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.
Android Developer at Klippa App B.V.
'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.’
The professors are enthusiastic about their work and eager to help us prepare for our future careers
I am Franka Korpel, 23 years old and I started my Master’s degree in Information Science in September 2019. My Bachelor’s degree was in Communication and Information Studies. When I am not busy studying, I am playing handball, working or just enjoying life through shopping, socializing or traveling.
My interest in language in general and computer communication was awakened during my Bachelor’s program. My thesis focused on computer mediated communication and while working on that, I realised how valuable information science and programming skills could be for that purpose. Since I was not bored of studying yet I decided to go for a challenge and so I took a year of classes to acquire all the necessary skills to get accepted into the MA Information Science.
While working on those skills I got even more excited to start on ‘real work’: using my skills in the field of data science. In this Master you are expected to be creative and work hard. The students are very ambitious and there is a nice vibe amongst us as everyone wants to help each other and deepen their knowledge about data science. The professors are enthusiastic about their work and eager to help us prepare for our future careers.
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.