Are you passionate about news and do you want to report and analyze current affairs? Do you want to know why journalism is transforming so quickly nowadays?

This internationally oriented program trains students from diverse parts of the world to become journalists, with in-depth academic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies presented by journalism researchers and intensive training by experienced journalists, offering a solid foundation in the skills that are needed to succeed in journalism today.

Theoretical Journalism Studies courses enable students to reflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulate critical thinking about the future of news reporting. You will study how journalism culture and developments in globalization, citizenship, politics and digital journalism interrelate while learning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories in empirical academic research focused on understanding the field of journalism.

The English-taught Master's track in Journalism takes a year and a half and has a study load of 90 ECTS. In the first two semesters, students will take academic courses and practice journalism skills. During the third and last semester students work on their master's thesis. They also take a second research seminar or complete an internship with a news organization.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Hands-on training in small groups;
  • State-of-the-art newsroom facilities;
  • Aims to develop a multimedia mindset;
  • A unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection.

Students have access to professional facilities for their news productions, such as an exclusive newsroom with instruction area, powerful workstations, radio and television studio, edit rooms and recording equipment. The program has an excellent relationship with employers and internship providers. The department is proud of its longstanding collaboration with Dutch public broadcaster NOS in both education and academic research and has affiliated with universities in Sheffield and Cardiff (UK).

Program

Year 1

The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies.

Courses

  • Journalism Studies 1: Theory (5 EC)
  • Journalism Studies 2: Methodology (5 EC)
  • Journalism Skills I (5 EC)
  • Journalism Skills II (5 EC)
  • Journalism Skills III (5 EC)
  • Theoretical Specialization: Global Journalism (5 EC, optional)
  • Theoretical Specialization: Journalism and Political Culture (5 EC, optional)
  • Business and Ethics (5 EC)
  • Journalism Skills IV (5 EC)
  • Journalism Skills V (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar I (10 EC)

Curriculum

The 90 ECTS curriculum is 55% academic theory and 45% journalism skills. The academic theory courses include theoretical specializations such as Journalism and Political Culture, and Global Journalism, research seminars looking at topics such as News and Audiences and of course a Master's Thesis. Journalism skills courses include topics like international reporting, feature writing, television, online journalism, and live radio. A two-month internship with a news organization is optional.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 10 EC

It is allowed to take an internship abroad. However, there is no possibility to do an exchange abroad.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Additional subject

For students with a Dutch BA diploma a package of 30 ECTS credits of courses in the (premaster)minor Journalism (University of Groningen) is recommended, or a similar package from another university.

Entry test

Once your file has been uploaded and evaluated by the central Admission's Office, they sent your file to our Admission's Board. You will then receive an admissions test. The admissions test includes two parts: writing a (short) essay on a specific topic in Journalism Studies, and a personal selection of the top 5 international/local news items with an explanation as to why they are important. The admission test will only be sent to you via email after your diploma has been validated (in case of a non-Dutch diploma). You have 5 business days to do the test and return it to the secretariat. In some cases, you might be invited to do an interview. The deadline for application is May 1st.

Language test

For all non-native speakers the required English proficiency is:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items)
  • ERK level C1.

Other language tests are accepted as long as they are equivalent to the above, such as the discretion of the Admission Board.

Written request

In your motivation letter, you explain why you want to pursue a career in journalism, what previous experience in journalism you have, what you expect from the program and why you are the right student for this track.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Entry test

Once your file has been uploaded and evaluated by the central Admission's Office, they sent your file to our Admission's Board. You will then receive an admissions test. The admissions test includes two parts: writing a (short) essay on a specific topic in Journalism Studies, and a personal selection of the top 5 international/local news items with an explanation as to why they are important. The admission test will only be sent to you via email after your diploma has been validated (in case of a non-Dutch diploma). You have 5 business days to do the test and return it to the secretariat. In some cases, you might be invited to do an interview. The deadline for application is May 1st.

Language test

For all non-native speakers the required English proficiency is:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items)
  • ERK level C1.

Other language tests are accepted as long as they are equivalent to the above, such as the discretion of the Admission Board.

Previous education

You may apply for the Master's track in Journalism with any university bachelor.

Written request

In your motivation letter, you explain why you want to pursue a career in journalism, what previous experience in journalism you have, what you expect from the program and why you are the right student for this track.

Numerus Fixus

  • This program has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 60 attendees a year.
  • The maximum of 60 participants per year applies to the Dutch-taught track Journalistiek and the English-taught track Journalism combined.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The English-taught Master's track offers excellent preparation for the job market. Most alumni work in journalism, self-employed or on a contract with a news organization. Others work in communication and public relations, mostly for non-profit or (semi) government organizations. Jobs in policy development and management, education and academic research are quite common as well.

Job examples

  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Academic researcher
  • Journalist
  • PR professional
  • Policy advisor

Research

Journalism Studies and research

Our Journalism Studies staff implements diverse research projects in the field of Journalism Studies, sometimes collaborating with universities such as Sheffield and Cardiff. During the Master's track, you will learn about the staff's projects for example during the research seminars. You will acquire knowledge of theories and methodologies and learn to apply this in your own research projects, for example with your master's thesis.

Sometimes this leads to joint publications, like The editor-in-chief. Entrepreneurial journalism leadership (2011; in Dutch), that was the result of a research seminar on the role and function of modern editors-in-chief.

The department encourages students to participate in conferences and symposia in the area of Journalism and Journalism Studies. You might well be asked to help out with research projects as a student-assistant.

Examples of long-term research projects are:

  • Reporting at the boundaries of the public sphere. Form, Style, and Strategy of European Journalism, 1880-2005
  • The New News Consumer: User-Based Innovation to Meet Paradigmatic Change in News Use and Media Habits
  • Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 1, 2020
Duration
18 months
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Price
2,143 EUR
EU/EEA students: €2143/year. Non-EU/EEA students: €12500
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May 1, 2020
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MA in Journalism