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This M.A. program qualifies students for decision-making positions in the datafied society

The program offers methods training, hands-on research seminars with professors and a wide range of practise-focused courses with partners from the media industry and business.

The M.A. Digital Media and Society (DMS) is an interdisciplinary programme focusing on the digitalisation and datafication of contemporary societies. Digital media and data today are deeply integrated into our daily and professional lives. As part of these processes, the role of media and communication devices, and what we actually understand by media and communication is profoundly changing. The DMS program is situated at the leading edge of these developments, including strong research and media practice elements. It qualifies students for decision-making positions in a datafied society. Our alumni today shape the digital transformation in the media and tech industries, and work in various capacities within businesses, NGOs and governmental institutions.

Quick Info

  • Title on graduation: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Teaching language: English
  • Fees: No tuition fees, only administration fees
  • Program duration: 2 years (full time)
  • Program start: Early October
  • Application period: February 01 – March 15

Program profile


The M.A. Digital Media and Society is interdisciplinary at its core. The faculty consists of professors and postdocs ranging from media and communication and cultural studies, to computer science, education, film studies, history, and religious studies. This diversity enables the program to provide a holistic perspective on digitalisation and datafication processes and their multiple impacts on social life. Students also have the opportunity to attend courses in other M.A. programs as part of their education.

Research Focus and Methods Training

Students of the M.A. Digital Media and Society receive intense research methodology education with a hands-on approach along with theoretical input. The curriculum aims to enhance students’ competencies in both qualitative and quantitative methods. In a full-year research seminar students develop and work on their own research projects in small groups with tight supervision by professors.

Career Training

The M.A. Digital Media and Society qualifies students for decision-making positions in a datafied society. Already during your M.A. we support your career with internships and media practice courses being part of the program. Students build professional experience, form networks for their future professional life, and develop their practical skills to be used for individual or organisational purposes. Our former students today shape the digital transformation in the media and tech industries, and work in various capacities within businesses, NGOs and governmental institutions.


High level mentoring and supervision is a top priority for us. The DMS includes a mentorship program: each student is mentored by a professor who offers regular one-on-one conversations and accompanies the student throughout the program. The mentorship program aims to ensure that students have spaces and opportunities to articulate individual and educational problems and questions, in order to mitigate negative impact on their educational careers. Mentors also advise students regarding broader aspects of education and career trajectories.

Program Structure

The M.A. in Digital Media and Society is a 2-year full-time program. We encourage students to integrate a semester abroad or an internship into their studies. 

The first semester serves to deepen knowledge in the field of digital media and the datafied society in particular. It also offers initial orientation in the area of digital media practice, which can be further developed in the following semesters. The goal of this semester is to develop a shared conceptual understanding and apparatus.

The focus of the second semester is on (digital) methods. Not only is the methods-training module localized in this semester, but also the beginning of the two-semester research seminar with the development of an empirical student project. Parallel to this, the second semester serves to explore other areas of digital societies in depth, with particular emphasis on questions arising from processes of deep mediatization and datafication.

The central focus of the third semester is on research practice. While students conduct the data collection and analysis as part of their research seminar; they also work on an independent study project. At the same time, there is an in-depth study of digital literacy. In addition, the media practical elements take place in this semester and, if applicable, the voluntary media-practice internship can be undertaken in this semester. Students build up and deepen contacts with companies and institutions that qualify as potential employers. The goal is to facilitate swift entry into professional life after graduation.

The fourth semester has a targeted focus on completing the program, i.e. on writing the master’s thesis and preparing for its defense.

Admissions and Fees


Admission to the M.A. program requires a BA with substantial elements of communication and media studies, and English language skills at C1 level.

More details: Admission Regulations


No tuition fees.

There is an administrative fee of €400 per semester, which already includes a flat rate ticket for public transport in the greater region.

Application Procedure

Application via http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/master.html between February 01 and March 15 for in-take in the next academic year (starting early October). In addition to formal certificates, we ask you to submit a motivation letter written in English (max. 2 pages) that articulates why you wish to be admitted to the M.A. Digital Media and Society in Bremen.


International Profile and Students

The M.A. program Digital Media and Society has a strong international profile. The vast majority of our students is international, with currently more than 25 origin countries and all continents represented. The program is fully taught in English. The Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) hosting the program provides a highly international research context for your studies.

International Study Exchange

Our students have plenty of opportunities to integrate a study period abroad during this M.A. program. We have partnerships with dozens of universities in Europe and beyond, ranging from Aarhus to Barcelona, and from Istanbul to Zurich. In addition, students from these partner universities routinely enjoy study periods with us in Bremen adding even more to the international culture of the study program.

More info on International Study Exchange

Study Program Team

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach (Program Director)
  • Dr. Dennis Redeker (Program Advisor)
  • Selim Başoğlu (Student Consultant)
  • Janina Fadil-Kerstein (Administration)