Master course

The master course Science Journalism is characterized by the combination of theory (research orientation) and practice (job orientation). Whereas the bachelor phase is distinguished by practical journalistic training, the master course puts the emphasis on the scientific education. The graduate studies should enable the students to scientifically work on their own in science journalism, particularly with reference to their second subject. Besides, the students should further improve their faculties to investigate matters of natural sciences, technology and medicine and to report about these subjects appropriately. On this basis, the students should be able to work in journalism also in executive positions, especially in news media.

The two-term master course Science Journalism includes three components with a total of 60 credits:

  • study unit science journalism (24 credits)
  • second subject (6 credits)
  • master’s thesis with accompanying seminars (30 credits).

The study unit science journalism includes the three modules organizational management in editorial offices, advanced empirical social research and elective (science) journalistic courses.

As second subjects there are the same options as in the bachelor phase, which are:

  • natural sciences,
    either with focus on biosciences/medicine or with focus on physics
  • engineering sciences,
    either with focus on mechanical engineering or with focus on electrical engineering
  • data analysis/statistics.

It is recommended to resume the second subject of the bachelor studies. The courses can be chosen from a braod offer.

The master thesis plays a major role in the master course, since it accounts for half the credits. The topic of the final exam should be closely related to the courses that were chosen in the second subject. The thesis is to be finished within four months and should not exceed 120 pages.

Important information

  • Admission


    The master course strongly relies on the practical journalistic experience and the technical knowledge of the bachelor course. Thus the Bachelor degree in science journalism with final grade better than 2,5 and a one-year editorial traineeship are obligatory conditions for enrolling in the master course.

    Having learnt the basics in the bachelor programme the master students can choose their courses from a broad offer in order to set the foci they prefer.

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