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Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research | IRMA

Description of master's program

Addressing the major societal issues of a rapidly changingfuture in the context of digitalization while studying on an individual basis: this is what the unique master's program “Interdisciplinary Research Master | IRMA” offers.

Within the framework of the interdisciplinary two-year master's program “Interdisciplinary Master | IRMA”, students are largely free to design their own curriculum alongside their own research project, in the spirit of liberal education.

The master program offers an individual and goal-oriented course of study and as it is project-based, it can significantly shorten the time required for a doctorate afterwards.

Individual thematic focus and course structure of the master's program

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The IRMA master's program is designed for students with bachelor degrees in economics, sociology, cultural studies and philosophy, communication studies, and political and administrative sciences. It is particularly aimed at students with an interest in digitalization from a holistic perspective, who would like to work on a project basis and address the challenges of the future by looking at digitalization from a holistic perspective.

The new master's program creates the space to address scientific challenges in depth and to tackle big questions.

It enables students to think things through and implement an innovative research idea between economy, culture, and politics. Students also acquire skills that allow them to achieve scientific goals. The curriculum allows an individual interdisciplinary focus. This focus is always on the prerequisites and individual goal of each student.

Course facts and information

  • Qualification: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters (= 2 years)
  • Format: Non-consecutive
  • ECTS points: 120
  • Course language: German and English
  • Language skills: Good knowledge of English is necessary
  • Course begins: Fall semester (September)
  • Fees per semester: €5,490

Interested? Please note the language requirements

Although quite a few courses at ZU are offered in English, it is not possible to complete a degree program entirely in English. Language skills in English are preferred, while German is an absolute necessity. ZU requires very good proficiency in German language on C1 level for all degree-seeking applicants.

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Applicant Advisory & Admissions

Gröner, Alissa

Team of Applicant Advisory & Admissions

Phone: +49 7541 6009-2000

Do you have any questions about the study programs and the application process? Then please contact our applicant advisory service.


Interdisciplinary and research orientation of master's program

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The unique IRMA master's program creates space and time for self-directed studying. Through “explorative learning”, the program facilitates interdisciplinarity and sharpens analytical skills which provide a reflexive understanding of a rapidly changing time.

Tutors decide on interdisciplinary general topics that are close to the individual research project, so that the students have outstanding perspective on a doctoral project or an academic career.

Practical orientation and international employment prospects of the master's program

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The new IRMA master's program encourages students to adopt independent and interdisciplinary thinking to prepare them for a variety of work in science, business, administration, politics, and the cultural sector. In a changing world, strengths such as personal responsibility, flexibility, an open mind and creativity are more in demand than ever in the job market. This unique master program enables the development of individuality,interdisciplinarity and personal climate to nurture student’s potential in a way that allows them to best develop their great talents.

Team of Applicant Advisory & Admissions

Dierolf Nadine, Gröner Alissa, Wallace Birgit
Team Applicant Advisory & Admissions
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2000
Room:ZF Campus

Executive and Academic Program Director

Horky, Florian
Project coordinator for MWK-Project Explorative Learning 2.0
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1806
Room:FAB 3 | 1.25

Söffner, Jan Prof Dr
Vice President | Dean of Zeppelin University Bachelor College
Chair of Cultural Theory and Analysis
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1361
Room:FAB 3 | 1.47
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