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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Science Journalism

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 8 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st to the 6th program semester
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further in­for­mation Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

What does my smartphone give away about me? Whom does the new cancer therapy help? Can electric cars help to combat climate change? Science, medicine and technology are becoming increasingly im­por­tant for our everyday lives – and for politics. Recipients are dependent on competent reporting: Journalists who not only deliver gripping reports from the laboratory and the hospital but also provide the bigger picture, recognize progress and warn of hype.

From the outset, the Bachelor’s program com­bines journalistic skills (re­search, interview train­ing, courses at the train­ing newsroom, media law, journalism re­search, ethics) with knowledge in a second subject. Students can choose between Medicine & Life Sciences, Physics, Technical Journalism or Data Journalism. They learn to assess scientific developments competently not only against the background of their specific field but also in the respective structural and political setting.

A one-year journalism traineeship with a re­nowned media company is an integral part of the program.

Knowledge and skills

Train­ing at the In­sti­tute of Journalism is highly practice-oriented and customized to the field of journalism. That is why applicants must produce proof of a six-week internship as a prerequisite for enrollment before commencing the program. The internship allows them to see whether they really enjoy journalism. In addition, they are then already familiar with editorial office procedures.

Prospective journalists should also be curious and thorough, friendly and open-minded. They should enjoy lan­guage and topics from the natural sciences, technology and medicine. Solid school knowledge in natural science subjects is highly recommended. Journalism is, so to speak, the luxury of being on a lifelong train­ing course: If you want to know something, you can ask and you will get an answer.

Professional fields

In the first instance, the program trains students for jobs in journalism. Most graduates work as permanent employees or freelance journalists for public media. Others work in public relations for re­search in­sti­tu­ti­ons and companies, as researchers, in politics or in the field of corporate consulting. Overall, media are at the moment in a phase of transition.

Media use is changing as a result of digitalization and editorial teams are calling for new ideas, concepts and practices. This is accompanied by new career models, for which students are prepared through their studies.

Many journalists work as freelancers. However, like in the past some permanent posts still exist. Since students establish close contacts to media companies in the frame­work of their journalism traineeship, later career prospects are comparatively good.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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