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

Fields of interest of our staff

Marleen Buizer

Citizen initiatives
Participatory action research
Discourse analysis
Science-society interface

Pepi Burgos

Intercultural communication
Health communication
Corporate and marketing (online) communication
Change management

Marie Garnier Ortiz

Critical media studies
Media power
News media, journalism and democracy
Public debates about mass animal production
Framing analysis

Joanne Leerlooijer

Communication interventions
Health communication
Community interventions

Hedwig te Molder

Science-society interaction
Interaction analysis
Food, health and environment
Science and technology communication

Bob Mulder

Interpersonal health communication
Behavior change interventions

Marijn Poortvliet

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

Tim Stevens

Social media
Dynamics of public debates
Agro-food governance

Jasper de Vries

Spatial planning
Persuasive communication

Margit van Wessel

Citizen engagement
Civil society
Advocacy and advocacy evaluation
Communicative governance
Organizational communication