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1.5 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2021
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Program description

MA Journalism

The Masters degree in Journalism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands trains students to become journalists with in-depth academic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies.

With newspapers, magazines, radio and television are converging on the internet, this 18-month journalism education course encourages students to develop a multimedia mindset. The intensive hands-on training in the first year offers a solid foundation in the skills students need to be successful in modern journalism.

MA Journalism Studies education courses train students to reflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulate critical thinking about the future of news reporting and students' own positions as professional reporters. The international Masters education programme builds on well-established and highly successful Dutch-taught Master´s degree programme in Journalism. Courses are taught by an international staff of academic lecturers and experienced journalists.

Semester 1

  • Journalism Skills (20 ECTS)
  • Journalism Studies (10 ECTS)
  • Business and Ethics (5 ECTS)
  • Global Journalism (5 ECTS)
  • Journalism Studies 1: Theory (5 EC)
  • Journalism Studies 2: Methodology (5 EC)
  • Theoretical Specialization: Global Journalism (5 EC, optional)
  • Theoretical Specialization: Journalism and Political Culture (5 EC, optional)

Semester 2

  • Journalism Skills (15 ECTS)
  • Research Seminar (10 ECTS)
  • Business and Ethics (5 EC)

Semester 3

  • Internship at a national or international news organization or extra research seminar (10 ECTS)
  • Master´s thesis (20 ECTS)

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Admission requirements

The Masters degree in Journalism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is highly selective with only 15 students admitted. Those wishing to study Journalism must meet the following requirements:

  • At least an internationally recognised Bachelor´s (or comparable) degree in any discipline.
  • The selection procedure is based on a letter of motivation and curriculumvitae, a web-based assessment, evaluation of degree certificates and,if applicable, previous journalistic work. It may also include a phone or Skype interview.
  • Proficiency in English (min. 620 TOEFL or min. 7 IELTS) is required.
  • Application deadline (without scholarship request): 1 May

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Tuition fees

  • Full-time EU/EEA Students: € 2,168 per year
  • Full-time Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,300 per year

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About this institute

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor,...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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