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International Technical Communication

At a glance


  • Programme title

    International Technical Communication
  • Faculty

  • Starts in

    summer semester
  • winter semester
  • Duration

    3 semesters
  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

    Deutsch & Englisch
  • Restricted admission

  • Accreditation

    by AQAS

5 good reasons

  • Use our flexible options for studying online

  • Study full time or part time (next to your job for example)

  • Use state-of-the-art software to study and research

  • Use our usability lab

  • Work on projects for actual customers

It's a match if

  • Your German skills are very good

  • Your English skills are very good

  • You have job experience as a translator or a technical writer, or

  • you have a bachelor’s degree from a related field

  • You want both, theory and practice

What it’s about

Industry and businesses are more international than ever before now. As a result, communication is multi-lingual: manuals, descriptions, glossaries, subtitles, data bases, websites and other forms of technical documentation. In this master’s degree programme, you’ll build on what you have learned in your bachelor’s, so that in the end your texts will be perfect in terms of content, style and form. They will be theoretically sound and tested in practice.

Course structure & majors

The duration of your studies depends on you: Is your bachelor’s degree made up of 210 CP and you want to study full time? Then plan for three semesters. You can also study next to your job or while caring for your family, in that case your studies will take longer. Contact us to talk about the details.

Whether you want to study full time or part time, online or on campus, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the four dimensions of communication over the course of your studies:

  • technical content,
  • linguistic form,
  • technical medium,
  • work processes.

You’ll gain insights into research on technical language, terminology and translation studies and you will apply what you learn throughout your studies: in projects, with state-of-the-art software and in our usability lab. You can use eye tracking systems to find out whether people understand the websites and apps they’re using.

In the last semester of your studies you will write your master’s thesis.

Future prospects

You want to continue your studies?

Your master’s degree qualifies you to pursue a doctorate. So if you want to continue to work in academia, you’ll be well prepared.

You want to work?

Your degree qualifies you for jobs in a variety of fields – there is almost no sector that can work without multilingual documentation and communication. This is also reflected by the answers our graduates gave in surveys on their careers: More than 85% of them had found a job within three months of graduating.

You’ll find jobs in a number of fields:

  • Mechanical engineering and the automotive industry
  • chemical industry
  • Banks and insurance providers
  • aerospace manufacturers
  • Software development, documentation and communication

You’ll work in a range of positions, all of them connected to communication of course:

  • technical writer
  • technical translator
  • terminologist
  • software localiser

How do I apply?

Admission to the master’s degree programme is regulated by the official Study and Examinations Regulations. You can find the most important requirements for admission below.

Admission requirements for our master’s programme in International Technical Communication:

  • A bachelor’s degree or a German Diplom in International Technical Communication, or
  • A bachelor’s degree or a German Diplom from a related course of study, and
  • Proof of high level English language proficiency (C2), and
  • If you are a non-native speaker, you need to have high level German language proficiency (native speaker level, cf. level C 2).

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