Journalism, M.A.

Journalism, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Journalism programme is offered by the University of Groningen. This internationally oriented programme trains students from diverse parts of the world to become journalists with in-depth academic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies. 


The Journalism programme is offered by the University of Groningen. Theoretical Journalism Studies courses encourage 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 digitalization interrelate, while learning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories.

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 the student 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 do an internship with a news organization.

Job prospects:

After graduation you can pursue a career in journalism. You can work as a reporter or an editor in a newsroom, using different kinds of media, such as print, radio, television and internet. In addition, you can become a researcher at a university or a private research institute. Positions in public relations or communication are also possibilities.

Over 60 percent of alumni work in journalism, on a freelance or contract basis. Another 20 percent has media related work, like pr/communications officer or copywriter. About 8 percent works as policy advisor. A small number of alumni continues studying for a second master's degree and/or PhD.The master scored a 8.22 out of 10 in the Higher Education Monitor 2013 for 'preparation for the job market'.

Job examples:

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

Programme Structure

The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies. The third and last semester is for writing the Master's thesis and taking either a second research seminar in Journalism Studies or an internship with a news organization.

Courses include:

  • Journalism Skills I 
  • Journalism Skills II 
  • Journalism Skills III 
  • Journalism Studies 
  • Theoretical Specialization: Global Journalism 
  • Theoretical Special
  • lization: Journalism and Political Culture 
  • Business and Ethics 
  • Journalism Skills IV 
  • Journalism Skills V 
  • Research Seminar I 

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 18 months
                  • Credits
                    90 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                  • Minimum required score:


                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                  Academic Requirements


                  • 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 and why they are important. The admission test will be sent to the student via email and needs to be returned within a week to the programme coordinator. You will receive the test as soon as your diploma has been positively validated. An interview might follow.
                  • You may apply for the master's programme in Journalism with any university bachelor.
                  • English language requirements

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International Applies to you

                    11400 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
                  • EU/EEA Applies to you

                    2006 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                  Please note that the official tuition fee covers one academic year. The half of the year remaining will be charged separately.

                  Living costs for Groningen

                  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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