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Dual Degree with Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna

Become a specialist in the field of business communication with a special focus on digital and intercultural communication. This Dual Degree program provides two degrees: one from the Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU) Vienna in Austria and one from Tilburg University. You will learn how companies can optimally adapt their communication to the international environment in which they operate, and the opportunities and challenges of today's media society.

This Dual Degree program is linked to the MSc Communication and Information Sciences. The program has one entry moment per year.

  • You will start at the end of September at WU Vienna.
  • One year later you will continue the program at Tilburg University, starting at the end of August.

Why choose this Dual Degree program?

You will acquire a thorough knowledge of business communication with a special focus on digital and intercultural communication. This will make you an asset to companies and organizations that address a diversity of target groups and that work with employees from different cultural backgrounds.

  • By studying at two educational institutions in different countries, each with their own culture, you broaden your horizons. This experience is extra valuable if you want to work in an international environment.
  • Put the methods and theoretical knowledge into practice through a research project in collaboration with industry partners.
  • A scholarship covers part of your tuition.
  • You will obtain two degrees: an MSc in Business Communication from WU Vienna and an MSc in Communication and Information Sciences from Tilburg University.

Program and courses

The program comprises 120/122 ECTS and takes two years.

  • The first year you follow for 60 ECTS of courses at WU Vienna spread over two semesters. The first year consists largely of compulsory courses.
  • The second year you follow for 42 ECTS of courses at Tilburg University, spread over four blocks. You will choose your courses from a wide range of electives.
    • In the last semester you will also work on your graduation thesis. A lecturer from WU Vienna is also involved in the thesis, so that the final product meets the requirements for both institutions. The thesis counts as 18 ECTS for Tilburg University and 20 ECTS for WU Vienna.
Courses year 1 at WU Vienna

Semester 1: October - January

Module: Foundations of Business Communication (15 ECTS)

  • Intercultural Business Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Business Communication in the Media Society (5 ECTS)
  • Business Communication and Language (5 ECTS)

Module: Skills and Competencies (7,5 ECTS)

  • Language for specific purposes (5 ECTS)
  • Language-specific, applied content production (2,5 ECTS)

Module: Research Methods (10 ECTS)

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods & Data Analysis (10 ECTS)

Semester 2: March - June

Module: International Business Communication and Management (15 ECTS)

  • Intercultural Communication and Area Studies (5 ECTS)
  • Strategic Communication Management (5 ECTS)
  • Language and Communication in Specific Business Settings (5 ECTS)

Module: Applied Research Projects (7,5 ECTS)

Choose one of the following three:

  • Strategic Communication Management
  • Intercultural Communication and Area Studies
  • Language in Business Contexts

Module: Skills and Competencies (5 ECTS)

  • Media and Communication (5 ECTS)
Courses year 2 at Tilburg University

Block 1: September - October

  • 2 elective courses (12 ECTS)
  • 1 research skills module (3 ECTS)

Block 2: October - December

  • 2 elective courses (12 ECTS)
  • 1 research skills module (3 ECTS)

Block 3 and 4: February - May

  • 2 elective courses (12 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (20 ECTS at WU Vienna, 18 ECTS at Tilburg University)

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions

Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

Application and admission

The information below is intended to give a rough impression. For detailed information on the application and admission procedure, including deadlines, please go to the website of WU Vienna. The information on their website is leading.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree in which you have completed at least 45 ECTS of business and/or economics courses;
  • Sufficient proficiency in English;
  • Proof of aptitude, to be demonstrated by means of:
    • a letter of recommendation from a lecturer or thesis supervisor;
    •  a motivation letter and motivation video;
    • an academic essay.
Application and admission procedure

Application and admission procedure

  • You apply for the MSc in Business Communication at Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU) Vienna and indicate in the online application form that you are interested in the Dual Degree program.
  • WU Vienna works with three application rounds with an application deadline for each round.
  • There are a limited number of places available each year. Admission is therefore on a selection basis.
    • for entry moment September 2023 there are 5 places available.
    • for entry moment September 2024 there are 10 places available.
  • The admissions committee strives to keep a similar number of places available per application round. If you are rejected in an earlier round, you have the option to reapply in a later round.
Pre-Master's program

Pre-Master's program

There is no specific pre-Master’s program available for the Dual Degree. Students who have completed the pre-Master’s program Communication and Information Sciences can apply for the Dual Degree, but must still meet the generally applicable admission requirements and go through the entire procedure. Thus, the pre-Master’s program Communication and Information Sciences does not guarantee admission to the Dual Degree.

More information

If you have specific questions about this Dual Degree program with WU Vienna, please contact Nikki van der Wielen.