EMJ offers a unique educational experience with students studying and living in at least two European countries. The first year of the degree is spent with the entire cohort in Denmark at both Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The second year sees students split into smaller groups that move to either Charles University, Prague, Czechia, or the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In addition, selected students will get the unique opportunity to substitute their second-semester courses in Denmark with courses taken at one of the prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Berkley, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; City, University of London, UK and more.
In general level, the program focuses on analytical skills needed to identify and analyze cultural, political, and technological challenges to and opportunities for journalism across the globe. It combines theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives. Students can choose the specialization of their study for the second year. Prague's program offers Totalitarianism & Transition Specialisation. This specialization gives students a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries. Students work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market-related, and technological transformations. Obtained theoretical knowledge becomes the point of departure for the practical courses in audio, video, and multimedia journalism production. It makes a perfect point of departure for future employment, e.g. in foreign correspondence.
The first year of the degree is spent in Denmark with the entire cohort. The aim of the first year is to give students the analytical skills needed to identify and analyze cultural, political, and technological challenges to and opportunities for journalism across the globe. Moreover, the courses in Aarhus are designed to prepare students for your specialization and thesis work in the second year. In order to realize that aim, the courses in Aarhus will combine theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives.
In the second year, students split into smaller groups choosing the specialization of their interest. The courses in Prague’s specialization "Totalitarianism & Transition" will give them a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries, and they will work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market-related, and technological transformations. This theoretical knowledge furthermore constitutes the point of departure for the practical courses in audio, video, and multimedia journalism production.
Prague’s program is divided into several courses:
Media and journalism and their performance are key issues of liberal democracy. The status of media is, therefore, a crucial point in the transition from a totalitarian to a liberal political environment. The course Media in Post-Totalitarian Countries offers basic knowledge of the development of media in post-totalitarian countries on examples of Central Europe (mainly Czechia, but also Poland, Hungary, and Germany) from 1989 until now. It supports students' critical approach to reflections on mass media and social media, and on contemporary societies and their political communication.
The course Contemporary History of Post-Totalitarian Countries will provide the students' knowledge of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries in Central (and Eastern) Europe in order to understand the specifics of its political, socio-economic, and cultural developments in the recent past that have an impact on the societies of Central European countries today. The course uses a variety of methodological approaches to deal with key historical and contemporary issues such as the process of nation-building; dealing with the German political, economic and cultural hegemony; expulsion/resettlement of Germans and coming to terms with the past; dynamics of the development of societies in the communist era; achievements and failures of the post-communist transformation; and important recent topics such as the migration crisis, etc. Students are expected to work in groups and discuss the issues based on their presentations.
Audiovisual Journalism of the 21st Century aims to develop journalism and reporting skills. The first part of the course combines excursions to public and private news TV broadcasters and lectures that provide essential editorial and technological knowledge in the field of TV journalism. Within its practical part, the course combines TV studio and fieldwork both with professional broadcast technologies and widely used consumer devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets). Students will work on simulated TV newscasts which will include work in the TV studio, editing news stories, and live reporting.
The course Post-Digital Photojournalism discusses the current situation of visual journalism. With the rise of digital technologies, theoreticians began talking about the death of traditional photography and describing the era as post-photographic. Now, twenty years later, it is obvious that visual messages are more powerful than ever in and beyond political discourse.
The course Foreign Correspondence covers both the very interesting history of the profession, as well as its current situation that is influenced by both technological and economic challenges. The course makes use of the practical skills students gained from the previous courses to simulate the work of foreign correspondents. The students' knowledge about the Central and Eastern Europe region is used in their journalistic stories, thereby deeply grounding their theoretical knowledge.
The Master's thesis courses 1 & 2 have two main objectives. The first objective is to provide the relevant methodological and theoretical knowledge and skills, at an advanced level, which are necessary for MA students to produce a master's thesis. The second objective is to guide students in developing the core design of their thesis, i.e. their research questions, theoretical/conceptual framework, methods and research design, and textual structure.
Why choose Mundus Journalism?
The Mundus Journalism MA program gives you state-of-the-art insights into the current topics within journalism, media, and globalization. The curriculum combines academic, theoretical knowledge with journalistic skills to improve your ability to analyze, interpret and understand the global changes that increasingly challenge traditional boundaries between media, politics, technology, and culture. All in all, the program prepares you to work practically towards improving and maintaining the societal and cultural legitimacy of journalism globally.
A vibrant and international community
Join the Mundus Journalism program to engage with peers and staff from more than 100 countries across the globe in an ambitious, interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. The Erasmus Mundus Journalism master's degree offers you a truly unique and international educational experience. At Mundus Journalism, you will study at leading universities in at least two European countries, work with top researchers in media studies, political science, and journalism, and gain an outstanding professional network for life.
We offer Mundus scholarships of up to €49,000
We expect to offer 22 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the 2022-24 program, hence, around 25% will be offered admission as scholarship students, while 75% will be offered admission as self-funded students.
The Erasmus Mundus scholarships cover tuition fees, insurance, a contribution to student travel and installation costs, as well as a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the study program.
Customize your Mundus Journalism degree
Year 1: Studying in Aarhus, Denmark
All students spend the first year of the master’s degree in Aarhus, Denmark studying at both Aarhus University - taught by faculty from the Department of Political Science and the Department of Information and Media Studies - and the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
The aim of the first year is to give you the analytical skills needed to identify and analyze cultural, political, and technological challenges and opportunities for journalism across the globe. You will also learn how to integrate this sophisticated theoretical understanding with practical approaches to assert journalism within a public sphere that is undergoing decisive changes.
You can customize your studies by choosing to take electives or an approved internship as part of your second semester. Or you can apply (after the course start in Aarhus) to be one of the selected students who can study their second semester (30 ECTS) at one of our prestigious credit awarding universities:
Berkeley University of California in the USA
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
The University of Technology Sydney in Australia
Fudan University in Shanghai in China
The University of Cape Town in South Africa
Lebanese American University in Lebanon
The University of Hamburg in Germany
Year 2: Studying in either Amsterdam, London, or Prague
In the second year, you will be able to specialize in the area of your choice to delve into field-specific topics and strengthen your reflexive journalism skills. In the 2021-2023 program, we are offering the specializations listed below, while we expect that we will be able to add a fourth specialization called ‘Cultures and Contexts’ at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in our 2022-2024 program.
Specializations in the 2021-2023 program:
Totalitarianism & Transition at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic
Business & Innovation at City, the University of London in the United Kingdom
Politics & Communication at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands
While the specializations in Totalitarianism & Transition and Business & Innovation offer more practical journalism training, the specialization in Politics and Communication is more theory-oriented and focuses on substantive issues and empirical research analyzing the content, production, and effects of journalism and other forms of political communication. While some of the Amsterdam courses, as well as the thesis, offer the opportunity to engage in practical journalism, this specialization does not offer practical journalism training as such.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant subject in order to be admitted to the Mundus Journalism program. Students who have not yet graduated from their BA degree can still apply, but documentation of the bachelor's degree must be forwarded to Aarhus University by August to complete the enrolment process prior to the course start in September.
We require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English. We only accept the IELTS Academic test. We require a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category.
We ask for at least 3 months’ journalistic experience so that the need for basic practical journalistic instruction is low.
Academic documents: Official graduation certificates and transcripts from all your previous university/college studies
Journalistic documents: 1) Proof of experience and 2) Work Samples
Two letters of recommendation: Academic and journalistic reference letters
Documentation of your nationality/nationalities
The Erasmus Mundus Journalism program is taught in English. Students must, therefore, be able to read academic textbooks and articles, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions, and undertake written work and exams in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English.
IELTS Requirement We only accept the IELTS Academic test, as it reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying in an English language environment. The IELTS test assesses your abilities in 4 test categories: 1) listening, 2) reading, 3) writing, and 4) speaking.
The IELTS test result is reported as a score in each of the 4 test categories and as an overall band score on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). We require a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category.
Our alumni are entering successful and interesting jobs worldwide with many at the top of their profession. Many paths are open to them, and they might want to choose different directions at different times in their life. We have divided Mundus Journalism's career paths into three overall directions, such as practical journalism, an academic career in journalism and media or NGO's, start-ups, and all areas of international work.