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Information Science

How can you build an intelligent search engine? What is the best way to present a text? And how do you design a user-friendly website? Find out in this master's track.

This track is a specialization of the Master's degree programme in Communication and Information Sciences.

As a student of Information Science, you learn how to automate the process of analysing unstructured data (such as text), transfer raw data into accessible and intelligible information. You will do research in the domains of natural language processing, the semantic web, and computer-mediated communication.

In this programme, you will analyse information and communication processes between individuals and within organizations. One question is crucial: what options do new technological developments offer to improve information and communication processes?

The Master's track builds on the knowledge, insights and skills that you have acquired in your Bachelor's degree. You will learn to carry out research independently and handle information in a professional manner. In addition to courses, you will do an internship. You will finish the degree with an independent research project and a Master's thesis.

All courses are taught in English. Deficiency programmes are partly taught in Dutch.

Facts & Figures
MA in Communication & Information Studies
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
February, September
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Courses are directly related to state-of-the-art research in the department.
  • High marks in national student evaluation.
  • Internationally renowed computational linguistics research unit.
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Learning from Data (5 EC, optional)
Semantic Web Technology (5 EC, optional)
Shared Task Information Science (5 EC)
Research Seminar Information Science (5 EC)
Computational Semantics (5 EC, optional)
Computer-Mediated Communication (5 EC, optional)
Natural Language Processing (5 EC, optional)
User Interface Evaluation (5 EC, optional)
Master's thesis (20 EC)
Master Internship (10 EC)
Language Technology Project (5 EC, optional)
Programme options
Master's Honours College (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is discouraged

Study abroad is possible, but not recommended due to study delay and limited course options.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Information TechnologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Artificial IntelligenceAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Computing ScienceAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Information ScienceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, you can work as a web developer, software-engineer, IT-consultant, application developer, researcher or teacher. You have a wide choice of places to work: it goes without saying that you could find a function in a large IT firm, but virtually any other company or organization with an IT department has a need for Information Science specialists. It is also possible to start your own company or become a researcher.

Our former students work in large information technology companies or in information technology departments of companies and governments. Some of them successfully started their own company. Others began an international academic career and have obtained a PhD degree.

Job examples

  • Computational linguist
  • Information analyst
  • Software developer
  • Web designer
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Manager
  • Researcher in natural language processing

As a student of Information Science you will develop a solid theoretical and practical foundation for carrying out this kind of research. The knowledge you will gain matches well with current job requirements for researchers in the field of Information Science.

Research in Information Science concentrates in Groningen on development, use and evaluation of language and web technology. Good examples are automated search and analysis of information in traditional and new media, dialectology, corpus annotation,gamification, and syntactic and semantic analysis of text. This research is coordinated by the Computational Linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).

You will find further information on the personal web sites of:

Johan Bos

Gertjan van Noord

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						Testimonial of Mark Doggen

    Android Developer at Klippa App B.V.

    – Mark Doggen
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    'Alongside the compulsory course units, the Master's specialization in Information Science offers a lot of space for you to choose electives and focus on what you enjoy most. There are eight elective course units, of which you choose five. I chose Semantic Web Technology, Learning from Data, Computational Semantics, Computer-Mediated Communication and Literature Review. Learning form Data was especially fun, as you get to look at machine learning.

    Besides lectures, you follow a weekly research seminar, where lecturers and students keep each other up to date on the progress of their research. You learn a lot from that, finding out about all the ins and outs of conducting research.

    The programme is also one of the few that include a placement worth 10 ECTS credit points (that’s about 7 weeks’ full-time work). That gives you a good picture of what it’s like to work in a business using the skills you’ve acquired during your degree programme. The final course unit is writing a Master’s thesis on a subject you choose yourself. I found the Master’s specialization in Information Science a valuable addition to my Bachelor’s degree in the same subject, and I would highly recommend it if you’re interested in online technology and word processing.’


University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts.

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Study associations


ASCI Groningen is a study association for students of Information Science at the University of Groningen. The association aims to represent the interests of its student members and promote contact between the students themselves as well as between students and the Faculty of Arts. ASCI Groningen organizes a wide range of social and study-related activities and provides study material.
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Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.