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Master of Arts in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication

Research and analysis of digital communication and its opportunities, different types, patterns, and risks as well as the behavior of its users: That’s what the master’s program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication is about. Every year, students focus on two particular areas of specialization covering topics related to the broad field of digital communication and conduct their own empirical research projects. Small classes and close contact with the teachers make for an ideal learning environment. Apart from the specialization seminars, the program comprises some elective modules with courses from similar fields of study.

At a glance

Start of the program and period of study 4 semesters (full-time); only in the fall semester
Application period

Application period: March 15 - May 31 (Apply now)

Language of instruction German and English
Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies or in a similar field of study with a final grade of at least 2.5; subject-specific knowledge in Media and Communication Studies corresponding to at least 40 ECTS credits as well as in relevant research methods corresponding to at least 8 ECTS credits; proof of English language proficiency equivalent to level B2. Please consult the selection statutes for detailed information.
International orientation Optional semester and/or internship abroad
Required coursework and course contents 120 ECTS credits, approximately 105 ECTS credits of these in Media and Communication Studies and approximately 15 ECTS credits in an additional elective module
Program description N/A


Semesterbeitrag: 160,40 Euro (mehr)
Gebühren für Nicht-EU-Ausländer: 1.500 Euro
Gebühren für ein Zweitstudium: 650 Euro

    Specialization seminars in the 2019 fall semester

  • Distrust – and the media / Misstrauen – und die Medien

    Distrust has always played a minor role in the field of trust research. Recently, however, more attention has been paid to this concept – especially as regards politics and the media. It has become apparent, however, that the term is being interpreted and assessed differently. In the course of the seminar, students learn what distrust means and why this concept can be useful in addition to the concept of trust (or lack of trust). The title of the seminar is supposed to draw attention to the fact that, on the one hand, people tend to have less and less trust in the news and, on the other hand, that the news themselves can convey distrust to other areas of society. The seminar is held by Prof. Matthias Kohring and Prof. Angela Keppler.

  • Digital Reading (of fiction and newspapers) / Digitales Lesen (am Beispiel fiktionaler Literatur sowie der Tageszeitung)

    In the course of this specialization seminar, students address the question of who reads what kinds of contents today (newspapers on the one hand and fiction on the other hand) as well as how thoroughly and why we read them. The aim of the seminar is to assess the current situation as well as changes compared to analog reading and to provide possible explanations for these changes. The seminar is held by Prof. Peter Vorderer.

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The key elements of the master’s program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication are media analysis as well as quantitative and qualitative research skills. The program qualifies students for a career in the fields of science and research – as well as in media and communication practice in the fields of journalism, film and television, public relations or market research.

Advising and contact

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 611
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
During the lecture period: Tue and Wed from 10:00 a.m.–noon (drop–in).