M.Sc. Applied Cognitive and Media Science

Study period

4 semesters (2 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Duisburg




The Applied Cognitive and Media Science degree programme is modern and has an interdisciplinary orientation. From the perspective of computer science and psychology, broad competences in the areas of new media and human-computer interaction are taught. The overall conception of the degree programmes take into account the fact that digital, interactive media and internet applications are of considerable and constantly growing importance for basically all areas of society and economy, and that knowledge of psychological mechanisms is an essential basis for well-founded technological (design) decisions. Successful professional action in these fields requires a spectrum of competences, which the interdisciplinary orientation of both the Bachelor's and the Master's degree programme takes into account.

The Master's programme comprises four semesters and includes courses in the fields of psychology, computer science and business administration. One of three possible specialisations can be chosen. In the specialisation in psychology, the majority of modules deal with the findings and methods of psychological research that are relevant to the design of digital media. The computer science specialisation is predominantly made up of modules that deal with the computer science-based implementation of interactive applications that are used by humans. The Social Media & Professional Communication specialisation includes further modules that focus on aspects of computer-mediated communication, among other things. In addition, there are business administration courses, research projects and the Master's thesis.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

You can find the examination regulations for your study program here: Examination regulations according to study programs

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB:

Profile Computer Science Graphic illustration
Profile Psychology Graphic illustration
Social Media and Professional Communication Graphic illustration

Information material

Prospective students will find an overview of the study program here as well as some frequently asked questions.

Current information on exams, practical and research project selection and other relevant topics can be found here.

Further information on the Master of Applied Cognitive and Media Sciences can be found at: Master Program Komedia.

Study plan as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB:


Admission requirements

  • Completion of the Bachelor's program "Applied Cognitive and Media Science" at the University of Duisburg-Essen or an equivalent degree; the Bachelor's degree grade must be at least "good" (2.5) or better.


  • Information on admission to this master's program can be found under Komedia Master Admission Requirements.
  • Prospective students from non-EU countries apply via the application portal of the International Office by 15.07. for the winter semester and by 15.03. for the summer semester.

Language Skills

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German (except in the English-language programs). Therefore, you must have good German language skills if you want to study successfully. The majority of foreign applicants must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level; with some exceptions) before beginning their studies.

  • German nationals (persons who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad) do not require any special proof of German language skills.
  • Citizens of an EU member state (and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or German citizens with a foreign educational qualification, as well as
  • Citizens of a country outside the EU with a foreign university entrance qualification must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level) or the TestDaF (TDN 4) before the begin of their studies.

Information on the German Language Test for University Entrance (DSH)

Additional language skills

Individual courses may be held in English and in the vast majority of courses the underlying literature is written in English. Knowledge of English is therefore expected.

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.

Graduate Patrizia RingStudent testimonials

"I decided to study Komedia because I was interested in the mix of psychology, computer science and business administration and the resulting application focus. Like most students, I was particularly interested in one of the two profiles (psychology or computer science) and was then able to deepen it in the master's program. Both profiles are taught in a very solid way, but this can also be associated with challenges if you are not comfortable with individual areas. However, the many freedoms offered by an interdisciplinary degree program also mean that it is worth giving careful thought to the direction you would like to take later on, before graduating. Internships are therefore - even if they are not mandatory - very useful and helpful."

Introduction of the institutes

Representing the diverse chairs from Computer Science, Psychology and Business Administration that you can get to know in the course of your studies, in the following two videos the chair of the examination board (Prof. Dr. Daniel Bodemer) and the deputy chair (Prof. Dr. Maic Masuch) introduce you to teaching and research in their fields and welcome you to the University of Duisburg-Essen!


You have questions? We have answers!

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students Student advisory service

SG 119
Geibelstr. 41
47057 Duisburg
Phone: +49 (0)203 379 3776
E-mail: scies@uni-due.de


Student council Applied Cognitive and Media Science

We are your point of contact! If you have questions about your studies or general concerns about us or our lecturers, you can contact us. We will solve your problems and answer your questions directly if possible or forward you to the right people. Just write us an email (fsr-komedia@uni-due.de) or on Facebook or Instagram or join our Moodle-course!

Website of the student council

For prospective students and enrolled students General student counseling

ABZ offers counseling to prospective students, enrolled students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study program, studies and the transition into working career.

ABZ student counseling

Support in the Faculty

Jule Krüger, M.Sc. (Studiengangkoordination)
Room LE 616, Tel. 0203/379-4143
Office hours: by appointment

Dr. Werner Otten (Informatik)
Room LF 252, Tel. 0203/379-3559
Office hours: by appointment

Dr. Wanja von der Goltz (Betriebswirtschaftslehre)
Dekanat Mercator School of Management
Room LB 024, Tel. 0203/379-1793
Office hours: by appointment

Ditmar Schädel (Bildende Kunst und Gestaltung)
Room LC 121, Tel. 0203/379-2827
Office hours: Mo 12 - 13pm

Contact person for stays abroad/ERASMUS

Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer (Sozialpsychologie)
Room LE, 216, Tel. 0203/379-2482
Office hours: by appointment per mail

Board of examiners