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Master in Communication and Information Studies: Journalism

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description


In the Master CIW: Journalism you learn how digital news media and social media require their own approach (platform specificity). What are the target groups of those platforms and which texts and images are suitable or not suitable?

At Journalism you will be taught in small groups by enthusiastic teachers with a variety of expertise and you will work closely with partners from the journalistic practice, such as NOS, Trouw and Nieuwsuur. You will not only answer urgent questions that real news organizations struggle with, but you will also build valuable connections.

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Admission requirements

Students CIW: Media and Journalism are directly admissible. If you have another university bachelor, higher vocational education bachelor in Journalism or a higher professional education program with sufficient training in journalistic skills, you first follow a step-up minor (about 30 EC of courses in the first semester, during your bachelor's program) or a pre-master (about 30 EC spread over the year, after completing your bachelor's program).

Pre-master's program

If you have a university bachelor's degree, you may not be admitted to the master's program until you have successfully completed a (partial) pre-master's program. This may be the case if, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, your bachelor's program does not adequately prepare for the prerequisites of the master's program (see the page Admission requirements and registration). In that case you will receive further instructions from the Admissions Board.

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

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Program content

  • Key issues in journalistic science
  • News production and citizenship
  • Journalistic genres
  • News frames, news impact and citizenship
  • Practical Investigative Journalism
  • Impact of journalistic products
  • Research into journalistic practice
  • Applied methods and techniques
  • Master's thesis Communication and Information Sciences: Journalism

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546

Continuing studies

You can also do doctoral research at universities and research institutes.

Career opportunities

After this master you can of course go to journalism. Our students end up with traditional media such as TV, radio and newspaper, but also work with newer media forms such as podcasts and Instagram stories. Other alumni focus on journalistic innovation or start a journalistic start-up. In addition to being a journalist, you can also become a (media) scientist or researcher, communication specialist or spokesperson.

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About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

Contact info

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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