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Department of Engineering and Communication

Technical Journalism (BSc)

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Whether it’s digitization, the energy transition, or Industry 4.0, technology is changing society and has an enormous impact on our everyday lives. As a qualifying technical journalist, you learn to professionally process content using different channels: in word and image, via audio and video, or via blogs and social media. The range of topics covered by our bachelor’s degree programme in Technical Journalism (BSc) is broad, from issues relating to energy, the environment and mobility to media technology, games, virtual reality and IT.

Programme content

First, students learn about different aspects of the media system, develop the basic practical journalistic and communication skills, and acquire an overview of the professional field of technical journalism. This content is supplemented by the MINT subjects - mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and technology - which extend over the entire course of study.

During the third and fourth semesters, students further develop their knowledge of different journalistic content and expand their skills to include corporate and marketing communication. The curriculum also includes research policy, technology ethics and further development of English language skills. In the fifth semester, the students try out what they have learned in a practical semester. They learn about everyday working life on an editorial board, in the communication department of a company and in an agency. Alternatively, they can complete a study semester abroad.

During the sixth and seventh semesters, the focus is on the area of specialism (journalism in a specific field), knowledge required for management roles (leadership and the law) and preparation for entering into the profession or starting their own business. Students provide evidence of their skills as communication professionals through practical work in the media, before completing the bachelor’s degree programme in Technical Journalism (BSc) with a bachelor thesis and the colloquium.

Perspectives and job prospects

The demand for specialists who are able to communicate complex technical material is high. Graduates of the Technical Journalism degree programme are in demand as journalists, PR consultants, social media editors and communication experts in the marketing field. On the one hand, there are opportunities for employment in the private sector, such as in media companies and publishing houses, and in research institutes and academic institutions. There are also good career prospects in corporate and product communication, in press offices or in PR and advertising agencies.

With a bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism, you are qualified for a large number of master’s programmes in the field of media or communications. Building on the bachelor’s degree programme in Technical Journalism (BSc) the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences offers the master’s degree programme in Digital Communication and Media Innovation (MA).

Study contents Technical Journalism (BSc)


Ablauf des Studiums

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Practical Semester

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International Media Expert


Starter projects

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Open Project Day of the Department IWK

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Sankt Augustin Campus

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Bachelor's degree

Standard period of study

Seven semesters / 210 ECTS

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Start of course

Winter term

Semester contribution


Formal requirements for admission are either the “Fachhochschulreife” or an “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” higher-level secondary school-leaving qualification, a corresponding vocational qualification, or previous education that is regarded as being of equivalent value.


The degree programme is free of admission. You can enrol from 1 June to 1 October for the start of the winter semester.

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Events and schedules


All dates in the IWK department

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IWK study information

The responsible contacts for questions

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Questions about application and enrolment can be answered by the Registrar's Office


Information on course content and progression and (career) prospects can be obtained from the Course Guidance Services

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The Student Advice Centre provides advice on choosing, starting and completing a degree programme

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Contact points

Departmental Office Engineering and Communication


Sankt Augustin


A 157


Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin


+49 2241 865 301

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 15:00 (core opening hours)

Friday: 09:00 - 14:00 Uhr (core opening hours)

Course Guidance Services Department of Engineering and Communication

Contact to the Registrar's Office


Campus Sankt Augustin: Grantham Allee 20, 53757 Sankt Augustin // Rooms E039 - E040 & E044 - E048

Campus Rheinbach: Egermanstr. 1, 53359 Rheinbach // Rooms 1.304 - 1.305

Opening hours

Telephone consultation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 12:00, Monday - Thursday: 14:00 - 15:00

Personal consultation hours by appointment only

Student Council IWK


Sankt Augustin


A 041


Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin


+49 2241 865 331

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 12 - 13 Uhr



Sankt Augustin




Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Opening hours

Die Studierwerkstatt findet in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit in Form von Web-Konferenzen und Online-Foren zu den normalen Arbeitszeiten statt: Die aktuellen Online-Zeiten der Dozenten und Mentoren finden Sie im LEA–Kurs Studierwerkstatt.