Investigative Journalism, M.Sc. | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
12 months
11567 EUR/year
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The Investigative Journalism programme of the University of Gothenburg will sharpen and expand your journalistic skills and develop your tools and understanding to use the potential of modern media to hold the powerful to account. The programme is suitable for journalists or others engaged in organisations that monitor the power of society.


About the programme

Journalists are the watchdogs of democracy. With globalization placing extraordinary pressures on human societies, posing unprecedented threats from pollution, transnational criminals, rogue states and terror networks, climate change, and the actions of powerful figures in business and politics, the need for investigative journalism has never been greater.

Our watchdogs are now forced to extend their investigations internationally. These developments demand a new understanding of how conditions for investigative reporting differ between countries in terms of regulation, risks, and the nature of corruption at all levels of society. They also require new journalistic methods, techniques, and transnational collaborations.

Preparing you for a changing industry

The Investigative Journalism programme of the University of Gothenburg provides knowledge and skills in investigative journalism in digital environments, with specialization in international perspectives, data journalism, and high-impact digital publishing.

The programme is well established in the journalistic profession and the news industry, and developed in consultation with them. The goal is to prepare you for a changing news business through optimizing knowledge and skills that are essential in this turbulent market (data-driven journalism and visualization, project management, entrepreneurship, cross-sectional partnerships) but also fundamental journalistic values and ethics. You will develop the skills to monitor transnational institutions, business, and politics.

Combining practice with theory

We have an explicit pedagogical goal of moving away from the distinction between the academic and professional spheres that so often characterize vocational programmes. This is expressed by emphasizing the methodological and problematizing aspects of journalism, as well as the possibilities of applying scientific perspectives and research for journalistic purposes. This goal is also highlighted in the choice we provide you for your final degree project, which can be carried out as an investigative journalistic project or as an academic thesis. Each demands high requirements in using theoretical perspectives to formulate a relevant hypothesis, choosing the most suitable method to investigate it, and presenting the results with maximum impact.

The course is campus-based and built around the student’s active involvement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigative Journalism in Digital Environments
  • Data Journalism and Visualization
  • Investigative Journalism Across Borders
  • Master's Thesis or Project in Investigative Journalism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree of 180 credits or corresponding
  • Applicants must prove knowledge of English: English 6/English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • CV
  • Letter of intent

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11567 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11567 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Full education cost: 126,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /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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