Master's programme in Investigative Journalism
Do you want to get a rich understanding of investigative journalism as a democratic phenomenon, plus the skills to conceive, design, conduct, deliver and publish effective journalistic investigations in today’s digital media environments?
The programme will sharpen and expand your journalistic skills and develop your tools and understanding to use the potential of modern media to hold the powerful to account.
The programme is suitable for journalists or others engaged in organisations that monitor the power of society.
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.
Our watchdogs 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 perspectives, data journalism, and high-impact 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 in this turbulent market (data-driven journalism and visualization, project management, entrepreneurship, cross-sectional partnerships) but also fundamental journalistic values and ethics. You will develop the skills to monitor transnational institutions, business, and politics.
Combining practice with theory
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.
Please note that the teaching is in English.
For more information about the English requirements.
The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication
The programme is given at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG). Read further about the department here.
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. They take place at the campus and are built on the active involvement of the student.
- Investigative Journalism in Digital Environments introduces basic techniques and approaches of investigative journalism in digital environments, identifying its most important trends and examining its economic, cultural, and political context.
- Data Journalism and Visualization addresses statistical and database knowledge, providing hands-on opportunities to practice programming, data research, and visualization of results.
- Investigative Journalism Across Borders focuses on investigative journalism spanning borders, which has different demands for research, hypothesis testing, and source control beyond the national.
- 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.