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Master programme in investigative journalism (MIJ)

Start: Autumn. Language of instruction: English.
Academic credits: 60 hec

The one-year Master's programme in investigative journalism (MIJ) provides 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 is tailored to those seeking to sharpen and expand their journalistic skills, while also providing essential tools and understanding for campaigners, activists, NGOs, charities, and anyone with an interest in using the potential of modern media to hold the powerful to account.

The need for investigative journalism has never been greater. Globalisation has placed 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. Journalists, the watchdogs of democracy, cannot be limited to national borders but 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. The Master's programme in investigative journalism (MIJ) develops these techniques within the broader context of investigative journalism as an essential aspect of democracy. The program provides knowledge and skills in investigative journalism in digital environments, with specialisation in international perspectives, data journalism and high-impact digital publishing.

More about the program's learning objectives, structure and courses


“When I first moved to Gothenburg it felt like I was in a northern wilderness on the edge of the planet. How wrong I was! Sweden's second city generates a constant stream of stories of international significance. On the Master's at JMG we begin by introducing students to the news environment in the city from the point of view of foreign news outlets. Last week a senior journalist at the Associated Press called me to ask if I was interested in helping them cover Scandinavia. During the conversation I found myself frequently talking about the work Master's students at JMG have been doing in their first semester, because it fits very well with what the AP is looking for. As a practicing freelance writer for the Guardian and other newspapers, I find that teaching improves my own journalism and inspires me to do more.”

David Crouch, one of the head teachers at the programme and also a freelance writer for the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times

“Journalists of today cannot be limited to national borders, which demands an overall understanding of the international arena and knowledges of how conditions for investigative reporting differ between countries. The curriculum focuses on these issues, but equally important are the experiences and ideas the students exchange during the programme, as well as the networks they create when studying together. That will be very useful for them in the future. This process has been quite amazing to observe and be a part of and I’m excited to follow this class to their exams and to welcome a new one in August.”

Jenny Wiik, programme coordinator, about the first batch of students at the programme.

Page Manager: Jenny Wiik|Last update: 11/14/2017

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