New double degree master’s program in Global Communication and International Journalism

Program offered jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and Saint Petersburg State University – applications accepted until July 10, 2014

Jun 19, 2014

Kommunikation weltweit ist Thema des neuen Studiengangs.
The new degree program focuses on global communication. Image Credit: iStock

Starting in September 2014, Freie Universität Berlin and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Saint Petersburg State University are teaming up to offer a new double degree master’s program in Global Communication and International Journalism. The language of the program is English.

The four-semester program is designed to be interdisciplinary and research oriented. Students in the program will learn skills in transnational media development and international communication. The first and third semesters will be spent studying at Saint Petersburg State University, with the second semester at Freie Universität Berlin. Fourth-semester students can study either in Berlin or in Saint Petersburg, depending on the institutional affiliation of their thesis supervisors. Those who successfully complete the program will earn two Master of Arts degrees, one from Freie Universität Berlin and one from Saint Petersburg State University.

The master’s program in Global Communication and International Journalism attracts graduates with a BA level or higher academic degree in social sciences as well as humanities. The application and admissions processes will be organized in Saint Petersburg. Applications will be accepted until July 10, 2014.

Students in this master’s degree program will receive an academic education that is also geared toward real-world practice. They will acquire a deep understanding of communication theories and develop comprehensive knowledge in the field of international media and communication. Students will also learn to formulate their own research questions in the context of existing theories and fields of research. One particular area of focus within the program is international comparative theories and empirical approaches for considering structural changes in the media and society.

One of the program’s primary goals is to enable students to work professionally and independently at the international level. Students will analyze new technological developments in the media sector and their influence as well as the problems associated with the digitization of media communication. The goal is for students to develop critical judgment from various perspectives (political, economic, cultural, ethnic). The program aims to prepare students for a career in journalism or academia or to work in communication studies and media consulting, political and civic education, or intercultural communication.

This program is receiving support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).