Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Journalism, Media and Globalisation (joint degree)

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Journalism, Media and Globalisation (joint degree)

University of Amsterdam

The two-year international Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation provides aspiring and practising journalists with a more critical understanding of their profession, to create more academically sound, critical, and globally minded media professionals.

The programme offers students the unique experience of studying in two European countries. Students spend the first year in Aarhus, Denmark, and then transfer to another university to specialize in one of four distinct areas of journalism and media studies: Media and Politics (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), War and Conflict (University of Swansea, UK), Business and Finance Journalism (City University London, UK) or Comparative and Transcultural Approaches (University of Hamburg, Germany). A select group of students also has the opportunity to spend time at a third university, at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), or La Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago (Chile).

This Master's programme is not intended to provide practical training for students to become journalists. Rather, solidly founded in academic research, it is aimed at practising journalists and media professionals who wish to further develop their analytical perspective and operate at the cutting edge of their profession.

Studying Journalism, Media and Globalisation at the University of Amsterdam

The curriculum rests on a joint foundational year in Denmark. During this year, students gain

thorough knowledge about the economic, political, social and cultural contexts of globalisation and journalism, and learn to creatively apply concepts, methods, principles and theories relevant to the study of and practices within global media and journalism.

During the specialism year at the University of Amsterdam, students are part of the Graduate School of Communication. The courses and research topics focus on critically examining the role, context, and effects of media in political processes, set against the backdrop of globalisation. The key questions in the programme are:

  • How do the news media operate in a transnational public sphere, such as the European Union?
  • How do news media contribute to the articulation or re-articulation of global and local politics?
  • How does news coverage of public affairs influence citizens' perceptions, attitudes and behaviour, and how does it affect politics and the relationships between states, European and non‐European publics, governments and other institutions?
  • How is journalism itself affected by transnational political and cultural shifts and their implications for audience demands and expectations?

Students specialising in ‘Media and Politics’ study 60 ECTS at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands from September until July. A study year at the University of Amsterdam consists of two semesters. Each semester contains three blocks of 8 – 8 – 4 weeks.

Degree certificate

Journalism, Media and Globalisation is a joint Master's programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation and the title joint Master of Arts (MA) from the University of Aarhus and the University of Amsterdam.

Career Prospects

The Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Journalism, Media & Globalisation seeks to produce alumni who will work as critical, globally-minded media professionals in the increasingly complex media market.

Graduates have found employment in a wide range of international organisations, including Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the UN and the European Commission. Not all of our graduates continue on in their professional journalism careers, however. Because our specialism, in particular, facilitates a critical understanding of the role the media play in political processes, many of our graduates seek and find employment in non‐profit organizations, lobbying firms, communication offices for international organizations, and government.

Our graduates have excellent research and writing skills, and the confidence and analytical knowledge necessary to report on complex topics relevant to the global information society.

Graduates of the Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Journalism, Media & Globalisation form a close Alumni network of journalism professionals from all over the world. The Mundus Journalism Alumni Network provides alumni with a platform for (re)connecting, building professional contacts and sharing job opportunities.

Furthermore, alumni of Erasmus Mundus programmes have the opportunity to join the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA). Initiated by the European Commission and student representatives from all Erasmus Mundus programmes, the EMA is developing a wide range of activities and services and gives former students access to an extensive international network.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
24 months
Full time
9,000 EUR
Non-EU students: €18000; EU students: €9000
Jan. 15, 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
End date Request Info