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Overview programme

Course name
Course code EC 1 2 3 4
Managing Diversity in Communication CIWM438 5 X

Research Design and Data Analysis in Communication

CIWM430 5 X
Culture and Persuasion Research CIWM439 10 X X
Intercultural Competence CIWM436 5 X
Communication & Consultancy * CIWM437 10 X X
Elective (incl. Masterlanguage) * * 5
Master thesis CIWM402 20 X X
Total 60 15 15 15 15

* Instead of the internship as part of the Communication & Consultancy course (10 EC), students can opt for two elective courses of 10 EC in total, possibly including a Research internship (LET-CIWM419). The workload for Communication & Consultancy is greatest in period 2, when the student does an eight-week internship at an organization and carries out research; in period 1 the student is prepared for the internship in a number of seminars and with assignments. The EC totals per period at the bottom of the table take this workload distribution into account.

** In the Global Communication and Diversity program, you should choose at least one elective (at least 5 EC, level: Master): There are four options:

1. Electives in our department:

Electives in English:
- TWM-ETC402 Intercultural Pragmatics
- TWM413 Languages in Interaction: Global Perspectives
- TWM409 Languages and Society: Variation and Diversity
- CIWM471 New Media and Society
- REMA-LCEX14 Non-nativeness in Communication
- CIWM479 Qualitative Methods

Electives in Dutch:
- CIWM480 Algoritmes, beïnvloeding en chatbots
- CIWM414 Communicatie en gedragsbeïnvloeding (from our Dutch master’s program Communicatie en Beïnvloeding)
- CIWM474 Communicatie in professionele contexten
- CIWM475 Crisis- en reputatiemanagement
- CIWM476 Kwalitatieve methoden
- CIWM473 Narratieve communicatie (from our Dutch master’s program Communicatie en Beïnvloeding)
- CIWM478 Techniek en toekomst van gezondheid en zorg (from the interdisciplinary education track Health Care Humanities)
- CIWM477 Ziekte en gezondheid (from the interdisciplinary education track Health Care Humanities)

You can register for these elective courses in Osiris. If you have any questions about course registration, contact the Student Information Point (STIP).

2. Electives in another master's program at the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University:
You can choose a master's course offered by another program within the Faculty of Arts. There are master courses that students of GC&D can follow under all conditions, whilw other courses may require you to fulfill certain prerequisites. Whether a course can be followed as an elective (with or without prerequisites) is usually mentioned in the course description of the course (see the online course guides). If it is unclear whether a course is open to you, check with the Examination Board of the programme that offers the course whether you can take part. You can register for elective courses that are open to you in Osiris. For questions about course registration, contact the Student Information Point (STIP) of the faculty that offers the course.


3. Electives in the master program Communication Science (at the Faculty of Social Sciences) at Radboud University:
If you follow the GC&D master program, you can choose to take elective courses offered by the master program of Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences:

Cursusnaam Code Ec Periode
Media en consumptiecultuur CWM010 5 1

Entertainment-media en welzijn

CWM020 5 2
De informatie-professional: theorie en praktijk CWM040 5 1
Current theories of persuasion and resistance (English-taught) CWM050 5 1
Innovaties in communicatie CWM070 5 2
Young consumers (English-taught) CWM090 5 2
De informatie-explosie CWM100 5 1
Wetenschaps-communicatie* CWM140 3 4
Marketing-communicatie CWM170 5 2
Theorie en modelering van informatiediffusie CWM180 5 2
Duurzaamheid, communicatie en media CWM190 5 1

*The course 'Wetenschapscommunicatie' has limited access. Students must enclose a letter of motivation with their application for the course to the CS-master coordinator ms. Dr. S. Daalmans, serena.daalmans@ru.nl.

Depending on the available spots, you can follow the course. The number of places available is limited and may vary per course. For these electives of the Master's programme in Communication Science, you should contact ms. Dr. S. Daalmans (serena.daalmans@ru.nl), the master coordinator of Communication Science. She will let you know if there is still a spot left. If so, she will take care of your registration for the relevant course in Osiris. You do not need to contact the master coordinator of Communication and Information Sciences for this.

4. Other electives:
You may wish to opt for an elective master's courses offered by another faculty  (e.g. Management or Law) at Radboud University, or for a Masterlanguage course. Consult the online course guides of the relevant programs to check whether you may be admitted as an Arts (CIS) student. If the course is open to students from other faculties, you can register for the course in Osiris. If you have any questions about course registration, contact the STIP of the faculty where you want to follow a course.

N.B. For elective courses that fall under options 2 and 4 above, you will need to get approval from your CIS master’s programme supervisor, Dr. L. Verheijen (with the exception of Masterlanguage courses, which have all been pre-approved). If the course guide states that course is not open to students from other faculties, you can submit a request to the exam committee of the department that offers the course if an exception can be made (no guarantees, but sometimes possible if you motivate your choice very well). If you take a course outside Radboud University, you must submit a certified examination slip with a request for conversion to our Faculty's Examination Board after completion (https://www.ru.nl/facultyofarts/stip/rules-guidelines/education-assessment/examination-board/procedure-requests-complaints/); this also applies to Masterlanguage courses.


Extracurricular courses:
If you want to follow extra courses, that is courses in addition to the compulsory elective, and if you want to have these extra courses noted on the supplement of your degree certificate (as extracurricular courses), you will need to obtain approval to do so from the Examination Board.The following criteria for approval apply for extracurricular courses:

  • they are taken and completed while you are still registered as a student with the degree programme to which the degree certificate (and supplement) applies;
  • they cannot overlap (in terms of content) with other courses in your degree programme;
  • they must be courses offered at master level.