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About the programme
GPA 2017: 7
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Heidi Bonnet Jensen, cand.public.

Journalist with specialist knowledge

With effect from autumn 2007, the Centre for University Studies in Journalism (CJU) is offering a Master’s degree programme in journalism that targets students with a Bachelor’s degree from either a university or the Danish School of Journalism.

This Master’s degree meets the media industry’s need for journalists with academic skills and specialist knowledge, as well as excellent reflective and innovative communication skills at a professional journalistic level.


A Master’s degree in journalism counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and has two tracks:

  • Society, Culture and Media: A two-year advanced studies programme in social science for Bachelors of journalism.
  • Analytical journalism: Two years of journalism studies for university Bachelors in a social science or humanistic subject.

The university track targets Bachelors with a degree in journalism who wish to complete an advanced studies programme in either social science or art, culture and literature.

The journalism track targets Bachelors with a university degree in a humanistic or social science subject who wish to complete a Master’s degree with a journalistic perspective.

The Master’s degree programme is offered in collaboration between the Danish School of Journalism and the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Aarhus. It is an interdisciplinary degree programme that integrates a comprehensive range of academic competences including journalistic tools and communication skills.


Admission requirements

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Journalism (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations.


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Student life

The Master’s degree programme in journalism is taught at both the University of Aarhus and the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and both institutions have numerous social and academic activities in which you can take part:

  • The University of Aarhus has a wide range of events for students – e.g. lectures, intro days and career days, seminars, celebrations, Friday bars and sports days.
  • Students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism organise celebrations and Friday bars you can attend.
  • KAJ stands for Kredsen af Journaliststuderende (the Journalism Student Group) and represents the students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. KAJ gives you an opportunity to influence your degree programme, and members also receive a press card and a journal called Journalisten (The Journalist).

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Job profile

The most common career paths for journalism graduates are:

  • Journalist: You can take on conventional journalism jobs and functions such as an editor or staff member in specialised departments.
  • Communication officer and media adviser: The degree programme also qualifies you to undertake information and press functions in private and public sector companies.
  • Intermediator: With your background in journalism, you can relay your specialised knowledge at a high level within the academic world.
  • Teacher: As a graduate of journalism, you can teach students and researchers how to communicate their academic knowledge, and teach people in the media world how to participate in academic debates.

Competence profile

A Master’s degree programme in journalism gives you competences in the following areas:

  • Communication: You are familiar with journalistic theory and practice and have a high level of specialised knowledge, and can therefore communicate with all target groups in both the media industry and the academic world.
  • Teaching and consultancy: During your studies, you work with coaching and concept development. Some of this work is in the form of group projects and you become qualified to teach and advise both academics and journalists.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office

for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.