Master's Degree Journalism and contemporary history

Diploma in agreement with l’Université d’Artois

2-year master’s degree in journalism and Contemporary History

label diplôme national de master contrôlé par l'état


This Master’s aims at training professional journalists, able to combine a high level of general knowledge, practical skills and an awareness of the social responsibilities of the media. The classes are conceived to meet these expectations.

Technical skills require the mastery of different tools inherent to the journalist’s job today, either software programmes or equipment for filming, sound recording and editing. Most journalists being required to work with different sorts of media, this degree offers technical introduction to the numerous methods used to transmit the news and to different writing techniques. This theoretical and technical training allows the students to quickly get involved in reporting current events and to fully enter the media sphere.

Being aware of the main pressure’s journalists encounter daily is another objective, something the students will learn during their work placements. These constraints can be technical, economic, legal, but also sociological, ethical or ideological.

Language of instruction: French, plus Spanish or German


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4 to 6 months-long internships

picto séminaires scientifiques et professionnels

MediaLab TV an radio studios

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Journalists and professional's intervention


  • Investigation 
  • History and geopolitics
  • Ethics and media law 
  • Community management 
  • Journalistic writing and style
  • Reporting techniques
  • Writing press, TV, radio, photography, web
  • Language: english + 12 options available 
  • Fact-checking, critical mind


students per class


teaching hours per week

4 to 6

months-long internships

Entry Requirement

Linked to the History department because of their common research methodology and way of analysing facts, this master’s degree is designed for Humanities graduates (Modern Languages, Media and Communication, History, French etc.). However, students that have graduated in other disciplines (Science, Economics, Law) can also register for this course and use their knowledge and skills to turn towards specialist journalism.

Any holder of a French bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) can register for this Masters.

Students speaking French as a foreign language must prove they master the French language and that they have the European level C1.

What next?

Graduates can join an editorial board at the end of their degree thanks to their mastery of journalism techniques and general knowledge enabling them to understand the world they live in while knowing their limits. They will have acquired an awareness of the social responsibilities of the media and of the professional journalist’s role in a democratic society.

After graduating, the future workers in the media can head towards all sorts of jobs in the journalism sector, as the course offers an introduction to all forms of media (radio, television, e-journalism press etc.), so that they can apply for any type of job in the media.


Staff and contacts

Program Director

Dr Loïc Laroche
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  • Dr Loïc Laroche (French-American Relations)
  • Dr Jean-Charles Desquiens (History)
  • Dr Florentina Rogrido Paredes (Contemporary Spanish Civilisation)
  • Dr Philippe Diest (Contemporary History)


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