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Bachelor of Arts in Medical Journalism and Public Relations (BA)

In principle, the students must fulfil the requirements for “Admission to Degree Programmes” stipulated in section 63 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002), i.e. they must be in possession of a “General University Entrance Qualification”, a “European general university entrance qualification” or an “equivalent qualification” in accordance with section 64 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002) (e.g. German Abitur, International Baccalaureate).

The implemented admission procedure does not focus merely on the grade of the general university entrance qualification, but also takes into account a range of other factors, in the form of a so-called “Matura plus concept” (the Matura is the name of the secondary school leaving certificate and matriculation exam in Austria and several other European countries, comparable to the Abitur in Germany, A-levels in the United Kingdom or Baccalauréat in France) The objective of the admission procedure is to identify talented and motivated young prospective students. They should be willing to and be capable of subjecting themselves to professional training and education, and of developing their imagination and creativity. Prospective students from abroad are granted equal opportunities. The admission procedure occurs in several phases based on the principle of arbitrary discretionary decisions.

Phase 1:
Submission of Application Documents

  • Preliminary application form
  • Curriculum vitae with passport photo
  • Motivation form (A4 page)
  • Certified copy of the general university entrance qualification (for the general verification of the fulfilment of the admission requirements in accordance with section 63 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002))*
  • Certificate of participation for an eight-week internship in the field of journalism/public relations

* If the general university entrance qualification exam has not yet been completed, the certificate should be submitted as soon as possible. Until such a time, the final grade certificate and report of the previous year should be sent in advance.

Phase 2:
Following the positive assessment of the application documents, prospective students will be invited to the DPU to sit a written admission test (single choice) and undergo a personal interview (assessment of the discipline-specific, social and communicative competencies).

Phase 3:
Once the admission procedure has been completed, a ranking of the candidates who have been admitted to the programme on the basis of the results will be published by the Academic Director of the programme.

Master of Arts in Medical Journalism and Public Relations (MA)

The Master of Arts in Medical Journalism and Public Relations is subject to an admission procedure (please refer to the Bachelor programme).

The requirement for admission to the Master’s programme is a Bachelor’s degree (grade point average better than 2.3) in a relevant consecutive undergraduate degree in communications/medical journalism majoring in medicine/healthcare/biology or a corresponding recognized university degree.

Other acceptable admission requirements to this Master of Arts programme are the successful completion of a relevant degree course in the “life sciences” (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biology, biochemistry, public health) with demonstrated journalistic or communications-public relations basic competencies from a relevant practical phase.

The standard period of study for the undergraduate basic course of study (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) should be at least six semesters and at least 180 ECTS credits are required.

The admission procedure occurs in three phases:

Phase 1:
Submission of Application Documents

  • Preliminary application form (available from the registrar’s office)
  • Curriculum vitae with passport photo
  • Motivation form (A4 page)
  • Certified copy of the general university entrance qualification (for the general verification of the fulfilment of the admission requirements in accordance with section 63 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002))*
  • Certified copy of the degree or graduation certificate of the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent basic course of study
     

Phase 2:
Following the positive assessment of the application documents, prospective students will be invited to the DPU to sit a written admission test (single choice) and undergo a personal interview (assessment of the discipline-specific, social and communicative competencies).

Phase 3:
Once the admission procedure has been completed, a ranking of the candidates who have been admitted to the programme on the basis of the results will be published by the Academic Director of the programme.