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  M.A. Communication in Digital Societies

University of Passau    Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences

Full time April, October MA 4 semesters (2 years)
Communication & Media Studies (7) Computer Science (8)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the M.A. Communication in Digital Societies programme, tailored for graduates passionate about the evolving landscape of digital media and its societal impacts. This innovative course seamlessly blends theoretical insights with practical applications, equipping you with a diverse skill set essential for a successful career in academia or the digital and communications sectors. Delve into cutting-edge research projects, honing your expertise in computational methods and interdisciplinary digitalisation aspects. The structured curriculum offers a myriad of elective modules, allowing you to tailor your learning experience. Engage in creative endeavours through student clubs like KONNEX PR and, enhancing your practical skills. Upon completion, you'll be primed for a career in public relations, journalism, or market research. Fulfil your academic aspirations and professional goals with this forward-thinking programme. Are you ready to shape the future of communication in the digital age?

About the course

The M.A. Communication in Digital Societies programme allows you to engage in theoretical and application-oriented study simultaneously. Primarily intended for graduates from degree programmes with a focus on communication science, it is the right degree programme for you if you are interested in how the digital media are changing communication processes in the public realm and what consequences this might have for society at large. It takes social-scientific research with a special focus on computational methods and combines this with interdisciplinary aspects of digitalisation. As you progress through the programme, you will acquire a wide range of skills that give you the best preparation for your future career, be it in academic research or working in the digital or communications business sectors. You will have the opportunity to complete an internship during your degree programme, which will give you initial work experience and enable you to apply the knowledge you have gained.

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Entry Requirements

You are eligible if you have a university degree in communication studies, journalism or a related field with a media focus with a final grade of 2.5 or better or the relevant foreign equivalent grade; if you do not meet this requirement, you may still be eligible if you were among the best 50% of your cohort.

You must have gained at least 30 ECTS credits each in communication studies and social-scientific quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and/or statistics and/or have applied quantitative and qualitative social-scientific research methods in an empirical project for your dissertation.


106 euros per semester (student services contribution)

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Where is University of Passau


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Student Profiles

Felix Paßberger

The hands-on seminars particularly deliver on their promise and provide a welcome change from the theory-based lecture sessions. Especially in projects like producing our podcast 'Kodifiziert - The Prof Talk,' we can apply our acquired theoretical knowledge optimally, unleash our creativity in a very manageable group size, and contribute individual ideas.

Tamina Friedl

In our sessions, we almost always work at the cutting edge and engage with current developments in digitization. Working on our podcast 'Kodifiziert - The Prof Talk' is the most enjoyable, partly due to its practical relevance, but primarily because the atmosphere within our small cohort is great. Everyone can contribute with their individual strengths and is equally encouraged to do so. Furthermore, due to the small group size, the support from the instructors within the program is excellent.


With the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, the University of Passau supports highly gifted and motivated students with a good academic track record, who have shown dedication to social causes. Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities.

The stipend is 300 euros per month. Scholarships are awarded initially for one year, although the funding term is related to the standard duration of study. This scholarship is not means tested: the applicants' or their parents' income is not taken into account. The scholarship is paid on top of the BAföG student grants to scholarship holders who are BAföG recipients. The Deutschlandstipendium scholarship is intended to help students cover the costs associated with their degree studies. These funds are provided as a grant and are thus non-repayable.

At the University of Passau, the scholarships are awarded once a year, at the start of the winter semester. Scholarships are awarded subject to the availability of funds.

Selection criteria

- Your prior scholastic and professional achievements
- Periods of time spent studying or working abroad
- Extracurricular activities and causes for which you have volunteered
- Special achievements, awards and prizes won, particularly if they have academic relevance
- Any hurdles that you had to overcome in your educational background, such as coming from a migrant family
- Whether you are receiving a BAföG student grant

Value of Scholarship(s)

300€ per month


You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's programme at the University of Passau as a degree-seeking student or if you are currently applying for an undergraduate or master's degree programme here and intend to begin your studies in the upcoming semester.
Any current and past volunteering activities as well as the applicants' personal and family-related circumstances carry great significance for the selection process. The scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities, but not for exchange students and doctoral students.

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