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Master (1 Subject)

Economics & Journalism


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The objective of the two-year Master’s program in Economics & Journalism is to train experts for economic policy practice. Accordingly, it targets outstanding economics graduates. It is also open to graduates of the B.A. in Economic Policy Journalism at TU Dortmund University.

Apart from specializing in economics, for which students have the broad portfolio of programs run by TU Dortmund University and Ruhr University Bochum at their disposal, students learn the techniques of journalistic communication. Whether TV, radio, print or online: All E&J Master’s students take part in courses at the training newsroom. In addition, there are courses geared to the special requirements of this field of work. Collaboration with the Dortmund Center for data-based Media Analysis (DoCMA), where economic policy discourse is dissected using big data methods, additionally opens up opportunities for students to participate in research projects.

Students can choose between two profiles with different admission requirements, which differ in particular with regard to the journalism part of the program: The Economic-policy Quality Journalism profile is tailor-made for graduates of Bachelor’s programs in macroeconomics as well as graduates who have not completed a journalism traineeship and wish to deepen their academic knowledge of macroeconomics and economic policy at Master’s level and at the same time acquire professional skills in economic policy journalism. The Economic-policy Quality Journalism profile is directed in particular at those economics graduates who have additionally already completed a journalism traineeship.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Economics & Journalism is a Bachelor’s degree in an economics program with a focus on macroeconomics or a comparable qualification.  

Applicants wishing to study the “Economic-policy Quality Journalism” profile must additionally have completed a journalism traineeship qualifying them for the profession.

Professional fields

Graduates of the Economic-policy Quality Journalismprofile can later work either as specialized journalists in the field of economic policy or in other areas of macroeconomics where the communication of macroeconomics topics to laypersons plays an important role. This is because the ability to communicate macroeconomics topics in a way that is generally understandable and uses different media channels is very important in many of the traditional professional fields where economists are found. Such professional fields, beyond journalism itself, include above all public relations work for institutions with an economic policy focus, such as public authorities, national and regional governments, associations and organizations, chambers of industry and commerce, economic research institutes, banks, financial institutions and the insurance sector, etc.

The Economic-policy Quality Journalism profile is an ideal springboard for work in the editorial departments of nationwide daily or weekly newspapers and business journals, with political news and business magazines or on the economics and politics desks of public broadcasting companies.

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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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