Journalism (English taught)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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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 students from diverse parts of the world to become journalists with in-depth academic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies. The intensive training by experienced journalists offers a solid foundation in the skills that are needed to succeed in the global journalism of today.

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.

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diplomaMA Mediastudies
typeregulier, 90 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur18 maanden voltijd
maximum aantal plaatsen: 15
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Hands-on-training in small groups
  • State-of-the-art newsroom facilities
  • Aims to develop a multimedia mindset
  • Unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection (50-50 approach)
Students have access to professional facilities for their news productions, such as an exclusive newsroom with instruction area, powerful workstations, a radio and television studio, edit rooms and recording equipment.

The programme has an excellent relation with employers and internship providers. The department is proud of it's longstanding collaboration with Dutch public broadcaster NOS in both education and academic research, and has affiliates with universities in Sheffield and Cardiff (UK).

The programme entered first place in the 2012 Elsevier Guide for Best Studies. In 2012 and 2013 it was labeled as one 77 top masters in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters, one of the most influential Dutch study guides, and the best in the field of Media Studies and Communication Sciences.


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opbouwThe online course catalogue Ocasys offers more details on all courses:
1e jaar The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies.
Journalism Skills III
5 EC
Journalism Skills I
5 EC
Journalism Skills II
5 EC
Journalism Studies
10 EC
Theoretical Specialization: Global Journalism keuzevak
5 EC
Theoretical Specialization: Journalism and Political Culture keuzevak
5 EC
Journalism Skills IV
5 EC
Journalism Skills V
10 EC
Business and Ethics
5 EC
Research Seminar I onderzoek
10 EC
2e jaar 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.
Master's Thesis afstuderen
20 EC
Research Seminar II keuzevak onderzoek
10 EC
Internship keuzevak stage
10 EC


specialisatie Master's placement

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

  1. Optional courses


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
10% theorie
40% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, internship, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, portfolio, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, seminar
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
study abroad
It is allowed to take an internship abroad.
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11400
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
toelaatbare profielen

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

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.

For all non-native speakers the required English proficiency is:

  • 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 equivalent to the above, such to the discretion of the Admission Board.

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
?% daarvan is vrouw
27868 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


Max. L. Snijders
Max L. Snijders is a study association for students taking a Master's track in Journalism at the University of Groningen. The association is named after the first Dutch professor of journalism and former editor-in-chief of the Utrechts Nieuwsblad.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Emanuele Del Rosso
The lecturers are an asset to the programme

'I applied to several universities for this Master's track. I was accepted everywhere, but because of its high ranking I decided to follow the programme at the University of Groningen.

I think the lecturers are an asset to the programme. They have a lot of experience in the field and that makes them both good teachers and good journalists. What I also like about this programme is its practical approach. One of the reasons I chose to follow this Master's track is the internship at the end of the programme. I have plans to apply to an English-language newspaper somewhere in Ireland or the UK...
After my Master my ambition is to work for one of these as a journalist.

In order to be successful in this programme you have to work hard. But for me that is no problem because I really enjoy the assignments. When I do have free time, I like to jog or attend activities such as conferences at the Faculty.'

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Master's Ambassador Emily Howard
For me, the best parts are that it is so practical and hands-on as well as having theory classes

I'm Emily, and I always knew I wanted to study in Groningen. Having done a Bachelors in History, the heritage of the university as one of the oldest in the Netherlands already fascinated me. I wanted to do a Masters in Journalism and this one is the only one in the country, as well as being one of the best in Europe. For me, the best parts are that it is so practical and hands-on as well as having theory classes and the internship will be a huge benefit...

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Aurélie Juignet
This Master provides a solid base to become a good and ethical journalist

Hi, my name is Aurélie, I'm a short French 23-year old woman. I discovered Groningen during an Erasmus exchange in 2009. At that time the Master's track in Journalism was only in Dutch, so I could not attend any of the classes. But I heard that it was about to open in English so I decided to apply. And here I am again! I was happy to be back; Groningen is a nice student city, not big but still lively.

Theory lessons helped me to see a bit beyond the everyday practice of journalism. Even though I was supposed to know already how to do reports, I realized that there were different rules between French and Anglo-Saxon media, so I broadened my professional knowledge.
The International Master's track in Journalism of Groningen has the advantage of offering a training in the three medias, plus some experiments online. An internship helped then to improve little by little, by practicing everyday, using the skills taught here. Because, in my mind, this Master's track provides a solid base to become a good and ethical journalist.

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Sarah Bomkapre Kamara
PhD at Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich)

At the moment I am a PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Before this I worked as a journalist at the English for Africa Department at Germany's International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where I wrote stories for the radio and the website. I also presented some of the daily shows.

I wanted a job that was more than just going into the office every morning and returning home at night which led me into becoming a journalist...
I learned to compile media packages and edit videos for an international audience. The courses were intense and the training strong. I learnt both the theories and skills one needs to practise journalism anywhere in the world. 
It was tough sometimes, but I'll never forget how supportive the lecturers were. Another thing I will always remember is the city of Groningen. I miss it so much! I loved the old buildings and going to the market every Saturday. I was lucky to live in an international student house. Every week we ate food from another country. I still have friends from all over the world and even learned how to ride a bicycle! It was a beautiful experience!
Sarah received a Eric Bleumink Fund scholarship for talented students and young researchers from developing countries (she is from Sierra Leone). She was interviewed about her stay in Groningen by Unifocus, the university's videomagazine. You can see it here:

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Owen Shipton
‎Video Journalist/Gallery Director

The internship I completed as part of my Master's track led directly to a job in journalism. After an intense year of studying and three months of work experience, my internship supervisor offered me a job as a Video Journalist. Since then, I have been promoted to Gallery Director, with creative control over my channel's live content.

Studying in Groningen prepared me for daily newsgathering – it taught me how to make news – and also to look critically at the media content others create...
You won’t be able to keep your parents, friends or significant others away. I’ve got very fond memories of my time there, which was academically tough enough to keep me on my toes but relaxed enough to have a lot of fun.
I’m looking forward to getting more presenting experience, something that studying in Groningen gave me a real taste for. After a year looking at such varied topics, you learn what you want to do most.

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1/4 Rijksuniversiteit
Journalism (English taught)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/4 Rijksuniversiteit
Journalistiek (NL)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
90% Nederlandstalig
10% Engelstalig
3/4 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
4/4 UvA
Journalistiek en media
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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Most alumni choose a career in journalism.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The English-taught Master's track offers an excellent preparation for the jobmarket. 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.
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'.

current job market

vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer slecht
kans op een vaste baan slecht
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

Potentiële beroepen

  • academic researcher
  • editor
  • journalist
  • policy advisor
  • pr professional
  • reporter
bron: StudieData


Admissions Office
Erika Kastelein MA

study advisor

Master's Ambassador Emily Howard
Meer informatie?
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