The M.A. in Journalism is the next stage in a university education geared towards high-quality journalism. The one-year course centers on the thorough exploration of current journalistic topics from a practical and scientific perspective. The close dovetailing of practice and theory allows deeper academic reflection on/discussion of questions and challenges related to professional practice.
In the first semester, students work both empirically and theoretically on central and current fields of research and theory. The Master’s tutorials additionally offer scope for an ongoing discourse on current social and scientific questions. In two modules spanning both semesters, students deal on the one hand with questions related to professional practice and theory in journalism and to quality and editorial management. The second two-semester module, on the other hand, is devoted to international perspectives in journalism and takes into account the developments underway in journalism, namely that communication today is no longer something that takes place within confined national boundaries. The program ends with the Master’s thesis.
Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Journalism is a Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a comparable subject with a final cumulative grade of at least 2.5 and a successfully completed journalism traineeship. This must last 24 months unless it was completed during the Bachelor’s program, in which case 12 months are sufficient.
In the first instance, the program trains students for positions in journalism. However, graduates of the Institute of Journalism also work in public relations, corporate communication or consulting, and politics. 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. Many journalists work as freelancers. However, like in the past some permanent posts still exist and – thanks to their links as a result of the journalism traineeship and the Institute’s partners in the media industry – prospects are quite good. A Master’s degree can be an advantage when applying for jobs.
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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”.