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Master (1 Subject)

Music Journalism


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

Short profile

In the framework of the Master’s program, students deepen and expand the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their Bachelor’s degree. On the one hand, they reflect deeper on musical contents and examine how these are interpreted in practice and on the other hand innovative projects sharpen their outlook.

An integral part of the Master’s program is an internship lasting four to six months at a music-centric institution. This practical phase concentrates both on the journalism side (print, radio, TV, internet) as well as the provider side (opera houses and concert halls, event organizers, orchestras, agencies, festival organizers, record labels, music publishers, etc.). Training has a sound theoretical base and keeps in view the specificities of professional practice in music journalism and music education in a wider sense. In the practical part of the program, students can test the skills they have acquired in concrete scenarios. This practical phase should chiefly take place in institutions and companies that are already working closely together with the departments. Excellent cooperation exists with the cultural radio channel WDR3. Students can submit their own speculative and individual applications.

Students then reflect from a scientific perspective on the knowledge gained in their practical work within advanced tutorials on the subject of specialist journalism. The topic of the Master’s thesis at the end of the program can be linked with this practical phase. The Master’s degree entitles students – provided they have achieved outstanding results – to pursue subsequent doctoral studies.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Music Journalism is a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree in Music Journalism (with a final cumulative grade of at least 2.4) or a Bachelor’s degree recognized as equivalent by the Examination Committee as well as an internship in a journalistic institution lasting at least two months. In the case of poorer grades, the Examination Committee may decide on the basis of a selection interview.

Professional fields

Music journalists can work in many areas to do with music and journalism: The spectrum ranges from print media, radio, television, internet and media agencies to music publishers and labels, research institutes or publishing houses as well as in public relations work for opera houses and concert halls.

Students may also commence doctoral studies after completing this Master’s degree.

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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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