Media and Communication Science (M.A.)

Short profile

Master of Arts

admission restriction
none | individual acceptance

standard length of study
3 semester

study start
April 1 or october 1

teaching language
German / English

credit points

admission requirements
Bachelor's degree in a similar field

possible throughout the year



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

Content of study

7 %
Orientation module (e.g. trends in media and communication science, scientific Work and empirical research)
27 %
Specialisation module (optional subjects) (e.g. media marketing, media law, media economics, business management, digital public relations, scientific work in media psychology, empirical research, foreign news and social media)
33 %
Research module (optional subjects) (e.g. new technologies, YouTube research, media change, mediatization and digitalization, movie analysis, international crisis communication research, international communicator research)
33 %
Master thesis

Fields of work

  • Public relations for enterprises, organisations and public institutions

  • Social-scientific market and opinion research

  • Media and communication consulting

  • Media management

  • Media production

  • Scientific career at universities and research institutions

  • Journalism; especially on science, economics and technology

Further information