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    We live in a time where more and more automated systems provide us with access to enormous amounts of information, through search engines, websites, digital helpdesks, and speaking computers, for instance. How can you make sure that people get the exact information or (access to) knowledge that they require? How can this be organised? What technologies do we have at our disposal to effectuate this? How can users´ demands and wishes be catered for most adequately? How can all this be translated into smart information systems?

    These questions are central to the one-year English Master´s specialisation of Human Aspects of Information Technology (HAIT), a heavily internationally oriented specialisation in the Master´s programme of Communication and Information Sciences.

    Natural Communication

    HAIT´s central point of departure is the way in which people communicate naturally. How do people ask questions, and to what purpose? What is the meaning of the words that are used and what kind of answers do people expect to get? When does miscommunication occur, and how can it be solved in a natural way? With this focus on the human element, HAIT clearly distinguishes itself from comparable programmes offered elsewhere in this country and abroad.

    In the HAIT Master´s specialisation, you will learn how to organise information systems in such a way that they can communicate with the user in a natural way. A search engine will have to `understand´ what results an inquirer is looking for; an automatic telephone service helpdesk will have to be able to enter into a dialogue with a caller through speech recognition and artificial speech. By making use of the unique combination of information and language technology you actively contribute to the accessibility and the categorisation of information.

    The programme trains the students to be professionals with an excellent understanding and knowledge of the field. A well-balanced combination of theory and skills guarantees optimal conditions for acquiring expertise in the many potential building blocks that advanced information systems are made up of.

    We teach you to handle these blocks like an architect, with the wishes of clients and/or users in mind. Each problem connected to a specific need for information requires its own approach. You know which specific building blocks need to be combined to arrive at the best possible solution. You know how to use them.

    Unit 1 (January 2014 - March 2014)
    1. Choose 2 courses from these options (6 ECTS per course):

    * Advertising and Persuasion (CD/BDM)
    * Computer Games (HAIT)
    * Evolution of the Internet (HAIT/BDM)
    * Interactive Visualization (DJ/CD/BDM)
    * Language Policy (IC/CD)
    * Mobile Media & Society (BDM)
    * Models of Language Learning (BDM/HAIT/IC)
    * Non-verbal Communication (CD/IC)
    * Precision Journalism (DJ)

    2. Choose 1 Research Skills Module (3 ECTS per module):

    * Data Processing: Advanced
    * Data Processing: Use
    * Research Interview
    * Video Data Analysis
    * Methodology & Statistics (6 ECTS only as deficiency course)

    Unit 2 (April 2014 - July 2014)
    1. Choose 2 courses from these options (6 ECTS per course):

    * Data Journalism Practice (DJ)
    * Ethnographic Approaches to Social Media (IC/BDM/CD)
    * Health Communication 2.0 (CD/BDM)
    * Language & globalization (IC/BDM)
    * Miscommunication & Emotion (BDM/CD)
    * Organizational Decision Making and Cooperation (HAIT/BDM)
    * Social Media Marketing (BDM)
    * Understanding Cooperation in Communication (BDM/IC/CD)
    * Usage Based Approaches to Knowledge (IC/CD)

    2. Choose 1 Research Skills Module (3 ECTS per module):

    * Analysis of Variance
    * Data Processing: Development
    * Ethnographic Research

    Unit 3 (September 2014 - October 2014)
    1. Choose 1 course from these options (6 ECTS per course):

    * Cognition & Process (CD)
    * Communication Strategies (BDM/IC)
    * Design and Evaluation of Online Texts (CD/BDM)
    * Digital Storytelling (DJ/CD/BDM)
    * Intercultural Communication for Professionals (IC/CD)
    * Language, Culture and Identity (IC)
    * Multimodality & Communication (BDM/CD)
    * Natural Language Processing (HAIT)
    * Social Media at Work & Play (BDM)
    * Social Signal Processing (HAIT/BDM/DJ)
    * Elective course: 1 other Master's program of the Tilburg School of Humanities, Tilburg University or an other Dutch University

    2. Optional extra Research Skills Modules (3 ECTS per module):

    * Data Processing: Use
    * Online Data Collection
    * Research Interview
    * Video Data Analysis
    * Methodology & Statistics (6 ECTS only as deficiency course)

    Unit 4 (November 2014 - December 2014)
    1. Masterthesis

    2. Choose 1 course from these options (6 ECTS per course):

    * Cultural Diversity Management (MCD/IC/BDM)
    * Cultural Diversity Policies (MCD/IC)
    * Culture, Communication and Computers (IC/CD/BDM)
    * Data Journalism Practice (DJ)
    * Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (HAIT/DJ)
    * Information Search (HAIT)
    * Intercultural Competencies and Education (IC)
    * Journalistic Data Mining (DJ/BDM/CD)
    * Negotiation Strategies (BDM)
    * Visual Communication (BDM)

    3. Optional extra Research Skills Modules (3 ECTS per module):

    * Methods of Analysis of Functional Documents
    * Analysis of Variance
    * Data Processing: Development
    * Eye Tracking
    * Ethnographic Research
    * Web Analytics

    Audience

    Students are participants. We believe strongly that our students are participants when it comes to the exchange of knowledge that occurs every day at Tilburg University!

    Imagine exchanging ideas and developing solutions with the most talented and motivated students from a range of international schools. This international Master's program offers courses to students both from the Netherlands and with international backgrounds. With their different cultural backgrounds and strong academic records, they have chosen Tilburg School of Humanities as a place to start their international career in the field of Communication and Information Sciences.

    Many of the courses are taught in small groups, meaning that there is intensive contact with fellow-students and lecturers. Students also get all the supervision they need while writing their Master's thesis.


    program_requirements

    Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements: * You have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as general Communication Studies, Linguistics, or a modern language. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject are most welcome to apply, but we strongly recommend that you consult us in advance for advice. * An adequate knowledge of English is required. Please send us a certified copy of ONE of the following English proficiency tests: Academic IELTS (min. 6.5 overall/6.0 on parts), TOEFL (min. paper-based: 577, computer-based: 233, internet-based: 90; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860) or Cambridge Proficiency Examination. The English proficiency tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.You are exempt from an English test: * A) If you are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America. * B) If you completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America. * C) If you completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America. * D) If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma with English as the language of instruction. * E) If you completed a 4-years Bachelors program (of at least 240 ECTS credits) fully in English in an accredited University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands. * F) If you completed a 3-years Academic Bachelors program (of at least 180 ECTS credits) fully in English in an accredited Research University the Netherlands. * G) If you completed a 1 or 2-years Academic Masters program (of at least 60 or 120 ECTS credits respectively) fully in English in an accredited Research University the Netherlands.In all other cases, please send us a certified copy of ONE of the following English proficiency tests: * Academic IELTS (min. 6.5 overall/6.0 on parts) * TOEFL (min. paper-based: 577, computer-based: 233, internet-based: 90; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860) * Cambridge Proficiency Examination English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 90 Work Experience No work experience is required. not required Technological Requirements not required

    Tilburg University offers scholarships for both prospective and current students. At Tilburg University we are committed in supporting financially talented and motivated students to study in our graduate programs. Below you will find a short description and a link to various types of scholarships which can help you finance your study at Tilburg University.

    Please note that the number of scholarships are limited and mainly targeted at students with excellent study results. We therefore recommend you to carefully read the requirements and deadlines.

    Scholarships sponsored by Tilburg University

    * Tilburg University Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    Scholarship and tuition waiver for excellent non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
    * TSH - Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    Scholarship for excellent EU/EEA students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg School of Humanities.
    * Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship China
    Tuition waiver for outstanding Chinese students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
    * Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia
    Tuition waiver for outstanding Indonesian students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
    * Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Korea
    Tuition waiver for outstanding Korean students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
    * Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico
    Tuition waiver for outstanding Mexican students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.

    Scholarships and Loan Programs in cooperation with Tilburg University

    * NFP Scholarship
    The Netherlands Fellowship Program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and offers a scholarship to students from more than 60 different countries. The NFP Scholarship is designed to promote capacity building, and is applicable to PhD programs or to one of the following Master study programs at Tilburg University: * MA in Communication and Information Sciences
    * MA in Management of Cultural Diversity
    * Research Master in Language and Communication
    * Research Master in Philosophy


    * StuNed Scholarship
    Scholarship available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years of work experience in a development-related organization.
    * Conicyt Scholarship
    Scholarship available for Master and PhD candidates from Chile. Tilburg University offers an additional tuition waiver.
    * COLFUTURO Scholarship
    Loan-scholarship available for Master and PhD candidates from Colombia. Tilburg University offers an additional tuition waiver.
    * UAF Scholarship
    Scholarship available for refugees and asylum seekers who would like to pursue their study program at a Dutch University.
    * Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
    Joint Scholarship Program for Chinese Master and PhD students, who will take a Master program or full PhD study or period of PhD dissertation research at Tilburg University.
    * FIDERH Scholarship
    Scholarship available for Mexican citizens, with a bachelor's degree, that have an unconditional offer for a Master or PhD.
    * EUROSA + Scholarship
    Part of the Erasmus Mundus program, scholarships for students and researchers from South Africa who want to spend (part of) their studies at Tilburg University. The scholarship is available for a wide range of study fields.
    * PENTA Scholarship Part of the Erasmus Mundus program, scholarship for students and researchers from Western Balkan countries, who want to spend (part of) their studies at Tilburg University. The scholarship is available for a wide range of study fields.
    * Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme
    Scholarship program for Turkish students who want to to follow a Master's programs at Tilburg University. Minimum stay of 3 months required, maximum stay of 12 months, scholarship covers approximately all expenses. The scholarship is available for the following Masters:: * Communication and Information Studies
    * Management of Cultural Diversity



    Other scholarships

    More information on grants can be found at Grantfinder

    Excellence Scholarship for TiU students

    Excellent students with a Bachelor degree of Tilburg University, can apply for an Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship must be used for a Master's abroad or a Research Master at Tilburg University.

    Accreditation

    On April 3, 2013, the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) decided to award Tilburg University the education quality assurance label. This label "expresses that the internal quality care and the efforts of an institution for higher education to improve its performance in relation to the quality of its programs has been positively assessed by the accreditation organization."
    The NVAO assessment panel has tested Tilburg University's policy on five standards: quality vision, education policy, results, improvement policy, and organization and decision structure. In addition, the panel explored three "critical themes" :

    * the assessment policy in the Bachelor's degree program of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
    * responsible citizenship in the Bachelor's program of Business Economics and the Master's program of Marketing Management, and
    * internationalization in the Bachelor's and Master's programs in Law.

    The assessment panel concluded that Tilburg University is home to a vibrant and stimulating quality culture and has a relevant and widely supported vision on educational quality. The panel expressed its appreciation for the consistency of Tilburg University's quality policy, for example, in the development of research-based learning at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
    The result of the Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment remains valid for six years. This label means that individual programs will be subject to a much lighter accreditation regime than if the university had not passed the assessment.

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