Communication Science (Master)

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The English-language master's programme in Communication Science aims at providing students with the necessary competences for dealing with current, socially relevant research issues in the field of communication science. They are able to use state-of-the-art research methods on an internationally transferable level. In addition, they are able to operate internationally as decision-makers in the area of communication, especially in private research. The master’s programme focuses on the contexts, contents and impact/consequences of communication processes on a micro, meso and macro level. Students must have English skills corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 550

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Selection procedure


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Study Programme

The degree programme comprises compulsory modules (Introduction to Communication Theory and Research; Introduction to Communication Research Methods; Advanced Data Analysis; Research Projects 1; Research Projects 2), a master's thesis and a master's examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Journalism
  • Data analysis
  • Research methods
  • Politics
  • Strategic communication

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The master’s programme qualifies students for research-oriented activities, especially in the following occupational fields:

  • leading PhD programmes in communication science worldwide
  • opinion, market and survey research
  • media research (e.g. agencies, publishers, broadcasting companies)
  • media and communication consulting
  • media and communication management.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2,3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 4.0 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 15 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master's programme in Communication Science (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 1 month after graduation on average.
  • earn an average of € 2,969 (women) and € 3,111 (men) gross per month within three years after graduation.
  • work full time at a percentage of 83% (women) and 86% (men) within three years after graduation.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "MA Journalism and Communication Studies".