The Master's programme Social Sciences: Organisation and Communication
Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Jochen Mayerl; Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald
Organisational communication and social contexts
The area of strategic organisations has an increasing need for professionals, who, in addition to business skills, also have a more in-depth understanding of societal development processes and political as well as economic decision-making mechanisms. Professional internal and external communication is becoming more and more important to ensure the transparency of organisational strategies and decisions. As a result, organisations require professionals, who are able to understand, describe and analyse social structures and organisational communication processes.
The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals in, for example, management and leadership positions who are regularly confronted with interdisciplinary issues in the area of social sciences and whose tasks include organisational communication.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the theories and methods applied in social sciences and organisational communication. Students learn to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and concepts concerning of internal and external organisational communication basend on sociopolitical interactions.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises nine compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Theories in social sciences,
- Methods of empirical social research,
- Theories and methods of organisational communication,
- Sustainability and responsible conduct in organisations,
- Communication as a management task,
- Public relations.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Social Sciences: Organisation and Communication has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once or twice per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. The written module examinations are also completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15-20 hours is required to study the material, complete the assignments (mail-in assignments), participate in the on-campus phases and the online tutorials, write an essay, conduct a field study and complete the Master's thesis.
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 990 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.
The online-based part of the aptitude test will take place from 26 March to 8 April 2020. For the verbal part of the aptitude test, two blocks of dates are offered: 8 to 19 June 2020 or 13 to 24 July 2020. Subject to change.
For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here or contact Karolina Toczynski (eignungspruefung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de).
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Jochen Mayerl (TU Chemnitz) and Prof. Dr. Natascha Zowislo-Grünewald (Bundeswehr University Munich).
The distance learning programme Social Sciences: Organisation and Communication is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is FIBAA.
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Karolina Toczynski B.A.
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.