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The award
MA

How long you will study
18 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Journalism at University of Groningen

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 fast nowadays?

This internationally oriented programme trains students fromdiverse parts of the world to become journalists with in-depthacademic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies. Theintensive training by experienced journalists offers a solidfoundation in the skills that are needed to succeed in the globaljournalism of today.

Theoretical Journalism Studies courses encourage students toreflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulatecritical thinking about the future of news reporting. You willstudy how journalism culture and developments in globalization,citizenship, politics and digitalization interrelate, whilelearning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories.

The English-taught Master's track in Journalism takes a year anda half and has a study load of 90 ECTS. In the first two semestersthe student will take academic courses and practice journalismskills. During the third and last semester students work on theirmaster's thesis. They also take a second research seminar or do aninternship with a news organization.

Are you passionate about news and do you want to report and analyse current affairs? Do you want to know why good journalism is essential in a sustainable society?

This internationally oriented Master's track trains studentsfrom diverse parts of the world to become journalists with in-depthacademic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies. Theintensive training by experienced journalists offers a solidfoundation in the skills that are needed to succeed in the globaljournalism of today.

Theoretical Journalism Studies courses encourage students toreflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulatecritical thinking about the future of news reporting. You willstudy how journalism culture and developments in globalization,citizenship, politics and digitalization interrelate, whilelearning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories.

The English-taught Master's track in Journalism takes a year anda half and has a study load of 90 ECTS. In the first two semestersthe student will take academic courses and practice journalismskills. During the third and last semester students work on theirmaster's thesis. They also take a second research seminar or do aninternship with a news organization.

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation you can pursue a career in journalism. You canwork as a reporter or an editor in a newsroom, using differentkinds of media, such as print, radio, television and internet. Inaddition, you can become a researcher at a university or a privateresearch institute. Positions in public relations or communicationare also possibilities.

Over 60 percent of alumni work in journalism, on a freelance orcontract basis. Another 20 percent has media related work, likepr/communications officer or copywriter. About 8 percent works aspolicy advisor. A small number of alumni continues studying for asecond master's degree and/or PhD. The master scored a 8.22 out of10 in the Higher Education Monitor 2013 for 'preparation for thejob market'.

The English-taught Master's track offers an excellentpreparation for the jobmarket. Most alumni work in journalism,self-employed or on a contract with a news organization. Otherswork in communication and public relations, mostly for non-profitor (semi) government organizations. Jobs in policy development andmanagement, education and academic research are quite common aswell.

Over 60 percent of alumni work in journalism, on a freelance orcontract basis. Another 20 percent has media related work, likepr/communications officer or copywriter. About 8 percent works aspolicy advisor. A small number of alumni continues studying for asecond master's degree and/or PhD. The master scored a 8.22 out of10 in the Higher Education Monitor 2013 for 'preparation for thejob market'.

Job examples

  • Journalist
  • PR professional
  • Policy advisor
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Academic researcher
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study18 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/masters/journalism-english-taught/admission-and-application

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universitiesVia a pre-master
Media StudiesUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • written request
  • entry test

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
entry test

The admissions test includes two parts: writing a (short) essayon a specific topic in Journalism Studies, and a personal selectionof the top 5 international/local news items with an explanation asto why they are important. The admission test will be sent to thestudent via email after the diploma has been validated. The studenthas a week to do the test and return it to the secretariat. In somecases students might be invited to do an interview.

language test

Minimum language requirements for all students:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).
  • ERK level C1.

The only exemption is if the student's native tongue isEnglish.

previous education

You may apply for the Master's track in Journalism with anyuniversity bachelor.

In order to apply for the Master's track in Journalism go to: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication-procedure/

reference letter

Preferably two reference letters, one from an academicadviser/teacher and one from an employer.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

For Dutch students a package of 30 ECTS credits of courses in the minor of Media and Journalism (University of Groningen) isrequired, or a similar package from another university.

entry test

The admissions test includes two parts: writing a (short) essayon a specific topic in Journalism Studies, and a personal selectionof the top 5 international/local news items and why they areimportant. The admission test will be sent to the student via emailand needs to be returned within a week to the programmecoordinator.

language test

For all non-native speakers the required English proficiencyis:

  • TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills)
  • IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items)
  • ERK level C1.

Other language tests are accepted as long as they are equivalentto the above, such to the discretion of the Admission Board.

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 15 attendees a year.

The admissions test for international students includes twoparts: writing a (short) essay on a specific topic in JournalismStudies, and a personal selection of the top 5 international/localnews items with an explanation as to why these news items areimportant. The admission test will be sent to the student via email(after the Board has received the student's file from theAdmission's Office) and needs to be returned within a week to thesecretariat. The final decision is made by the Admissi

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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