Master's programme in Investigative Journalism
You will get a rich understanding of investigative journalism as a democratic phenomenon, plus the skills to conceive, design and conduct effective journalistic investigations in today’s media environments.
The programme focuses on investigative, cross-border collaborations, data journalism and vizualisations. Research and fact checking are essential parts.
You will expand your journalistic and team-working skills, develop your digital competences and methods to hold the powerful to account.
About the programme
Journalists are the watchdogs of democracy. With globalization placing extraordinary pressures on human societies, posing unprecedented threats from pollution, transnational criminals, rogue states and terror networks, climate change, and the actions of powerful figures in business and politics, the need for investigative journalism has never been greater.
Journalists are now forced to extend their investigations internationally. These developments demand a new understanding of how conditions for investigative reporting differ between countries in terms of regulation, risks, and the nature of corruption at all levels of society. They also require new journalistic methods, techniques, and transnational collaborations.
Preparing you for a changing industry
The Master’s Programme in Investigative Journalism (MIJ) provides knowledge and skills in investigative journalism in digital environments, with specialization in international collaborations, data journalism, and digital publishing.
The programme is well established in the journalistic profession and the news industry, and developed in consultation with them. The goal is to prepare you for a changing news business through optimizing knowledge and skills that are essential, but also fundamental journalistic values and ethics. You will develop the skills to monitor transnational institutions, business, and politics.
Combining practice with theory
Theoretical and practical perspectives are integrated through all the courses. We have an explicit pedagogical goal of moving away from the distinction between the academic and professional spheres that so often characterize vocational programmes. This is expressed by emphasizing the methodological and problematizing aspects of journalism, as well as the possibilities of applying scientific perspectives and research for journalistic purposes.
This goal is also highlighted in the choice we provide you for your final degree project, which can be carried out as an investigative journalistic project or as an academic thesis.
Each demands high requirements in using theoretical perspectives to formulate a relevant hypothesis, choosing the most suitable method to investigate it, and presenting the results with maximum impact.
The course is campus-based and built around the student’s active involvement.
The programme is suitable for journalists or others engaged in societal issues. We welcome students with a diverse background.
Please note that the teaching is in English.
Programme structure and content
The programme runs over one year and consists of four mandatory courses given at full pace and combine theory with the appliance.
Investigative Journalism in Digital Environments introduces basic techniques and approaches of investigative, cross-border journalism, identifying its most important trends and examining its cultural context.
Data Journalism and Visualization addresses data literacy, as gathering, questioning, cleaning and analyzing data with a journalistic purpose, and communicating the stories with different types of data vizualisations. It provides hands-on opportunities to practice programming and different tools. The course provides a theoretical perspective on data journalism.
Investigative Journalism Across Borders focuses on cross-border collaborative journalism in theory and practice, team work and project planning.
Master's Thesis or Project in Investigative Journalism. The programme concludes with a degree project in investigative journalism, carried out as either an academic thesis or an investigative journalistic project.