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Master's Programme in Investigative Journalism (MIJ)

David Crouch

Programme start: Autumn.
Language of instruction: English.
Academic credits: 60 hec


Short Summary

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.

As a student of the programme, you will sharpen and expand your journalistic skills and develop the tools and understanding to use the potential of modern media 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. 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 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.

Who Should Apply?

Are you a campaigner or activist who wants to hold the powerful to account? Do you work for an NGO or charity and want to harness the potential of modern media for your cause? Do you want to learn how to conceive, design, conduct, deliver, and publish effective journalistic investigations? If you want to sharpen, deepen, and expand your journalistic skills, then apply to the one-year master’s programme in Investigative Journalism.

Requirements and Selection

Basic requirements for admission to the Master's Programme in Investigative Journalism

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 higher education credits (hec) or corresponding.
  • Applicants must have proven knowledge of English: English 6/English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS. Please see universityadmissions.se for more information about the language requirements.

Supplementary documents and selection

From among the pool of candidates deemed to be eligible, admissions decisions will be based on an overall assessment of the candidate’s academic and professional experience, and how well the program fits into the candidate’s goals broadly defined. We therefore ask that, in addition to documents related to the formal admissions criteria (i.e. transcript, degree, and, if needed, certification that you meet the language requirement), you also submit:

  1. a CV that gives an overview of your academic and employment history. 
    Since students’ individual writing skills and advanced analytical abilities are cornerstones of the Master’s programme in Investigative Journalism, the CV should include an account of previous practical writing and familiarity with social science methodologies.
  2. a Statement of Intent. Maximum word length for each document is 500 words. The Statement of Intent should address the questions below, and be well structured and written in clear and concise language. In your own words, please tell us:
  • What are your personal, and professional, aims and aspirations, and in what way do you think the MIJ programme will help you develop toward those goals?
  • What specifically in the MIJ programme structure and content attracted your interest?
  • How have your past experiences, both academic and non-academic, shaped your interest in the issues dealt with in the MIJ programme?
  • How have these experiences prepared you for the MIJ programme?


Please note that the maximum word length is 500 words each for the two documents.

Please save your CV and Letter of Intent into PDF-documents and upload them together with the rest of your documents when you submit your application. May 21st is the deadline for receipt of these documents if you apply in the second application round, February 1st if you apply in the first!

Where and how to apply

You apply for the programme via the national application system; www.universityadmissions.se. On their web site you will find more necessary information about the application process.

Application periods

First application period: For Non-EU/EEA citizens:
October 16 - January 15
Second application period: For EU/EEA citizens:
March 15 - April 15

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First application period. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second application period is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.


Cost for non-EU/EEA citizens: 129 600 SEK (15 729 USD).

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Journalism specializing in investigative journalism.



David Crouch, Course Coordinator:

“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.

Recently 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 practising 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.

Jenny Wiik, Programme Coordinator, 2016 – spring 2019:

“Journalists of today cannot be limited to national borders, which demands an overall understanding of the international arena and knowledge 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 2016-2019, about the first batch of students at the programme.

Contact information MIJ

Study Administrator
Christina Jones
Phone: 46 (0)31 786 517946 (0)31 786 5179
E-mail: christina.jones@jmg.gu.se

Programme Coordinator
Ulla Sätereie
Phone: +46 (0)31 786 4999
E-mail: ulla.satereie@jmg.gu.se


Student investigations

Already from the start, the students investigate and report.

JMG a member of GIJN

The world's largest international organization for investigative journalism

Scholarships for students

Learn about our scholarship programmes for fee-paying students.

Student life

About being a student in Gothenburg

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-04-07