Media and Digital Studies

Masters Programme

Although we already live in "digital cultures", their dynamics and implications are some of the least understood phenomena in our society. The degree programme therefore focuses on the way in which digital media – often independently of human sense-making – exercise the power to generate culture in all areas of life. Students will learn how to explore and critically to engage with the complex present and future challenges this creates in a rigorous, considered, methodical and unprejudiced way. You will learn historical, philosophical, aesthetic and societal approaches that allow you intellectually and critically to engage with and act within digital cultures. The programme thus enables students to grapple with the key questions in all areas in which digitisation itself only ever offers answers.

Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Claus Pias
View of the central building with people walking towards and away from it. ©Leuphana/Jannis Muser
Master's programme Media and Digital Cultures at Leuphana Graduate School.

Introduction in short

The programme comprises modules in four different areas: core modules, electives, cultural studies integration and Complementary Studies.

The core modules focus on the following areas:

  • Aesthetics
  • History,
  • Philosophy, and
  • The social organization of digital cultures

Alongside these core modules, students can choose from a wide range of electives run jointly by the various Masters programmes at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Electives add an interdisciplinary element to the field of digital cultures. The following electives are offered:

  • Auditory Culture
  • Democracy and the Public
  • Digital Sound Cultures
  • Gender, Queerness, Bodies
  • Migration and Circulation
  • Organization: Space, Aesthetics, Materiality
  • Organization: Structure, Power, Economies
  • The Arts in Practice
  • Technology and Culture
  • Urban Culture and Space
  • Knowledge and Research in Digital Cultures

Students also take modules in two more areas that complement the core modules and electives. The first is cultural studies integration, in which students learn about the history of and methods and current debates in the field of cultural studies together with fellow students from other Masters programmes at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. The second is Complementary Studies, in which students move beyond their immediate field of study to expand their understanding of today's key challenges for culture and society through interdisciplinary exchange with students from all Masters programmes. The aim is to give students an understanding of knowledge, science and research in context and to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Together, the four components above prepare students for the research-based Masters dissertation and the Masters forum, the colloquium at which students present and discuss their dissertations.

Curriculum and Subject-specific Schedule

Admission requirements & Application

You can find all information about the admission requirements, the application and the selection procedure on our "Apply" page.

Impressions of the programme

At a Glance

Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Arts, MA
Application deadline: 1 June
Type of programme: academic prerequisites
Study Places: 25
Start date: Every win­ter term, Oc­to­ber
Extent: 120 ECTS
Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
Language: German, some electives in English
Location: Lüne­burg
Contribution per semester: 360 EUR *

*sub­ject to chan­ge


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