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Media Studies, M.A.

Program overview

Media Studies is a young and interdisciplinary field of research. In the Media Studies master's program at Technische Universität Berlin you can take advantage of Berlin as an exciting media capital to explore different possibilities in media.

During your studies, you learn to examine and address every type of communicative phenomena using relevant theories and methods. Aside from classical media such as film, television, print, and radio, the curriculum also focuses on the current transformation process taking place with Internet as the new leading medium and how this transformation is significantly changing mass media communication structures. You examine different subfields such as media history, network theory, augmented reality, and the reorientation of internal corporate communication. Students have opportunities to apply theory to practice using current application examples and in projects with non-university organizations.

DegreeMaster of Arts
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

The formal admission requirement for the Media Studies master’s program is a first university degree in the humanities, education, linguistics, cultural studies, social sciences, law, business and economics, natural sciences, human sciences, technology, engineering, agricultural and forestry studies, art studies, design, or medicine.

The Media Studies master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. As some courses and professional literature are in English, you must submit proof of English skills at CEFR level B2.

Program structure

The Media Studies master's program consists of a compulsory component (54 credit points), a broadly-based compulsory elective component (18 credit points), and an elective component (18 credit points). The compulsory elective component allows you to choose your own areas of focus, for example in sociology, communication studies, audio communication, or economics. Students complete the program by writing a master's thesis (30 credit points).

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It is simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies. You can find the course schedule in the study and examination regulations.

Study and examination regulations:

Content and modules

The master’s degree program consists of modules combining curriculum content on a specific topic and includes various study and teaching formats such as seminars, lectures, practical tutorials, and projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

You can find a module list which offers a current overview of all the modules in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, workload, assessment methods, and much more.

The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of these regulations applies to new students.

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Internships

You can complete a five-week internship during the elective component of the program.

Stays abroad

The degree program is designed to enable you to incorporate a stay abroad into your studies while remaining within the standard period of study. The study abroad officer in the faculty will assist you with selecting a university and creating a course schedule.

Acquired skills

Graduates of this degree program are trained to identify fundamental problems in media studies. You are familiar with important periods in the history of the development of communication media as well as media and communication theories crucial to the investigation and evaluation of media and communication situations. You possess a broad understanding of the core concepts of media, cultural, and discourse analysis and advanced knowledge of digital media as well as of the resulting social processes of change. You are a specialist and are familiar with tools used to analyze and understand the variable media landscape. Furthermore, all graduates gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the discipline. As a graduate, you are able to analyze from a historical perspective and grasp the relationships between the specific leading media in a period and the respective social complexity as well as the differentiation of different social areas. You integrate your disciplinary knowledge into a comprehensive breadth of knowledge, which enables you to see the bigger picture. The program places particular value on giving consideration to the social importance of media content.

After your studies

Graduates can work in a variety of fields including press and public relations and social media management as well as in software companies, cultural organizations, and administration.

Further fields of work include media-specific project management; media organizations such as (newspaper) publishers, television and radio production, and news agencies; organizational and editorial roles; consulting in media; and research and consulting in scientific institutions.


Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Further information about applying to the program can be found on the degree program website