Master's Programme Media, Society and Communication

Curriculum (2023W)

Master of Arts

4 semesters/120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree/equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Level of qualification
Master (2nd study cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0312 Political Sciences and Civics

Study code
UC 066 579

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master's degree in Media, Society and Communication will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master's programme Media, Society and Communication, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2023W currently applies to the Master's programme Media, Society and Communication.

Information on the Curriculum (2023W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of media and communication theories
  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of methods in empirical social research
  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of digital communication
  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of current discourse in media and communication studies
  • 10 ECTS-Credits from the core area of social communication and medial change

It is recommended for students of the Bachelor’s programme at the University of Innsbruck to complete the Minor or courses from the Minor “Media and Communication”.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

5 ECTS-Credits: VU Emerging Media and current Discourses
5 ECTS-Credits: VO Media Dynamics and Sustainability
5 ECTS-Credits: VO Digital Democracy and Society
5 ECTS-Credits: VO Theory and Methodology
5 ECTS-Credits: SE Advanced qualitative methods
5 ECTS-Credits: SE Advanced quantitative methods

5 ECTS-Credits: VU Platforms and Communication
5 ECTS-Credits: SE Data: Analysis and Interpretation
20 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)

5 ECTS-Credits: VU Ethics and Governance
5 ECTS-Credits: SE Data: Critical Analysis
10 ECTS-Credits: SE Research Project
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)
2,5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis

2,5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)
25 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2,5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Studienverlauf MA Media, Society and Communication EN

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 51.6= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 34.6
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 10.4
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 3.4
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15

Associate Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Viorela Dan

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelmus Johannes Gerardus Uunk

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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