Programme

The Mundus Journalism programme consists of a common year for all students at Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and a second specialism year at one of the programme's other four European partners. Some students also have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of the programme's non-European partner universities during the second semester of the first year.

In all, the programme:

  • gives a thorough knowledge of globalisation from a political science and media studies perspective
  • establishes a strong methodological foundation for both scientific and journalistic knowledge production
  • explores how technology, politics, economics and business and culture intersect within the profession of journalism
  • combines theory and practice to produce a more analytical journalism fit for the changing global environment
  • results in a substantive piece of theoretically-informed and empirical thesis work within one of the following fields:
    • Business and Financial Journalism (City University, London)
    • War and Conflict (Swansea University)
    • Media and Politics (University of Amsterdam)
    • Journalism and Media across Cultures (University of Hamburg)

After completing the 2-year programme students will be awarded either a dual or joint MA degree depending on their specialism university.

You will find in-depth course information on the right hand side of this page, covering year one in Aarhus, the first-year study abroad opportunities, and the year two specialisms

 

Module 1: September 5 - September 30.
Exam: September 30 - October 6: REPORTING GLOBAL CHANGE

Module 2: October 7 – December 9.
Exam: December 9-16: GLOBALISATION AND WORLD ORDER

Module 3: October 8/9 – December 8.
Exam: December 1-8: GLOBALISATION, CULTURE AND ROLES OF THE MEDIA

Module 4: January 12 – February 20.
Exam: February 23: SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODS FOR JOURNALIST

Module 5: March 2 – April 24.
Exam: April 17-24: RESEARCHING JOURNALISM

Module 6: April 29 – June 12.
Exam: June 5-12: ANALYTICAL JOURNALISM

 

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM

SEMESTER 3:
31 August 2015 - 29 January 2016

  • Communicating Europe
    6 ECTS
  • Journalism and the Media
    12 ECTS
  • Transformations in European Media, Journalism & Governance
    6 ECTS
  • Dissertation module: Methods and statistics tailored to thesis
    6 ECTS

SEMESTER 4:
1 February 2016 - 24 June 2016

  • Thesis deadline: 24 June 2016
  • Graduation ceremony: October 2016


MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS
(Thesis elective 6 ECTS; Academic Thesis 18 ECTS: Journalistic Thesis 6 ECTS)

FORMAT
- APA style article with approximately 25 pages
- Journalistic product; the length of this product depends on the media outlet chosen.

AIM/CONTENT
Writing a thesis is, above all, a means of increasing one's understanding and knowledge of a particular problem area relevant to communication science. It is also a test of the competency in skills that may be required later in a professional setting, including structuring, developing and writing a clear and systematic research report and choosing an appropriate journalistic medium to present the findings of the empirical thesis to society. This implies that knowledge, insights, skills and attitudes acquired in the earlier parts of the programme are combined in the writing of the thesis.

Students are encouraged to write their thesis in APA style article form with approximately 25 pages text (double spaced); there is an option of writing a monograph, longer style thesis if the projects warrants this. The thesis will also comprise a journalistic product; the length of this product depends on the media outlet chosen and does not count towards the 25 pages.

 

UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG

SEMESTER 3:
1 October 2015 - 31 March 2016
(Courses run from 12 October - 30 January. Christmas holiday: 20 December - 3 January)

  • Media Systems and Journalism Cultures
    10 ECTS
  • Processes of Transcultural Communication
    10 ECTS
  • Research Module in Journalism Studies
    10 ECTS

SEMESTER 4:
1 April 2016 - 30 September 2016

  • Thesis deadline: TBC
  • Graduation ceremony: TBC


MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS

(Academic Thesis 27 ECTS: MA tutorial 3 ECTS)

FORMAT
- Length: 80 –100 pages (plus references and appendices)
- 2-3 day tutorial: Presentation and discussion of thesis project(usually takes place end of March).

AIM/CONTENT
In this thesis, the ability to conduct independent academic research in the areas taught during the two years must be shown. The topic of the master’s thesis should be an independent contribution to the material of the degree program. Preferably, the thesis is an academic paper examining a problem, which has arisen from, or has a connection with the modules taught in the Hamburg specialisation.

The time period for the writing of the master’s thesis is six months. It begins once the thesis topic has been issued, the time and date of which will be noted in the student’s file.

 

CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

SEMESTER 3:
21 September – 11 December 2015

  • Global capitalism: Past, Present, Future
    10 ECTS
  • World of Business Journalism
    10 ECTS
  • World of Financial Journalism
    10 ECTS

SEMESTER 4:4 January 2016 - 31 May 2016

  • Thesis deadline: 3 May 2016
  • Graduation ceremony: July 2016


MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS

FORMAT
- Journalistic product: 6000 words or 7 mins of TV or 15 mins of radio
- Reflection report: 6000 words.

AIM/CONTENT
To identify and research thoroughly a subject of the student’s own choice, on an original theme and which is worthy of sustained journalistic inquiry.

To communicate the findings in a journalistic way, appropriate to the medium and the target audience, to a brief and to deadline.

To identify from this exercise an aspect of journalistic practice or the profession of journalism worthy of sustained research.

To investigate, collect evidence, evaluate and critically analyse the journalistic/professional issues identified.
To communicate findings in a properly referenced in-depth academic essay.

 

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

SEMESTER 3:
14 September 2015 - 22 January 2016

  • History of war Reporting
    10 ECTS
  • Risk Reporting
    10 ECTS
  • Reporting Terrorism and Political Conflict (to be updated on the website)
    10 ECTS

SEMESTER 4:
5 January 2016 - 10 June 2016

  • Thesis deadline: 10 June 2016
  • Graduation ceremony: January 2017


MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS

FORMAT
- One sustained piece of work of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

AIM/CONTENT
The dissertation enables students to engage in long-term, in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the department.

On completion of the dissertation you will have:

• Developed the ability to organise and present a report on a detailed area of study in the field of war, conflict and the media;
• Deepened your knowledge and understanding of the subject under investigation;
• Enhanced your understanding of the research process;
• Increase your understanding of research methods and your ability to apply them to a field of research;
• Furthered your critical appreciation of the role of journalism and the media in relation to war and conflict.