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Master's program "Media and Communication Science"

Our social science oriented master’s program is just like the profile of the IfMK in research and teaching: interdisciplinary, related to practice and international. As one of the biggest German university institutes in the field of media and communication, we offer three work-oriented emphases: 

Students can pick a profile out of the three work-oriented emphases or put together an individual learning program. 

“Excellent guidance, seminars at the interface of communication, economics, and technology, and a campus life full of variety – this Master‘s program combines a lot of advantages. Being close to new scientific discoveries and at the same time gaining practical experience offers the optimal basis for a successful entry into the job market.“

Kathrin Schwarze, M.A. 

Teaching and Research

Like our bachelor degree course, the master’s program is based on the interdisciplinary Ilmenau model that combines communication science, economics and media technology. While in "Strategic Communication/Public Relations" the focus is on theories, methods and competencies from communication science – always application-oriented, of course –, "Media Management/Innovation Communication" has a higher share of media economics.  The emphasis "Online Communication/Digital Games" deepens media technological aspects. 

The course offer is completely organized by the professors, staff and lecturers of the IfMK. This guarantees an ideally aligned university programAs an option, courses of other institutes and departments of the TU Ilmenau can also be chosen. Our examination office and tutors actively help our students to find the courses that best fit into their prior knowledge and learning targets.

To guarantee a perfect interplay between research and teaching and to be able to always contribute the latest research findings to the teaching, the course offer is oriented along the extensive research activities of the institute. By that, current topics and trends in the field of media and communication find their way into the master’s program. Information on current research projects that are relevant for the program can be found on as well as on the pages of the various departments.

The courses are completely held in English. Because of that and because of numerous worldwide contacts, our master’s program has a high share of international students. This not only makes our programme inspiring and exciting. It is also the ideal preparation for an increasingly globalized job market, where not only interface and transfer competencies but also intercultural competencies are becoming more and more important.

In this alumni-portrait we talk to Konstantin Wall, a former master student about his work as a software designer in the Virtual Engineering Lab in the IT of Volkswagen. He gives an insight in his working process, but he also speaks about his experiences during his master studies.

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