Master Thesis Communication and Information Studies: Multimodal Communication

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Doel vak

In the MA thesis, students demonstrate their ability to conduct and
report on academic research on a level of substantial scope and
complexity. They develop their own idea for a relevant and feasible
project which, when approved, they can plan and carry out independently.
The work is aimed to produce a new academic contribution to the study of
multimodal communication. The thesis constitutes a report that reflects
these qualities according to the conventions of the appropriate subfield
of communication and information studies in which the thesis is
Students successfully completing the thesis apply their knowledge,
understanding, and problem solving abilities in new contexts related to
the study of multimodal communication. In doing so, they demonstrate the
ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity. They can clearly
communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale
underpinning these, following the standards of academic discourse.

Inhoud vak

For the master’s thesis, students produce a research report about a
topic in the domain of multimodal communication, building on ideas and
approaches they have learned in the courses they have taken for the
program. They select a problem, topic, and goal of research, analyze
relevant publications concerning their topic, and formulate a research
question with subquestions. The thesis can involve an empirical
investigation of a sufficient amount of relevant material, analyzed
using qualitative and/or quantitative methods, or it can consist of a
literature-based study on an important question (a meta-analysis). The
result is a report in the form of a thesis of 15,000-25,000 words.


Independent study and individual consultation with a thesis supervisor.


An MA thesis that meets the requirements of the program (see the Faculty
Thesis Regulations and the Thesis Guidelines for CIS). The thesis will
be assessed based on the cogency of the arguments put forward, the
relationship of the work to scholarship at large, and the quality of the
writing itself. Students will also be evaluated on their independence in
deciding on a suitable topic, on gathering information, and on the
writing process.

Vereiste voorkennis

Participation in the three required courses of the Multimodal
Communication specialization and the two core courses on genre design
and genre research.


To be collected by the student.


Master’s students in Communication and Information Studies completing
the specialization in Multimodal Communication.

Algemene informatie

Studiepunten 18 EC
Periode Ac. Jaar (sept)
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. A.J. Cienki

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