program in Studielink, the sooner you will know whether you are admissible based on your previous education and whether it is worth investing in a language test. Once registered in Studielink, your application for admission will be processed.
  • If you register in Studielink before May 1, you will know no later than July 1 whether you are admissible on the basis of your previous education.
  • After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive information about:
    • how to submit your test results.
    • how to apply for exemption from the English language test.

Criteria to be exempt from the English language test

An English proficiency test is not required if one of the following applies to your situation:

  • You have obtained a Dutch VWO diploma.
  • You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma with English as the language of instruction.
  • You completed a four-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 hold a passport from one of the following countries:
    Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America.

After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive information on how to apply for exemption by submitting the Exemption form and proof that you can be exempted.

b) Remember the deadline

Your application must be submitted before:

  • Starting end of August: July 1
  • Starting end of January: December 1

Are you still finishing your previous program?

Do register in Studielink now. You can send us your diploma later.

c) Follow the procedure for national applicants

Step 1: Register in Studielink

After you have registered in Studielink, the program’s Admissions Committee will assess whether your previous education is a sufficient fit with this program to be admitted. Studielink opens on October 1.

Applicants with a degree from a research university register for the Master’s program.

  • The name of the Master’s program in Studielink.
    In Dutch: M Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen
    In English: M Communication and Information Sciences
    After selecting this program, you will be asked to select the track of your choice.

Applicants with a degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) register for the pre-Master's program. 

  • The name of the pre-Master's program in Studielink is:
    B Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (premaster Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen: New Media Design / Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media / Communicatie  en Cognitie).
  • Applicants with a degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo) and a pre-Master’s program can register for the Master’s program directly in Studielink. If you took a pre-Master other than Tilburg University’s Communication and Information Sciences pre-Master’s program, the Admissions Committee will request additional information to assess your eligibility.

Register in Studielink

Enter an e-mail address in Studielink that you use regularly. Tilburg University will use this e-mail address to send you important information on your application and admission.

Step 2: Admissions Committee's decision

You will receive the Admissions Committee's decision within six weeks after application at the e-mail address you have provided in Studielink. The e-mail will also contain a description of the further steps you need to take for your admission.

Students from a research university

The Admissions Committee will make one of the following decisions.

  1. You are unconditionally admitted to the Master (you meet all the conditions).
  2. You are conditionally admitted to the Master (you do not, or not yet, meet all the conditions, for example, because you have not yet obtained your Bachelor's degree).
  3. The Committee needs additional information to assess your admissibility.
  4. You are not directly admissible to the Master, but you are admissible to the corresponding pre-Master, a transition program.
  5. Unfortunately you cannot be admitted.

Students with a degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo)

The Admissions Committee will make one of the following decisions.

  1. You are unconditionally admitted to the pre-Master (you meet all the conditions).
  2. You are conditionally admitted to the pre-Master (you do not, or not yet, meet all the conditions, for example, because you have not yet obtained your Bachelor's degree and/or because you have not yet submitted your English language test results).
  3. The Committee needs additional information to assess your admissibility.
  4. Unfortunately you cannot be admitted.
Step 3: Admitted, what's next?

Congratulations!

Whether conditionally or unconditionally admitted, we welcome you warmly to Tilburg University and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.

Let's walk you through the next steps:

  • Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
    Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
  • Arrange practical matters
    Before you can start your studies, there are a number of practical matters to take care of, such as registering for courses, and if necessary, arranging housing.
  • Participate in orientation activities
    • As an incoming student you can participate in the TOP Week: a social, practical and creative introduction week for all new students who are enrolled in one of the higher education institutions in Tilburg. The TOP Week takes place the week before the start of the academic year.
    • Besides the TOP Week, there is also an official program introduction organized by your study program. During the Program Introduction, you will receive all the information you need to get off to a good start with your new study. You will meet the education coordinator, the program director and your fellow students. Participation is mandatory.

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Do you have any questions?

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the Master's website.