Course content – Media and Digital Studies

On this page you can inform yourself about the curriculum of the Masters programme Media and Digital Studies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the contact points listed under "Contact and Counselling" and make use of the counselling services offered by the Graduate School.

Course structure


Since the Masters programme presented on this page is a German-language programme (with the exception of some seminars taught in English), the module overview is also presented in German.

Overview of Modules Master Media and Digital Cultures (M.A.) ©Leuphana
Overview of Modules Master Media and Digital Cultures (M.A.)

Elective modules

2nd Semester (2 x 5 CP)

  • Auditory Culture (5 CP)
  • Democracy and the public (5 CP)
  • Gender, Queerness, Bodies (5 CP)
  • Crises and Ruptures in a Global Context (5 CP)
  • Organization: Structure, Power, Economies (5 CP)
  • The arts in practice (5 CP)
  • Technology and Culture (5 CP)

3rd Semester (2 x 5 CP)

  • Digital Sound Cultures (5 CP)
  • Violence and Social Protest (5 CP)
  • Capitalist Dynamics and Social Change (5 CP)
  • Migration and Circulation (5 CP)
  • Organization: Space, Aesthetics, Materiality (5 CP)
  • Urban Culture and Space (5 CP)
  • Knowledge and Research in Digital Cultures (5 CP)

Subject-specific area

Core Modules

The four core modules (40 CP)  focus on the following subject areas:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Social Organisation
  • Aesthetics

The special feature here is to counter a cultural loss of order and orientation by focusing on fundamental historical, philosophical, aesthetic and social questions and to make the experience and knowledge of the disciplines involved fruitful for understanding digital cultures.


In the elective area (20 CP), 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.

Cultural Studies integration modules

The Cultural Studies integration modules (15 CP) connect students from all cultural studies Masters programmes at Leuphana and introduce them to the history and methodology of Cultural Studies as well as current debates in the field.

Master Thesis/Masters Forum

In the area Masters forum/Master thesis (30 CP), students are supported and accompanied in writing their Master thesis. The Masters Forum in Cultural Studies must be completed and the Master thesis must be written.

Complementary studies

The Complementary Studies are an essential part of the special teaching model of Leuphana. It supplements and expands students' subject-specific learning with the following three modules (5 CP each) with critical academic and practical perspectives from all faculties:

  1. Engaging with Knowledge and Sciences (in the 1st Semester)
  2. Reflecting on Research Methods (in the 2nd Semester)
  3. Connecting Science, Responsibility and Society (in the 3rd Semester)

Masters thesis

Generally, the master's thesis is written at the end of the degree programme. All the information about the master's thesis and how to organise your master's thesis in five steps has been compiled for you on the website Master's thesis.

In addition, helpful courses for writing the master's thesis are regularly offered as part of the GradSkills.

Study regulations/subject-specific schedule

The following link provides access to documents which set out the general conditions for examinations, an overview of the curriculum, as well as detailed and legally binding regulations.

General Assessment Regulations and the Subject-Specific Schedules

Course catalogue

In the course catalogue you can get an overview of the courses currently offered and their specific contents.

Contact and Counselling

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