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PhD programme

Admission requirements

Amsterdam School of Communication Research

Admission and application

PhD candidates are admitted to ASCoR through the following ways:

  1. Through an open recruitment procedure, applying for a PhD vacancy within a research project that is internally or externally funded (by e.g. the NWO, the EU, NICIS). Vacancies are announced on the ASCoR and UvA websites.
  2. Through own funding. PhD candidates can submit their own research proposal, which means candidates must bring their own funding ascertained through private resources, grants (e.g. the Ford Foundation, a scholarship from a national or local government, Nuffic) or by being under contract with other UvA units, institutes or companies (these students are referred to as buitenpromovendi or external PhDs). Please note that this own funding should cover living costs, research costs and administration costs.

See for more information, the application procedure.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the international ASCoR PhD program are required to have a Research Master degree in Communication Science or equivalent qualifications. A Research Master degree is a 2-year Master program with 60 ECTS in methodology and statistics.
Admission will take into account the student's academic performance, the quality of his or her Master's thesis, and personal motivation to conduct a PhD research project. In general, our PhD candidates are among the top Master students.

Tailor-made transfer program 

Candidates who do not have a Research Master degree or a Master degree in Communication Science, or a closely related field - such as (Mass) Communication Studies, Media Studies, or Journalism - will be asked to follow a made-to-measure transfer program. The transfer program for non-Research Masters usually consists of 30 ECTS of methodological coursework, to be finished prior to the start of the PhD project. The transfer program for non-Communication Science Masters usually consists of an Intensive Introduction to Communication Science, to be completed prior to the start of the PhD project, plus 12 ECTS of Master coursework during the first two years of the PhD project.