Media and Area Studies (MARS)

Media and Area Studies (MARS)

The programme brings together Media Studies and Area Studies. This combination provides in-depth and critical knowledge about processes of mediation and signification, and how space and geography, the political and social specificities of an area, intersect with them. Thus, the programme enables a thorough understanding of the role of context. Regions are not internally homogeneous, and they cannot be studied in isolation. Regions should be considered as particular socio-political and cultural entities with characterizing but complex, and sometimes contradictory, particularities. These particularities are extremely significant for the study of media spheres embedded in these regions. The theoretical-methodological background of the programme consists of a combination of post-colonial theory, media sociology, memory studies and political geography. MARS programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (ICSJ) and the Institute of International Studies (IIS).

Application submission deadlines

The applications deadline for the academic year 2020/2021 has now been extended!

Early-bird term for the application: 30. 06. 2020
The early-bird term is strongly recommended for visa-seeking students. Please be aware that it is the student's responsibility to obtain a visa before enrolling in the program.

Application submission deadline: 31. 08. 2020

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: doc. Nico Carpentier, Ph.D. (

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Jan Miessler (

Admission Administration:

Tuition Fee: 3 000 EUR per year for students from the EU and EEA countries
                      6 000 EUR per year for students from other countries

Reduction or Waiving the Fee: The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a set of scholarships and fee reductions. Conditions and terms can be found here.

Documents for Application: see the instruction via online application above

Study Prerequisites: The programme is open to students who have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with an active interest in media, communication and politics.

Programme Structure: For the preliminary course structure of the programme, please see the programme website above.