MA Media Studies

University of Groningen
18 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Dutch, English

About this program

MA Media Studies

Journalism (Dutch language)

A healthy society needs good journalism. How and why is journalism changing so much? How do you make independent, reliable and fascinating journalistic stories yourself? In this track you will be trained as a reporter and you will learn to think critically about what journalism entails. You develop both practical skills and academic knowledge.

There is a selection procedure for the Journalism and Journalism tracks.

Journalism (English-taught)

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 track trains students from diverse parts of the world to become international 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.

For the track Journalism a selection procedure is in place.

Datafication and Digital Literacy

This MA track offers students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society. If you are interested in digital media, how digitalization and datafication transform society, and how a digital literacy perspective helps you to apply knowledge about this transformation in a range of professions, this track is the right one for you.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

entry test - For the tracks Journalistiek and Journalism a selection procedure is in place. Check the the individual track pages for the details.

language test - Please check the individual track pages for language requirements.

International diploma

entry test - For the tracks Journalistiek and Journalism a selection procedure is in place. Check the individual track pages for the details.

language test - Please check the individual track pages for language requirements.

previous education - For all tracks: an international recognized University Bachelor's degree. For details per track, please check the individual track pages.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

For Journalism and Journalistiek: some of courses in the theoretical learning pathway are shared between the two tracks. All other courses are track-specific. For Datafication and Digital Literacy, Media Creation and Innovation and Social Media and Society: some of the courses in the theoretical learning pathway, all in the methodology learning pathway and all in the professional skills learning pathway are shared between the three tracks. All other courses are track-specific.

Year 2

The third semester is designated for the MA thesis and the mandatory MA internship.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,570 per year


Credits: 90 ECTS

MA in Literary Studies

Career paths

If you chose the Dutch-taught Journalism track, you will be able to work as a reporter/editor within a Dutch media organization. The English-taught track leads to similar functions in your country of origin or an international journalism context. Jobs in (non-profit) pr and communication, policy advice and research are another possibility.

With the track Datafication and Digital Literacy you will find positions in policy making, education, consultancy, data management, media and digital advocac

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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, master...

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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
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