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Master in Communication and Information Studies: Writing and Translation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Writing and Translation

In the master Communication and Information Sciences: Writing and Translation, we train you to become a writer or translator who can draw on linguistic and text-scientific knowledge when applying professional writing and translation skills. Think of the differences between English and Dutch, translation strategies, text strategies, text quality, and text optimization. You will also learn how to deal with the influence of writing culture and normativity when optimizing and translating texts. In doing so, we pay a lot of attention to practice, so that you are well prepared for the labor market.

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Admission requirements

If you want to follow the specialization Writing and Translation of the master Communication and Information Sciences, you must have completed a university bachelor's degree in communication, literature or linguistics.

We check per person whether the program meets the entry conditions. If not, you are likely eligible for a premaster . In addition, there are also requirements regarding your knowledge of English.

Do you have a college degree? Then you cannot directly enroll in the master Communication and Information Sciences: Writing and Translation. The Examination Board of the study program decides whether you are admissible to the pre-master's program of a maximum of 30 credits.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

To write

As a Writing student, you take three compulsory courses in the first semester and two electives. The compulsory courses are

  1. Communication Design in Society: learn how different types of text genres are used in society to achieve certain goals or target groups.
  2. Formulating Plus : learn about structural aspects of Dutch and what effects you achieve when you use certain stylistic or rhetorical constructions in your text.
  3. Narrativity : Learn about the application of narrative principles in texts that are not necessarily literary, such as journalistic texts, popular science texts, fundraising brochures and corporate stories.


As a Translation student, you will follow a translation trajectory in addition to Communication Design in Society and Formulation Plus , with courses in translation theory, translation skills and translation technology. You will find the courses in the list below.

The rest of the training consists of electives and / or internship and the thesis.

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  • Introduction to Translation Studies
  • Translation English-Dutch 1
  • Technical translation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546

Continuing studies

You can look for an appointment as a PhD candidate at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, where you will, for example, work on textual or translation-scientific research.

Career opportunities

Some graduates start their own business and land their own writing or translation assignments. They coordinate with clients about the purpose and target group of a text and work independently on these assignments. These clients can come from the non-profit sector (for example a municipality) but also from the commercial sector (such as an advertising agency).

Other graduates prefer to work at a text agency or translation agency, where you work in a team and often work on larger and longer-term projects. Think of advertising campaigns for companies or the optimization of web texts for a travel organization or a publisher. Or translating web texts for an internationally operating company.

You can also work in a company's communications department. There you take care of internal and / or external communication and you do editing and editing for the website. Also think of corporate storytelling.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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