Master of Arts
Media Studies

Media Studies

Media Studies is concerned with mediality and its impact on cultural, social and political communication. In this master’s degree program, students are trained to competently analyze media, media texts and media systems with a particular focus on the aesthetics, theory, history and analysis of film, television and social media. Moreover, questions from media and cultural studies are investigated primarily with methods from the social sciences, taking into consideration the connections between media and industry, politics and social communication.  Students engage in guided independent research, enhancing their receptive and productive skills.

In addition to compulsory modules covering theories and methodologies of media studies as well as the history and historiography of media, this degree program offers practical elements in which students gain insights into media production processes in the areas they choose: audio/radio, film/video, online or photography. These practical experiences are connected with students’ theoretical studies of the respective media. Having acquired broad theoretical knowledge as well as methodological and practical skills, and having reflected on questions of interference between media and society, of aesthetics of film and television as well as of media culture, graduates of this program are prepared for a professional activity in a diverse field.

Possible lines of work:

Editorial departments of newspapers/radio stations/television stations/online firms, film industry, publishers and agencies, applied media research, museums, public relations work, corporate communications, cultural institutions, educational institutions, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Local NC (Special selection)
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Minimum grade of 2.5 or local equivalent

Specific modules: Media Theories | Methods of Media Studies | Media History or Media Systems (45 ECTS credits total)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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