Contemporary History and Media (interdisciplinary Master's programme)

Decorative Picture

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Based on contemporary developments and case studies of international and national media of the 20th and 21st centuries, the master’s programme in Contemporary History and Media at the University of Vienna aims at introducing students to a theoretical and application-oriented academic approach to a broad and applicable media competence.  It also takes into account impact research (impact on political decision processes, public social debates, etc.).

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 665

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to the Key Aspects of Theories and History of Media
  • Introduction to Research, Research Design and Methods
  • Empirical Research and Presentation
  • Electives: Special Topics: Contemporary History and Media
  • Master's Seminar
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Master’s Examination

Students have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas:

  • Mass media and communication science
  • Political science
  • European ethnology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre, film and media studies
  • Jewish studies

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Science journalism
  • Museology
  • Analysis of images
  • Media technology
  • Interpretation of artefacts

... 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

Graduates of this master’s programme can pursue a career in the following occupational areas:

  • research-led culture journalism and science journalism
  • public history
  • applied museology
  • project management
  • consulting in politics and media, etc.

The master’s programme in Contemporary History and Media places great emphasis on teaching contemporary, cultural and social scientific approaches. In addition, the master’s programme prepares students for doctoral studies.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 18 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Contemporary History and Media graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 74% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,323 gross/month.
  • 10% of graduates work in each of the libraries, archives, museums sector and the social work activities sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA History".