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About the program

This program prepares students to become the new generation communicators, building solution-oriented professionals that are able to deal with the complex landscape of the current and future media environment.

Welcome to the Master of Arts Media and Public Engagement at the University of Bremen, this is a two-year, full-time program, where we equip students to navigate the dynamic intersection of media, communication, and societal change. In an era defined by pressing global challenges like climate change, political conflicts, and demographic shifts, effective communication and constructive engagement are paramount. Our program is designed to meet the demands of this evolving landscape, offering a unique blend of theoretical depth and practical skill-building.

Our commitment to MPE students

At the Media and Public Engagement Master’s Program, we are committed to preparing the next generation of media professionals to tackle the challenges of tomorrow with creativity, integrity, and innovation. Join us in shaping the future of media and communication for positive social change.

Quick Infos

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

Program Focus

At the core of our program lies a commitment to addressing contemporary challenges through meaningful communication strategies. We recognize the transformative power of media in shaping public discourse and aim to empower our students to become agents of positive social change. Whether you aspire to work in traditional journalism, innovative start-ups, political consulting, or public authorities, our curriculum is tailored to prepare you for the diverse demands of the modern media landscape.

Thematic Emphasis

Our program emphasizes the importance of ethical communication practices and understanding political communication dynamics amidst the rise of digital platforms and social media. We delve into topics such as design justice in media technologies and the role of diverse perspectives in shaping media narratives. Through a combination of theoretical exploration and hands-on experience, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of contemporary media environments.

Methodological Approach

From empirical research to digital methods, our curriculum equips students with the tools they need to conduct rigorous analysis and drive impactful change. With a focus on independent project work, students have the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios, preparing them for a wide range of professional endeavours.


Interdisciplinary Engagement

We believe in the power of interdisciplinary learning and the importance of cultural studies in understanding media’s role in society. Our program encourages students to explore diverse perspectives and engage critically with complex issues, fostering a deeper understanding of the role media plays in shaping our world.

Practical Engagement

In addition to theoretical coursework, our program emphasizes practical skills development through constructive communication, project management, and collaboration in mixed teams. Through internships and industry connections, students gain invaluable hands-on experience and forge meaningful connections within the professional field.

Program Structure

The program consists of 120 CP, and it is designed to accept 24 students per year at the beginning of the winter semester. The start of the Master’s program is scheduled for the winter semester 2024/25. 

The degree program comprises a total of 11 modules.

Further organization and support

Modularized Course Structure

Our program is structured into modules, ensuring clarity and coherence in your studies. Modules typically consist of 3 credit points (CP), with a minimum of 5 CP per module. 

Each credit point represents approximately 30 hours of work. For instance, a 12 CP module in the core area requires around 360 hours, while a 9 CP module in the supplementary area requires about 270 hours.

You’ll earn a total of 120 credit points, with 93 CP from courses and 27 CP from your final thesis. On average, you’ll complete about 30 CP per semester within the standard 4-semester duration of the program.

Study Support

Receive guidance from our interdisciplinary advisory team at the Central Student Advisory Service.

Get personalized support from program lecturers and mentors, including assistance with studying abroad and internships.

Quality Assurance

Faculty engage in ongoing development and training to ensure high-quality teaching.

Regular feedback mechanisms, such as course evaluations and “Teaching Days,” help improve teaching standards.

The Study Committee oversees program development and quality assurance efforts, ensuring a top-notch educational experience.

Career Opportunities

The M. A. Media and Public Engagement is aimed at national and international students who aspire to media-related professions with a view to (positive) social change. Graduates can pursue careers in various fields, including:

  • Media organizations and companies:
    • Traditional journalism
    • New start-ups (e.g., pioneer journalism)
  • Communication departments of:
    • Associations
    • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
    • Think tanks
  • Political consulting firms
  • Public authorities
  • Political parties
  • Other social institutions
Admission Requirements and Application

Admission Requirements

a) A first university degree in one of the following courses of study:

  • Communication and Media Studies,
  • Cultural Studies,
  • Digital media,

or in a course of study which does not reveal any significant differences in content, scope and requirements to those mentioned above, with course and examination work allocated at least 180 credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), or course and examination work not revealing any significant differences in contents to such.

b) Evidence of having earned at least 40 CP in Communication and Media Studies in the previous course of study at the time of application. In particular, proof of subject-specific knowledge in communication and media studies must be furnished, firstly in the field of communication and media studies methodological training, secondly in the field of communicator / journalism / content-research and thirdly in the field of use/appropriation/reception/effect research.

c) English language skills at least equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof is also deemed to be furnished if applicants obtained their higher education entrance qualification or their last university degree in English.

d)  A letter of motivation (maximum three pages) in English, giving reasons for having a particular interest in the Master’s programme “Media and Public Engagement” and containing information on the following points:

  • Description of previous courses in communication and media studies and, if applicable, research experience;- Description of previous professional experience;
  • Reasons for interest in the profile of the Master’s programme “Media and Public Engagement”;
  • Reasons for interest in the profile of the research environment of the Master’s programme “Media and Public Engagement”;
  • Explanation of personal interest in studying the Master’s programme “Media and Public Engagement”;
  • Description of the desired vocational orientation.


Application information can be found on the web page of the University of Bremen

Applications via moin.uni-bremen.de


M. A. Media and Public Engagement official email: mampe@uni-bremen.de

Study program team

  • Program coordinator Prof. Dr. Cornelius Puschmann (puschmann@uni-bremen.de)
  • Program advisor Yuru Li (liyuru@uni-bremen.de)
  • Student advisor Andrea S. Roca
  • Administration Janina Fadil.Kerstein