|Degree awarded||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Duration and credits||4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||October (winter semester)|
|Language of instruction||German|
The M.A. Communication in Digital Societies programme allows you to engage in theoretical and application-oriented study simultaneously. Primarily intended for graduates from degree programmes with a focus on communication science, it is the right degree programme for you if you are interested in how the digital media are changing communication processes in the public realm and what consequences this might have for society at large. It takes social-scientific research with a special focus on computational methods and combines this with interdisciplinary aspects of digitalisation. As you progress through the programme, you will acquire a wide range of skills that give you the best preparation for your future career, be it in academic research or working in the digital or communications business sectors. You will have the opportunity to complete an internship during your degree programme, which will give you initial work experience and enable you to apply the knowledge you have gained.
- Focus on the relevant and topical field of digital communication
- Methodological focus on computerised research, data collection and analysis processes
- Strong research orientation through two-semester research projects on current topics in digital communication, which you will complete in a small group with close supervision
- Clearly structured programme which allows you to shape your individual profile by choosing a minor subject and a large interdisciplinary course offering
- Compulsory elective modules enable you to approach various aspects of the digital transformation from an interdisciplinary perspective, e.g. by specialising in cultural studies of a world region
- Creative work in student clubs and societies: KONNEX PR (PR practice), PRO.FIL and spaetschicht.tv (TV and film), Campus Crew (university radio), CaTer and BLANK Magazin (print and online journalism), Fotoprojekt Lichtgestalten and many more
This degree programme prepares you for an academic career by qualifying you for doctoral study in the field of communication studies. Nevertheless, a career in the communications and media industry is also possible. This future-oriented degree will, in particular, give you the necessary knowledge and skills for:
- Public relations work at business enterprises, foundations, associations or political organisations
- Strategic communication using digital marketing technologies
- Journalism (such as data or science journalism)
- Market research
- Content management
- Public affairs consultancy
This master's programme is divided into two sub-areas of communication studies, Digital Communication Theories and Research Fields and Digital Communication Research and Professional Competencies, as well as the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area Social Science of Digital Transformation.
This master's programme is primarily aimed at those who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme with a focus on communication studies.
The formal admission requirements are a university degree in a communication studies or social science subject with a final grade of 2.5 or better under the German grading scale (or the relevant equivalent foreign grade); if you do not meet the final grade requirement, you may still be eligible for this programme if you have documentary proof that you graduated among the best 50% of your cohort.
During your previous undergraduate degree, you must have gained at least 30 ECTS credits in communication studies and at least 30 ECTS credits in the field of social-scientific research methods. (NB: One ECTS credit equates roughly to 30 hours of work, including self-study and attendance of lectures, seminars and so on). Examples of courses or modules that would count towards these are:
- courses/modules in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods (e.g. surveys, content analysis, qualitative interviews, qualitative text analysis, experiments, observation);
- courses/modules from the field of statistics/data analysis;
- application of social-scientific methods in (student-led) research projects (e.g. in the context of seminars);
- your bachelor's dissertation.
In addition, you must demonstrate English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
For the application process, in addition to the usual documents (certificates, transcript of records, (reverse-)chronological curriculum vitae), a letter of motivation (maximum two pages) should be enclosed, demonstrating why you are applying for the master's programme (e.g. what professional career path you envisage, why you feel you are particularly qualified for the degree programme, reasons for applying to Passau and specifically for this master's programme). Please also provide a brief outline of an idea for a project that you would like to work on for your master's degree.
For a detailed list of the application documents required and how to apply, visit www.uni-passau.de/en/apply. If you have any questions about the required qualifications and the application procedure, please contact the Student Registration Office.
You need German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
In addition, you will require English language proficiency at level B2 CEFR.