Contemporary History and Media (Master)

Decorative Picture

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Based on contemporary developments and case studies of international and national media of the 20th and 21st centuries, the master’s programme in Contemporary History and Media at the University of Vienna aims at introducing students to a theoretical and application-oriented academic approach to a broad and applicable media competence.  It also takes into account impact research (impact on political decision processes, public social debates, etc.).

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 665

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to the Key Aspects of Theories and History of Media
  • Introduction to Research, Research Design and Methods
  • Empirical Research and Presentation
  • Electives: Special Topics: Contemporary History and Media
  • Master's Seminar
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Master’s Examination

Students have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas:

  • Mass media and communication science
  • Political science
  • European ethnology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre, film and media studies
  • Jewish studies

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Science journalism
  • Museology
  • Analysis of images
  • Media technology
  • Interpretation of artefacts

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    Graduates of this master’s programme can pursue a career in the following occupational areas:

    • research-led culture journalism and science journalism
    • public history
    • applied museology
    • project management
    • consulting in politics and media, etc.

    The master’s programme in Contemporary History and Media places great emphasis on teaching contemporary, cultural and social scientific approaches. In addition, the master’s programme prepares students for doctoral studies.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

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    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

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