The Mundus Journalism Master's is a two-year, truly transnational degree providing a solid foundation for analysing and reporting global changes. Building on journalistic skills, the degree offers a unique combination of journalism, media studies and the social sciences. An international consortium of universities and media outlets work closely together to run the Mundus Journalism 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.
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
31 August 2015 - 29 January 2016
- Communicating Europe
- Journalism and the Media
- Transformations in European Media, Journalism & Governance
- Dissertation module: Methods and statistics tailored to thesis
1 February 2016 - 24 June 2016
- Elective course
- Journalistic thesis
- Graduation ceremony: October 2016
MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS
(Methods and Statistics tailored to Thesis elective 6 ECTS; Academic Thesis 18 ECTS: Journalistic Thesis 6 ECTS)
- APA style article with approximately 25 pages
- Journalistic product; the length of this product depends on the media outlet chosen.
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
1 October 2015 - 31 March 2016
(Courses run from 12 October - 30 January. Christmas holiday: 20 December - 3 January)
- Media Systems and Journalism Cultures
- Processes of Transcultural Communication
- Research Module in Journalism Studies
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)
- Length: 80 –100 pages (plus references and appendices)
- 2-3 day tutorial: Presentation and discussion of thesis project(usually takes place end of March).
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
21 September – 11 December 2015
- Global capitalism: Past, Present, Future
- World of Business Journalism
- World of Financial Journalism
SEMESTER 4:4 January 2016 - 31 May 2016
- Thesis deadline: 3 May 2016
- Graduation ceremony: July 2016
MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS
- Journalistic product: 6000 words or 7 mins of TV or 15 mins of radio
- Reflection report: 6000 words.
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.
14 September 2015 - 22 January 2016
- History of War Reporting
- Risk Reporting
- Reporting Terrorism
5 January 2016 - 10 June 2016
- Thesis deadline: 10 June 2016
- Graduation ceremony: January 2017
MASTER’S THESIS 30 ECTS
- One sustained piece of work of up to 20,000 words.
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.
Fees & Funding
In 2016-18 the fees for the whole two-year course are expected to be:
€8,000 for EU nationals and
€16,000 for non-EU nationals.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
The Mundus Journalism Consortium is able to offer a limited number of ‘Erasmus Mundus’ student scholarships for students entering the programme from 2012 – 2016. The scholarships are divided into category A and B scholarships. For the 2016-18 edition of the Mundus Journalism programme the consortium will award:
Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarships for third country (non-EU) students
Category A scholarships are expected to be worth a maximum of €47,000 for the 2016-2018 programme. The fee is subtracted from the scholarship. There is free insurance for Mundus stipend holders.
Category A scholarships can be awarded to students from countries other than the 28 EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain) and the EEA-EFTA states (Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)).
Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: you are not a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in the above mentioned countries. The five-year reference period for this rule is calculated backwards as from the application submission deadline.
Additional Category A scholarships are expected to be available for a limited number of students from:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Asia (Region 6)
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Central Asia (Region 7)
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Iran, Iraq, Yemen.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law.
Irak, Iran, Yemen.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
African, Caribbean, Pacific
Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo – Democratic Republic of the, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia- Federated States of, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor Leste - Democratic Republic of, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Erasmus Mundus Category B scholarships for European (EU/EEA) students and others
Category B scholarships are expected to be worth a maximum of €34,000 for the 2016-2018 programme.
Category B scholarships can be awarded to any student who does not fulfill the criteria for a Category A scholarship. The Category B scholarships are connected to the ‘Study Abroad’ programme at our non-European partners (Please find further details in the application form).
European students who are granted a Mundus scholarship will have to study module 5 and 6 in the spring semester at one of our global partner universities: University of California at Berkeley; University of Technology Sydney; and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (also Module 4 in Chile).
General EU rules for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Students fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B (eg. students with a double nationality) must select the Category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.
Students must have obtained a first higher education degree before the course start of the Mundus Journalism.
Individuals who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a Master's programme are not eligible for a second scholarship for another Erasmus Mundus Master's programme.
Students benefiting from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship cannot benefit from another European Commission grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus Master’s studies.
Erasmus+ stipends (all students can apply)
All Mundus Journalism students can apply for Erasmus+ stipends for the second year of their Master’s studies. Information and assistance on the Erasmus+ stipends will be provided at Aarhus University after the start of the course. The stipend is about 230 Euros per month for 10 months. So far all eligible students have received this stipend.
Erasmus+ Masters Loans
Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment
The loan scheme is being established in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (Part of the EIB Group) and will be gradually rolled out across the Erasmus+ programme countries over the first few years of the programme.
The loan is up to €18,000 for a two-year Master's course.
Students should apply directly to participating banks or student loan agencies. MicroBank in Spain is the first bank to participate, targeting both outgoing and incoming Master students.
The Erasmus+ Master Loan Scheme was launched in mid-June 2015, with a gradual roll-out across the Erasmus+ programme countries. As more banks participate, an updated list of participating banks and student loan companies will be published onhttp://ec.europa.eu/education/opportunities/higher-education/masters-loans_en.htm
University specific scholarships
To apply for the Mundus Journalism programme you will have to fill in an online application form as well as sending an email with a PDF version of the required documents. Please download the appropriate application form, fill it in and submit it, preferably using the most current version of Adobe Reader (using an older version or other reader software has previously resulted in problems). To submit the form, click on the Submit button that is found at the bottom of the form.
Should you have problems submitting your data despite using the most recent version of Adobe Reader, please check that you have entered data in all required fields.
Please be aware that the configuration of your computer may also cause problems in some cases. If you have checked possible causes (reader version, required fields) and still every attempt to submit your data has failed, you might try submitting your application from behind a proxy-server (for example in a corporate environment). In this case, please contact your network administrator.
Your application is only complete if you ‘submit’ the application form as well as email it to us including all the required documents. This YouTube tutorial provides more information.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 10, 2016.
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Who should I contact if I have any questions?
If at any time you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, we will be happy to guide you. Please contact:Bettina AndersenErasmus Mundus CoordinatorAarhus University, DenmarkE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +45 87 162025
Required application documents
Please download the appropriate PDF application form and save it on your computer before filling it in.
Please fill in the online application form and submit it online by clicking on the Submit button that is found at the bottom of the form. (Please be aware that it is necessary to use a current version of Adobe Reader to submit the application form.) After submitting the form you will receive a confirmation page with an ID-number. Please print out this confirmation page as well as the filled out application form. Sign the application and include the documents within the application package. The package should then be emailed to the appropriate address.
Please include all university transcripts and diplomas/certificates. Completed and official graduation certificates and transcripts of all previous colleges or university studies must be submitted. All transcripts or academic records must be official documents provided in the original language. If that language is not English, they must also be accompanied by certified translations. Applicants who are currently finishing a degree and haven’t yet received an official university graduation certificate are required to submit an official transcript for all semesters completed to the present time. Such students must also provide an official statement from their current university stating the expected date of graduation and degree to be awarded.
Proof of experience: In order to provide proof of your work as a professional journalist, a current or previous employer needs to supply a signed document that states the employment period.
Work samples: Please submit three articles or other samples of your journalistic work, preferably in English. You can include Internet addresses instead if your work is available on the web. Do not submit more than three articles or equivalent. If your samples are not in English, please include a short English summary (you are welcome to make that summary yourself). If your journalism work samples cannot be included in a PDF file (e.g. radio or TV samples on cd/dvd), please include detailed information on your samples. If needed the Mundus Consortium might ask you to forward these samples by postal mail.
IELTS certificate or other documentation of language skills. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide original test scores for the IELTS (academic) English language test (we only accept IELTS tests). The minimum score required is 7.0. See the IELTS website at www.ielts.org for details of test centres. Please include the test document with the application package instead of sending it directly to us. We will ask for the original documentation if you are offered enrolment.
DELE certificate or other documentation of Spanish language skills. Applicants interested in studying at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile must submit a Diploma de Español como Lengua Estranjera (DELE); the minimum requirement is level B2, see http://www.dele.org/.
Please provide us with a summary (max. 2 pages) of your educational and professional work experience, listing any special achievements or qualifications, and/or possible publications. For an example please see the Europass. Please note that we do NOT require a photo.
Academic and journalistic reference letters
We require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Preferably you should submit an academic reference, i.e. from a university official (e.g. dean, former professor, department head or faculty advisor) acquainted with your work, and one professional reference from a former employer.- Download sample letter of recommendation – academic- Download sample letter of recommendation – professional
In order to learn more about you as a candidate, we’d like you to answer the following 4 questions. Though short, your answers will be evaluated not only on their content, but also on their writing style, quality, and clarity. Please include your answers to all four questions in one document, within your application packet.
1. Regarding your first-ranked specialism choice [either Business & Financial Journalism (London), War & Conflict (Swansea), Journalism & Media Across Cultures (Hamburg), or Media & Politics (Amsterdam)], how has your professional experience prepared you for this specialism? (200 words max)
2. How has your academic past prepared you for this specialism? (200 words max)
3. What do you hope to do in your future career, and how, concretely, do you think the program as a whole (both years 1 and 2) will help you achieve that goal? (200 words max)
4. Below are a few questions about the role and future of journalism and media in society. Please address one of the statements in a short essay (350 words max), in which you take a clear position and argue in support of it.
(a) What is the most important function of journalism in your country?
(b) What is the biggest threat to journalism in your country?
(c) How is technology changing the role of journalists in your country?
(d) What role should journalists and media professionals play in contemporary global issues, like the global economic crisis, international refugee crisis, or climate change? Please choose (only) one issue to discuss.
Documentation on your nationality/nationalities
We need copies of passport(s), proving nationality. If you have double citizenship, please include documentation for both.
Disabled applicants are encouraged to include as much information as possible regarding their needs with their application.
- Your application form MUST be completed on a computer and submitted electronically in order for it to be received by our database. To submit the form, click on the Submit button that is found at the bottom of the form. You will receive confirmation if your submission was successful. Do not fill in the application form by hand. Make sure that you include your correct e-mail address. Follow all the instructions carefully to ensure your application is correct and complete.
- Then, a print version of the application form and all the other documents must be combined into ONE PDF file. NB: The size of the PDF must not exceed 10 MB. Please find information on how to minimize the PDF size when scanning here.
- The name/title of the PDF file must be your full name and the application category (Category A, or Category B). For example: Hannah Maria Taylor – Category B.
- Please attach the PDF file to an e-mail, which should be sent to one of these e-mail addresses depending on your choice of specialism.
- Media and Politics at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands – email@example.com
- Business and Financial Journalism at City University London, England - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Journalism and Media Across Cultures at University of Hamburg, Germany – email@example.com
- War and Conflict at Swansea University, Wales - firstname.lastname@example.org
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