Master thesis COM

A Master thesis with the Strategic Communication (COM) group allows you to become an expert in a specific area of the communication arena that is closely linked to your personal interest and future career. During a three to six month period - under close supervision of a staff member - you will thoroughly engage in a full research cycle (proposal writing, development of problem statement, theoretical framework, research questions, framework of analysis, data gathering, data analysis and reporting of the research in the writing of a thesis and, optionally, by means of a presentation).

Selecting a topic

The first step in working on a Master thesis is the selection of a topic. You can either develop your own thesis topic or select an available thesis topic. It is advised, to choose a topic that is close to the research being carried out by the chair group, in order to ensure proper supervision and guidance. Please note that your supervisor must always approve the topic of your thesis.

If you need some inspiration, here are some options:

Available thesis topics

Field of interest by staff member

Jantien van Berkel

  • Worksite health promotion
  • Health communication
  • Behaviour change

Pepi Burgos

  • Corporate and technology communication
  • Intercultural and marketing (online) communication
  • International management
  • Change management

Severine van Bommel

  • Environmental communication
  • Interpretive analysis
  • Co-construction of knowledge
  • Social learning
  • Climate change

Hedwig te Molder

  • Science-society interaction
  • Discursive psychology
  • Food and health
  • Science and technology communication

Bob Mulder

  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal health communication
  • Behavior change interventions

Hanneke Nijland

Marijn Poortvliet

  • Risk communication
  • Human-technology interactions
  • Social psychology
  • Risk perception
  • Sustainable behavior

Reint Jan Renes

  • Social psychology
  • Behavior change
  • Health communication
  • Persuasive design

Jorinde Spook

  • Location-based communication
  • Health communication technology
  • Real-time monitoring and interventions
  • Behavior change
  • Serious gaming

Emely de Vet

  • Behavior change interventions
  • Health promotion
  • Psychology
  • Food and nutrition
  • Experimental research

Jasper de Vries

  • Trust
  • Spatial planning
  • Sustainability
  • Persuasive communication

Margit van Wessel

  • Citizen engagement
  • Civil society
  • Climate change
  • Advocacy
  • Communicative governance
  • Organizational communication

Christa van der Wulp

  • Social justice
  • Communication interventions