Journalism and Society


The Master in Communication Sciences is a scientific formation tailored to today’s job market. The realm of mass communication is extensively covered: both classical mass media (press, radio, television and film) as well as new communication technologies. Each of these are approached from several domains: sociological, psychological, historical, judicial, cultural and political economical.

Students acquire the necessary research skills to perform scientific research independently. In this broad academic programme there is also enough room for more practice-oriented issues, courtesy of the extensive input of guest lecturers from the professional world.

The specialisation in Journalism and Society offers students the opportunity to gain thorough and valuable insight into the societal role of journalism. The programme focuses on scientific research in the tradition of ‘journalism studies’ but at the same time presents students with an introduction to the professional domain. This specialisation is supported by the Center for Journalism Studies (CJS).

Obligatory courses

  • In the course ‘Journalistic Practices I’ students develop and explore their journalistic skills under guidance of teaching assistants from the professional field.
  • ‘Contemporary Aspects of Journalism’ dedicates a lot of attention to the selection and evaluation process of news sources as well as the organisation and functioning of newsrooms.
  • The Workshop Master’s dissertation prepares students for the actual Master’s dissertation.

Elective courses and Internship

Additional elective courses such as Politics & Media, Media Sociology, Television Studies and Journalistic Practices II give students the ability to customise the programme based on their own interests. Lectures give students a broad introduction to the field of ‘journalism studies’.

At the same time, there are several guest speakers and practical assignments, guided by professional journalists. Traditional journalism geared towards newspapers, weeklies and audiovisual media is covered here. But apart from that, the programme also covers online journalism, social media and types of innovative journalistic formats such as data journalism.

Further exploration of the professional field is possible through an internship or in the ‘Journalistic Practices II’ course. The specialisation Journalism and Society offers students the chance to intern at a wide variety of companies. People with an inclination towards both the practical and research can find an internship at a wide array of media companies and research institutions. That said, the curriculum retains a focus on the academic.

Labour market

Graduates of the specialisation Journalism and Society are employed in a large number of fields and a broad spectrum of companies and institutions. They can work in the media industry, at advertising agencies as well as in new and social media companies. Companies outside of the broad media domain also employ communication scientists to guide their internal and external communication processes.

Some graduates opt for a career in (scientific) research, while others choose to continue their education to gain employment in an education setting. Several administrative services; the sociocultural sector and policy institutions also actively look for communication scientists.