Communication and Media Research (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

Restricted in every semester


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates:Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-3 or TestDaF 4 x TDN 5

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Communication (B.A.)


Department of Communication


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

In an information society, communication conveyed by the media plays a key role. Accordingly, research interest in the processes, functions and effects of the mass media and the role of its actors is growing both in the universities and the private sector. For companies, parties or nonprofit organizations, analyses of their media presence and resonance are essential today. Similarly, methodological expertise is in demand in university research and teaching on the one hand, and, on the other hand, within the context of market, opinion and media research in the private sector or for advertising companies and media institutions. In addition, the Master's program in Communication prepares graduates for tasks in journalism fields that require a method-focused journalistic education, such as a career in science journalism.

Master entrance requirements

A bachelor’s degree in journalism or communication or a similar degree from a German or foreign higher education institution.

At least half of the credits earned for this degree should come from subjects related to journalism or communication. Of these credits, at least twelve should be earned in courses on empirical methodology, including statistics. Another ten of these credits should come from courses on empirical audience and effectiveness research. Please note that the we do not offer any preparatory courses on these topics and students will not be able to catch up on statistics during the first semester. Applicants must be able to prove that they have obtained these credits in (empirical) methodology (including statistics) before the application deadline.

If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline, including - however - the previously mentioned 12 credits in (empirical) methodology (including statistics) and empirical audience and effectiveness research, before the application deadline.

We expect applicants to have a very good active and passive knowledge of English that enables them to read specialist literature and participate in courses taught in English (no proof required).

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).