5 Good Reasons to study at the IJK

1. The right mixture of theory, research and practical experience

The Department of Journalism and Communication Research values the combination of scientific research and practical experience and encourages students to draw upon these properties in preparation for different careers, on an executive level, in the media business. The media manager or media practitioners of the future learn the structure and effects of mass media communication. A variety of courses on economical aspects, the various media systems, the audience and the advertising market equip students with tools to research the communication process. Statistics and scientific method are an important part of the curriculum.

The Department also wins praise from external experts for its combination of scientific research and practical application: The study programs at The Department of Journalism and Communication Research „prepare students comprehensively, through the highly qualified teaching staff and the ideal circumstances for supervision, for a variety of careers in the media“. (Extract from the accreditation evaluation report from ZEvA)

2. No Academic Elitism

The Department maintains a continual dialogue with the media branch to allow students to put the knowledge gained to use. Students of the bachelor program are required to complete two eight week internships and this is made easy with a pool of over 70 high ranking companies that regularly offer internships for students of the department. The intensive educational infrastructure with courses made up of small groups of students and the close integration of students in research projects provide additional management competence.

"Media Management in Hanover is still the only study program that equips students with a complete picture of the communication process where applied communication research is founded on a solid theoretical and practical base. A small and select group of students are comprehensively prepared for careers in the media or communication industry."
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schönbach, Director of The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and founder of The Department

3. International Orientation

Study time abroad is a highly valued part of the department’s program. It is one of the first educational institutions in Germany to change over to the internationally accepted titles of bachelor and master with the European standard system of bonus points with an ECTS-Certificate. Apart from internships at international companies the department has cooperation programs and stays in close contact with over 18 partner universities worldwide giving the students ample chance to broaden their horizons. Excursions to companies and institutions throughout Europe are also planned regularly.

4. At the Pulse of Research

The department values scientifically founded research. The empirical work within the scientific research community reflects these values. With more than twenty scientific research projects being conducted since 1993 with results being published in over 30 books, either as author or as editor, approx. 50 articles and 90 book chapters. The students are directly integrated into the research process through seminars or projects.

"The Department of Journalism and Communication Research distinguishes itself through its excellence of education and research. It is hard to find an institution within the German communication research field that can compare, where unfortunately, ‘the masses instead of excellence’ are usually the rule.”
Prof. Dr. Romy Fröhlich, Professor of Communication Research at the LMU Munich, Chairwoman of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) from 2002 to 2006.

5. Best Grade – Top Positions in University Ranking and from Graduates

The Bachelor Program Media Management of the Department of Journalism and Communication Research of the Hanover University of Music and Drama received best grades in the University Ranking study published by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE). The department was evaluated by both the CHE-study and its student body as one of the best in the areas of organisation, practical application and supervision as well as having a leading reputation among professors throughout Germany. Such a high rating was only given to three communication research programs of German Universities (Munster, Erfurt and Hanover) of the 37 evaluated. The program was also considered to be the best study program of all at Hanover Universities – so to say, the academic advertisement for the city of Hanover.

Detailed information to the CHE-Ranking can be found at http://www.zeit.de/studium or http://www.che.de.

Graduates of the department work, mostly as executives, for media companies, publishing houses, market or opinion research companies, and advertising or public relations agencies or have founded their own companies.



Last modified: 2017-09-17

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