Master in Journalism

Education objectives

The study cycle is structured so that at the end of the course, the student demonstrates:
1. capacity to develop theoretical knowledge about the mechanisms in the journalism field.
2. know-how and ability of understanding and solving problems, in wide and multidisciplinary contexts, applying them to the development of a journalistic project, autonomously or inside an organization.
3. to understand the challenges created by new technologies and by the changes in the organizations, in media and in the journalism field.
4. depth knowledge about journalism discourses and the media languages in different platforms.
5. understanding of the processes of interaction between journalists and several social factors in diverse situations.
6. ability to clearly communicate the conclusions of his/her research before a panel of experts and non-experts.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to the cycle of studies which leads to a Doctorate Degree. For the specific access conditions, consult the regulations governing the doctoral programmes at NOVA FCSH.


Dora dos Santos Silva

Opening date





1300 Euros/year or 2700 Euros/year (foreign students)


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Length: 3 semesters.
Total credits: 90 credits (60 in course units of the study programme + 30 in the non-taught component).
Types of non-taught component: Dissertation, Project Work, Practical Work Experience with Report.

The degree of «mestre» corresponds to the level 7 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: - to hold a licenciado degree or legal equivalent; - to hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH; -to hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

A final grade, expressed as a number between 10 and 20 on a scale of 0 to 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded for the post-graduate diploma. The final grade of the post-graduate diploma is the average, by credit, of the grades obtained in the course units in which the student obtained the 60 credits from the taught part of the Masters course. A final grade, expressed as a number between 10 and 20 on a scale of 0 to 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded for the Masters degree. The final grade of the Masters degree will be the average of the final grade of the taught part of the course, weighted to 40%, and the grade awarded to the dissertation, project work or work experience with report.


Elective Options 1
Code Name ECTS
722011047 Journalistic Writing 10.0
02107282 Journalistic Investigation: audio challenges 10.0
02108016 Journalistic Investigation: visual challenges 10.0
02107260 Specialised Journalism 10.0
722011066 New Narratives in the Media 10.0
722011076 Contemporary Issues in Journalism 10.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 50
Rule that allows enrollment in a maximum of 10 ECTS from the available 2ºnd cycle offer from NOVA FCSH or other University