Technical Communication, Master of Science
Technical Communication is an interdisciplinary course of study combining liberal arts with an engineering education and training. This course of study prepares transfer specialists who can present complex technical facts clearly, and appropriate for the target group and media.
Housed at a technology university, this course of study bridges the gap between the liberal arts and technological/scientific ways of thinking. In Germany, the Technical Communication course of study is unique in its focus and structure. It is strongly characterized by the technology orientation of the university and the integration of the Faculty of Philosophy in this context. The course includes a high percentage of engineering classes, combined with a focus on written communication and electronic media.
Students take two equally weighted subjects:
Communication Studies and one of these four technical subjects:
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
- Fundamentals of Materials Engineering
- Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
The Master course of study aims both at expanding subject area knowledge and methods from the Bachelor course of study, and education and training in specific subject-matter skills. In the technology subjects, students can select from specializations, and in the interdisciplinary Communication Studies they can set their own emphases. This allows the Master course of study to support the creation of individualized profiles.
The Technical Communication Master course of study is research-oriented. Students will learn to reflect on complex scholarly issues, how to obtain an overview of major subject-area issues, to quickly learn about new issues, to design solutions for problems and to apply these based on theories and models. Consequently, application-oriented perspectives are always integrated into the research-focused nature of the course of study.
The Master course of study is capped by a Master thesis in Communication Studies, which may also - at students' request - have an interdisciplinary topic.