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The research-oriented consecutive Master’s degree in Media and Political Communication provides in-depth specialist knowledge in the field of political communication, in particular the political public, policy-related media effects, political journalism and communication management as well as the methods of political communication research. In addition to the theoretical basics in research-oriented forms of teaching, the master’s course also imparts application, reflection and development skills in the field of communication and media research methods.

In addition to this subject-specific knowledge, the master’s program aims to provide students with methodological and analytical skills oriented towards current research issues. On this basis, they independently research phenomena and problems of political communication against the background of dynamic changes in modern mass media, online media and social communication. This includes, among other things, in-depth knowledge of the history, culture and social dimensions of political communication, its structures and normative regulatory elements as well as the professional and action fields of political journalism and political communication management.




To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or other equivalent university degree with at least 60 CP in the subject of journalism, communication and media studies or journalism, of which at least 10 CP are in social science research methods.
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not obtain their university degree at an educational establishment where English is the language of instruction.

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.



Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The Media and Political Communication master’s degree is intended to prepare students for an academic career in university and non-university research as well as for management activities in the organizations and fields of political communication as well as political communication and political education.

In addition, if the grade point average is good or very good, it qualifies for admission to doctoral studies.



The master’s degree in Media and Political Communication comprises a compulsory area with six modules as well as two elective areas, consisting of a technical and a practical area. One module has to be taken in each of the two elective areas, with a module from the Master’s degree in Political Science also being accessible in the specialist area.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course and examination regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. It also defines the type and requirements of the examination performance of the modules and the master’s examination. 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.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on a question from the field of political communication at an advanced scientific level and to present the results appropriately and to classify them scientifically. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module Theories and findings of political communication research
module Methods of empirical communication and media research B
module Political journalism
module History and structures of political communication
module Strategic communication in politics
module Research in Political Communication
Elective area (subject area)
Elective module International and international comparative communication
Elective module

A module of the MA Political Science course

Elective area (internship area)
Elective module Internship
Elective module Project-oriented teaching of scientific problem analysis
(module of the MA in Media and Communication Studies)
Elective module Module / s of the competence area foreign languages ??(module of the study area general vocational preparation in BA courses)

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