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Media, Ethics, and Religion (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

"Media producers build bridges in today's world. They tell tales of love and death, hate and sorrow, dreams and boredom, justice and injustice in the global community. Journalists communicate different philosophies, attitudes and religions. They are modern prophets. They bring healing through understanding." (Prof. Johanna Haberer)

In this degree programme, students are taught a broad range of analytical and practical skills. The degree programme is aimed at future journalists and other media professionals who want to report on religious and social topics or work in public relations at non-profit organisations. Students learn to take ethical responsibility as journalists in mass media or at media regulation bodies. They can work in any area where religion and mass media meet, and may also pursue a career in teaching.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

In principle, all applicants with a Bachelor's degree in the humanities and social sciences are eligible for this Master's degree programme. Students with a business and economics or law degree may also be admitted in exceptional cases.

If you are interested in this degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

Module: Foundations of communication science or media studies

  • Lecture: Foundations of communication science or media studies
  • Seminar: Methods of empirical communication science or foundations of media studies

or specialisation in communication science or media studies (depending on previous studies)*

  • Lecture or seminar: two to be selected from either communication science or media studies

*chosen after consultation with the subject advisors

Media ethics)

  • Lecture: Foundations of ethics (theology or philosophy)
  • Seminar Foundations of media ethics

Media studies, journalism and public relations

  • Seminar: Media studies
  • Seminar: Foundations of journalism and introduction to journalistic methods or representation
  • Seminar: Foundations of public relations theory and public relations project
  • Seminar: Media economics and media law

2nd semester

Practical module I

  • Supervised four-week media placement including preparation and follow-up sessions

Advanced media studies and journalism (theory and practice)

  • Seminar: Print journalism**
  • Seminar: Books and publishing**
  • Seminar: Radio journalism**
  • Seminar: Online journalism**
  • Seminar: Television journalism**

Foundations of theological and religious studies

  • Seminar: Foundations of theology for non-theologians
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to the Old Testament***
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to the New Testament***
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to church history***
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to systematics***
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to practical theology***
  • Lecture or seminar: Introduction to religious studies***


  • Focus module: Theology****

**You must choose two seminars from the four areas of print, radio, online journalism or books and publishing. The seminar in television journalism is compulsory.

***Three of the six theology subjects must be chosen

****Modules can be chosen from the advanced modules in the Magister Theologiae programme.

3rd semester

Practical module II

  • Supervised eight-week media placement including preparation and follow-up sessions

Module: Religion and media

  • Seminar: Religion and media
  • Lecture or seminar (alternating): Foundations of Christian journalism
  • Seminar: Religion and media, including an excursion (several days) to media centres in Germany or abroad

Module: Media ethics in theory and practice

  • Seminar: Media ethics in theory and practice (project seminar)
  • Seminar: Media ethics in theory and practice (oral examination)
  • Seminar: Media ethics in theory and practice (written assignment)

4th semester

Master's Thesis module

  • Master's thesis
  • Master's thesis oral examination

Frequently asked questions about the degree programme:

Previous knowledge in journalism and PR is generally advised but this is not compulsory. Furthermore, you should show commitment in social and religious areas. You do not have to belong to a specific faith.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the degree programme you should have a good undergraduate degree (grade 2.5 or better), preferably in the humanities, law or business and economics. Applicants must complete the qualification assessment process. After a successful written application they are invited to an interview which determines whether they are admitted to the degree programme.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Qualification assessment
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology