Journalism (English taught)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
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 quickly nowadays?

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typeregulier, 90 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur18 maanden voltijd
numerus fixus60plaatsen
honoursheeft honours track

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.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • 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
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).


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opbouwThe 90 ECTS curriculum is 55% academic theory and 45% journalism skills. The academic theory courses include theoretical specializations such as Journalism and Political Culture, and Global Journalism, research seminars looking at topics such as News and Audiences and of course a Master's Thesis. The journalism skills courses include topics like international reporting, feature writing, television, online journalism and live radio. A two month internship with a news organization is optional.
1e jaar The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies.
Journalism Studies 1: Theory
5 EC
Journalism Studies 2: Methodology
5 EC
Journalism Skills III
5 EC
Journalism Skills I
5 EC
Journalism Skills II
5 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 Optional courses

Students choose one of two theoretical specializations and one of two topical Research Seminars during the first year.

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.


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. However, there is no possibility to do an exchange 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 kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 11700
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 12500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)

Please follow the steps in the Admission Guide Journalism/Journalistiek.

toelaatbare profielen

aanvullende vakeisen
For students with a Dutch BA diploma a package of 30 ECTS credits of courses in the (premaster)minor Journalism (University of Groningen) is recommended, 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 with an explanation as to why they are important. The admission test will be sent to the student via email after the diploma has been validated (in case of a non-Dutch diploma). The student has 5 business days to do the test and return it to the secretariat. In some cases students might be invited to do an interview. The deadline for applying is June 1.

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.

In your motivation letter you explain why you want to pursue a career in journalism, what previous experience in journalism you have, what you expect from the programme and why you are the right student for this track.

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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


105 studenten volgen deze opleiding
56% daarvan is vrouw
7 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
71% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


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.
MESA is the study association of the bachelor of Media Studies. The association aims to help the cultural and academic growth of its members as well as improve contact between them. Additionally, the association plays a vital role in promoting and introducing the bachelor to both new and prospective students

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

Giacinto Bottone
“The Master in journalism at the University of Groningen is a complete master mixing both the practical and the theory aspect of the profession.”

My main interest for journalist came from my passion for movies, especially my interest in film criticism. However, being from Venezuela, I have experienced many situations in which the importance and necessity of journalism are highlighted and put in question, which make me expand my interest on the field.

The Master in journalism at the University of Groningen is a complete master mixing both the practical and the theory aspect of the profession. It not only prepares you for an academic track, but also trains you as a journalist in the field, with tight deadlines and weekly stories...
It is a very demanding master, and you will be expected to take at least 40 hours a week for it, sometimes even more. The University of Groningen offers a diverse environment and the journalism master is not an exception. Not only the professors come from all over the world, but in the English track you share the classroom with several other cultures, which makes the experience so much more gratifying, so you also get a taste of different customs and traditions.

lees verder ...
Newsroom Journalism
‎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.

lees verder ...


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1/7 RUG
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
71% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
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71% vrouw
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3/7 RUG
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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10% Engelstalig
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71% vrouw
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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63% vrouw
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€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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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 online. In addition, you can become a media or journalism researcher at a university or with a private research institute. Positions in public relations or communication are also possibilities.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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.

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