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MA in Media Studies - Journalism University of Groningen




Course info


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 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.

Theoretical Journalism Studies courses enable 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 digital journalism interrelate, while learning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories in empirical academic research focused on understanding the field of journalism.

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, students 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 complete an internship with a news organization.

Job prospects

The English-taught Master's track offers an excellent preparation for the job market. Most alumni work in journalism, self-employed or on a contract with a news organization. Others work in communication and public relations, mostly for non-profit or (semi) government organizations. Jobs in policy development and management, education and academic research are quite common as well.

Job examples

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

International students who have chosen to start a program at the Faculty of Arts in Groningen in september may even be more unsure of what their future holds in the short term. Travel might be complicated, and visa-regulations may have altered. Reception of your documentation for admissions may be delayed due to corona-measures or other regulations may impede you from coming to Groningen at the start of your programme.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Media Studies - Journalism.

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees

€13,500.00 (11,96,996) per year




University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,



9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

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

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

Entry test: Once your file has been uploaded and evaluated by the central Admission's Office, they sent your file to our Admission's Board. You will then receive an admissions test. 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 with an explanation as to why they are important. The admission test will only be sent to you via email after your diploma has been validated (in case of a non-Dutch diploma). You have 5 business days to do the test and return it to the secretariat. In some cases you might be invited to do an interview. The deadline for application is June 1, 2020.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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