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Journalism and communication studies is a transdisciplinary, social and humanities subject that researches the conditions, structures, processes, contents and effects of media communication and contributes to their design. This includes all areas of direct and media-mediated public communication, including organizational communication as well as computer-mediated and network-based communication.



Journalism and communication science is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. Journalism and communication studies are combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module.

The study of journalism and communication science as a 90 CP core subject comprises a constitutive part, which consists of six modules, and a final module as well as the general vocational preparation study area.

In the core subject of journalism and communication science, at the end of the course the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted become. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module exams. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Journalism and communication studies as a 90 CP core subject

module Introduction to Journalism and Communication Studies A
module History and structures of the media system A
module Methods: Basics of philosophy of science, data collection and statistics A
module Journalism research and organizational communication
module Media impact and the public A
module Media practice A
module Public Communication Perspectives A


Journalism and communication studies as a 60 CP module offer

module Introduction to Journalism and Communication Studies B
module History and structures of the media system B
module Journalism research and organizational communication
module Media impact and the public B
module Public Communication Perspectives B

Methods: Scientific theoretical principles, data collection, statistics B or  

Media practice B



Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If journalism and communication science is studied as a module offer as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.

By acquiring specialist knowledge of public communication and its relevance for the organization of society, the course qualifies graduates for a postgraduate (master’s) course. In addition, it opens up professional fields in the areas

  • journalism
  • Public relations and organizational communication (in companies, public institutions or non-governmental organizations)
  • Media research
  • Program planning and development
  • Media organization and management
  • Communication policy and media self-regulation
  • Policy advice.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for managerial positions or employment in research and teaching.



Admission mode 1st semester
Local admission restriction
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th and 6th semester)
Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

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