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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Information Science at University of Groningen

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 programmein Communication and Information Sciences.
As a student of Information Science, you learn to transfer datainto accessible and intelligible information. You will do researchin the domain of language, text and computer-mediatedcommunication.
In this track, you will analyse information and communicationprocesses between individuals and within organizations. Onequestion is crucial: what options do new technological developmentsoffer to improve information and communication processes?
The programme builds on the knowledge, insights and skills that youhave acquired in your Bachelor's degree. You will learn to carryout research independently and handle information in a professionalmanner. In addition to courses, you will do an internship. You willfinish the degree with an independent research project and aMaster's thesis.
All courses are taught in English. Deficiency programmes are partlytaught in Dutch.

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 programmein Communication and Information Sciences.
As a student of Information Science, you learn how to automate theprocess of analysing unstructured data (such as text), transfer rawdata into accessible and intelligible information. You will doresearch in the domains of natural language processing, thesemantic web, and computer-mediated communication.
In this programme, you will analyse information and communicationprocesses between individuals and within organizations. Onequestion is crucial: what options do new technological developmentsoffer to improve information and communication processes?
The Master's track builds on the knowledge, insights and skillsthat you have acquired in your Bachelor's degree. You will learn tocarry out research independently and handle information in aprofessional manner. In addition to courses, you will do aninternship. You will finish the degree with an independent researchproject and a Master's thesis.
All courses are taught in English. Deficiency programmes are partlytaught in Dutch.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, you can work as a web developer,software-engineer, IT-consultant, application developer, researcheror teacher. You have a wide choice of places to work: it goeswithout saying that you could find a function in a large IT firm,but virtually any other company or organization with an ITdepartment 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 technologycompanies or in information technology departments of companies andgovernments. Some of them successfully started their own company.Others began an international academic career and have obtained aPhD degree.

As a graduate, you can work as a web developer,software-engineer, IT-consultant, application developer, researcheror teacher. You have a wide choice of places to work: it goeswithout saying that you could find a function in a large IT firm,but virtually any other company or organization with an ITdepartment 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 technologycompanies or in information technology departments of companies andgovernments. Some of them successfully started their own company.Others began an international academic career and have obtained aPhD degree.

Job examples

  • Computational linguist
  • Information analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Manager
  • Researcher in natural language processing
  • Software developer
  • Web designer
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/masters/information-science/admission-and-application

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The English language proficiency requirement will be met bypassing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWOfinal exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-basedTOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (witha minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from theUniversity of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

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

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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