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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.

Important information for prospective students starting a MA programme in September 2020

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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
Degree
MA in Communication & Information Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66826
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
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 renowned computational linguistics research unit.
Programme
Periods
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's Work Placement (10 EC, optional)
Conversational Interfaces: Practice (5 EC, optional)
Language Technology Project (5 EC, optional)
Programme options
Master's Honours Programme (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.

More information about this option

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 Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.

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 a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • Communication- and Information Science (knowledge of programming, web technology and computational linguistics is required)
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science

Registration procedure

Note: it's only possible to a very limited extent to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

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
Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 February 2021
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022

Start in February in consultation with the study adviser

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 a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

Registration procedure

Note: it's only possible to a very limited extent to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 February 2021
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022

Start in February in consultation with the study adviser

Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-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
Research

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 Franka Korpel

    The professors are enthusiastic about their work and eager to help us prepare for our future careers

    – Franka Korpel
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    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.

    Read more about Franka Korpel and why she chose to study Information Science in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Franka an e-mail!

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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.

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Study associations

ASCI

ACSI is a study association for the students of Information Science at the University of Groningen. ACSI's main aim is to represent the interests of its members and to stimulate contact between the students, companies and the faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. In this way, ACSI organizes a vast array of activities such as socials and trips.
https://www.ascigroningen.nl
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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.