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Master of Arts
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Restrictions on admission
none | individual acceptance
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Standard period of study
4 semesters
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Start of studies
October 1
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Requirement for admission
Bachelor's degree in a similar field | Language Certificate English C1
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The research-oriented Media and Communication Science master program is a social-scientific oriented program whose main objective is the exploration of media communication. The program combines content from the fields of communication sciences, media technology, economic sciences and law (Ilmenau model). The program is research oriented and closely connected with current, medium- and long-term research activities of the Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (IfMK). This master program focuses on facilitate students to acquire knowledge and competences in theoretical approaches, research methods and findings concerning media communication in a research oriented course.

The modular courses are held in English. Graduates are therefore ideally prepared for the globalised job market in which interface and transfer skills become of greater importance.

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Content of study

Compulsory modules (e.g., Academic Skills in Communication Science, Media Management and Communication Theories, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Data Analysis, Intercultural Communication)

21 %

Specialization modules (e.g., Introduction to Computational Communication Science, Media Content, Reception and Effects Research, Virtual and Augmented Reality for Communication Science, Media, Culture, and Politics in Germany and Europe)

21 %

Research modules (e.g., Social Media Research, International Risk and Crisis Communication Research)

25 %

Applied Modules (e.g., Journalism and Strategic Communication, Public Relations in the Context of Globalization)

8 %

Master thesis

25 %
Detailed subject overview: Module panel of Media and Communication Science (Master)

The course is very appropriate for those who are interested in research. Nowadays, many companies require their employees to have a research background and data analysis skills.

Lan Dung Vu


Fields of work

  • Internal and external organisational communication (public relations) for companies, associations and public institutions
  • Social science market and opinion research
  • Media and communication consulting
  • Media Management
  • Media Production
  • Scientific career at universities and research institutions
  • Journalism; especially science, economics and technology

Melisa and Sultan are studying Media and Communication Science at the TU Ilmenau


Karla studies Media and Communication Science at the TU Ilmenau

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