We train the journalists of tomorrow – the “information pilots of the digital age”.
With its specific combination of theory and practice, the MA programme in Media and Digital Journalism is aimed at both young journalists and media makers with practical experience who decide to pursue an academic career. Whether online, moving image, audio or the classic print sector: Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Berlin offers students solid journalistic craft and practical testing for their professional future in digital media – all on the foundation of a structured university degree. And all this in a very special location: the media metropolis of Berlin. Through cooperation with broadcasters, media companies and other educational institutions, as well as the involvement of industry insiders, students are given a wide range of contact opportunities in the media industry. The courses in fundamentally small groups guarantee personal contact between students and teachers as well as intensive support and targeted mentoring. Last but not least, great importance is attached to the academic performance of the graduates. Numerous courses and, last but not least, the preparation of the Master’s thesis are committed to this goal.
Please note that the Master Programme Media and Digital Journalism at SFU Berlin is offered in German.
Winter semester 2021/22: 01 March 2021 – 30 September 2021
The formal prerequisite for admission to the Master’s programme in Media and Digital Journalism at the Faculty of Psychology in Berlin is proof of university entrance qualification through
- the completion of the Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism programme offered at the Faculty of Psychology at SFU; or
- a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from another recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution; or
- a Bachelor’s degree from another recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution with a social science, cultural studies, humanities or economics orientation. However, in order to be admitted to the Master Media and Digital Journalism degree programme, the faculty management, in consultation with the head of the Media and Digital Journalism degree programme, may impose conditions in these cases requiring the completion of additional subject-relevant courses from the Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism degree programme.
- Language skills: The Master’s programme Media and Digital Journalism in Berlin is conducted in German. If the native language of an applicant is not German, German language skills of at least level C1 (according to CEFR) are required for the degree programme in German. For all applicants, knowledge of English is also advantageous.
Procedure of the admission process
The admission procedure consists of the online application and the selection procedure. If the admission procedure is completed positively, a place on the course will be allocated subject to the availability of places.
If you are interested in an MA programme in Media and Digital Journalism, the following documents must be uploaded in the first step of the online application via the application tool:
- Proof of Bachelor’s degree
- Curriculum vitae
- proof of language skills (if applicable)
- Letter of motivation
The selection procedure consists of a review of the formal requirements necessary for the degree programme as well as the applicant’s competences necessary for the degree programme in an admission interview with the MA programme director Media and Digital Journalism, alternatively with a lecturer in the degree programme appointed by the programme director.
Programme Structure and Contents (incl. curriculum)
The curriculum of the Master’s programme consists of the following modules
- Theory and paradigms of audiovisual media
Advanced knowledge of the history and development of the respective medium.
- Editorial work in AV media
Professional immersion in practical work and the special challenges of radio, television and online media.
Intensive coaching and teaching of the psychological and rhetorical background of successful radio and TV moderation.
- Broadcasting technology and digitalisation
- Advanced knowledge of recording, broadcasting and production technology for radio, television and online media.
- Media economics
Advanced knowledge of business models and refinancing of programmes for radio, television and online media.
The knowledge and skills acquired during the degree programme are put into practice under real working conditions.
- Research Project | Final Thesis
Academic work is combined with practical work in a concrete project for the respective medium.
Curriculum Master-Studiengang Medien und Digitaljournalismus (pdf)
Qualification Profile and Competences
The first two semesters primarily serve to further deepen the education in media science and journalism fields. The students thus expand their already existing professional and methodological competences.
The acquisition of theory goes hand in hand with the practical testing of the knowledge to be acquired. The third semester provides for a work placement of at least 480 hours in a media company as part of the curriculum.
At the same time, preparation for the academic thesis begins in the third semester, and the Master’s thesis is then regularly carried out in the fourth semester.
The students are capable of independent academic work, they have sound professional knowledge and can also apply their academic expertise in practical professional contexts. They are able to lead teams at middle and higher levels.
Occupational Fields and Career Opportunities
The completion of the Master’s programme offers the basic prerequisite for further postgraduate training (dissertation) and thus a possible career in academia. First and foremost, however, graduates work in various fields in the media industry. The spectrum of possible fields of work is broad: it ranges from working in an editorial office, in market and media research, in film promotion or in the administration of a media company to self-employment, which is quite common in the media industry and is highly valued by many because of the freedom it offers.
Master Media and Digital Journalism, M.A. (4 semesters)
€ 3,500 per semester
Tuition fees are due at the beginning of each semester, after receipt of invoice. The total tuition fees are limited to the number of semesters of the standard study duration of 4 semesters.
Scholarships and Funding
For all questions concerning the financing of your studies, please contact the Student Service Centre in Berlin at:
Phone: +49 30 695 797 2810
Online information sessions “Studying Media & Digital Journalism”
Due to corona, the information events will take place online until further notice. Interested students are requested to register in person in advance. Appointments outside of these events are also possible by arrangement with the head of the Media and Digital Journalism programme, Prof. Dr. Detlef Gwosc. All information sessions are free of charge and non-binding. If you fill out the contact form with your desired date and send it, it will reach Prof. Dr. Gwosc directly.
- upcoming online information event (in German)
The study programme Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism was accredited by the the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2015. This means that the study programme has a quasi university TÜV.
All SFU Accreditation Reports are available on the website of SFU Vienna.
Study Service Centre Berlin MDJ
Phone +49(0)30 695 797 28-10
Opening hours: 8.30 am – 4 pm
Prof. Dr. Detlef Gwosc
Phone: +49 (0)30 695 797 28-14
Programme Coordinator MDJ
Radio Journalism and Moderation
Tel: +49 (0) 30 695 797 28-21
Anna Tramontin / Sassan Yassini
Studies Service Centre
Department: Media and Digital Journalism (BA/MA)
Tel.: + 49(0)30 695 797 28-14