Data and Discourse Studies

Master of Arts; tuition language: English

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Data and Discourse Studies, M.A. is an interdisciplinary course of studies in discourse analysis with a focus on research data. Discourse analysis deals with the relationship between language, knowledge and society. The focus is on combining language analysis with historical, sociological, philosophical or political science research. In addition, there is the close interlocking with digital and informatic approaches. A central point is the handling of research data, their processing and digital analysis. Research data in the humanities and social sciences are essentially spoken language and written texts. The course focuses on how these data are collected, organized, analyzed, and interpreted.

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Semesters 4
Language English. Individual courses/modules can be offered in German. Be prepared to read scientific literature in German, too..
Start of studies Winter semester recommended; summer semester possible without study guarantee
Internship Completing an internship or even several internships throughout the programme is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation.
Admission requirements 1. A degreeB.A. Politikwissenschaft , B.A. Soziologie , B.A. Geschichte mit Schwerpunkt Moderne oder B.A. Digital Philology or Joint Bachelor of Arts in the same fields of TU Darmstadt (reference programme) or an equivalent degree.

2. English at C1 (GER) level.

3. additional requirements:
Study regulations
Competences description.

4. Formal and language requirements for applicants with international qualifications.

See also: General information on applying to a master's degree programme .
Admission procedure Provided that the admission requirements (entrance examination) are met, there are no numerical admission restrictions.
Application Application deadlines and online application

Early application deadline for international applicants: The application portal TUCaN is already open for international applicants from 1st March 2024 to 31st August 2024 for an application for the winter semester 2024/25. This serves, for example, for the application for a visa or for submission to the Foreigners' Registration Office. More information can be found on our website.
Good to know Costs and budget
einfachsTUdieren : Pre-Courses, getting started
Preparatory courses for international students
Study Abroad
Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies
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Alumni careers

Under the conditions of Big Data, Discourse Analysts are important complementary figures to Data Scientists, especially in commercial enterprises. The career opportunities for graduates are correspondingly positive in all occupational fields in which data is not only processed computationally, but also prepared linguistically in a target group-oriented manner, e.g. for strategy papers, reports, background dossiers or company reports. In concrete terms, the degree programme qualifies students for future occupations such as data journalism, marketing, market research, public relations, management consulting and corporate communications.

For this reason it is important to start early in the degree program to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.

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