Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS
Master Degree | 4 Semesters | 120 ECTS
The following may apply for the Master's Degree:
a) People who hold a B.A. or equivalent degree;
b) People who hold a foreign academic degree awarded after a 1st study cycle organized according to the Bologna Process by a member state of that process;
c) People who hold a foreign academic degree acknowledged as a degree satisfying the objectives of the graduate degree by the due body;
d) People who have a school, scientific or professional curriculum acknowledged by the due body of ULHT certifying the capacity to obtain this study cycle.
Have completed a total of 120 ECTS
The singularity of this MA syllabus resides in the importance conferred to areas considered fundamental to Journalism Studies, namely Communication Sciences and Journalism, Political Science and Contemporary History. The course¿s main objectives concern specialized training, knowledge enhancement and research in the fields of Communication Theory, Media, Contemporary History and Political Science, answering a demand of our time given the importance that the issues in these areas have in contemporary society and the complex problems that they give rise to. This MA aims to promote the journalist¿s or communication professional¿s comprehension and acquisition of the analytical skills necessary to decipher the communicative, historical, economic, and political processes of contemporary society. It presumes that the acquisition of a historical and political cultural background is absolutely fundamental to providing the conceptual frameworks required to understand and decode the present.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
The Masters in Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History corresponds to a unique initiative that derives from reflecting on the current situation of Portuguese journalists, marked by an absence of intensive training in Political Science and Contemporary History. This absence is one of criticisms most often directed at journalists. The skills developed under the Masters programme are the development of capacities for comprehension, reflection, analysis and application of knowledge and research tools, the ability to integrate knowledge, handle complex issues and develop research in situations of limited or incomplete information, the training of study skills, research and innovation, the deepening of professional skills and development of communication skills. The acquisition of such skills is tested both through written essays and tests (written and oral), the objective of which is to assess students¿ knowledge of the subjects taught. Measurement of compliance is assessed not only by teachers but also through the degree of satisfaction demonstrated by students, who are asked, in questionnaires distributed at the end of the year, to give their opinion regarding the corroboration of the course objectives with the final acquired skills.
"The masters´ scientific area fits into the interdisciplinary field of Communication Sciences and Journalism, Political Science and Contemporary History, promoting the training of researchers and the development of lines of research in these fields, which allows the pursuit of further studies at the level of doctorate degree.
"Professionals with advanced training in Political Journalism; Professionals with advanced training in specific areas of Journalism such as History and Political Science;
Advanced training of professionals in the field of Communication and Journalism; Training of researchers and developing lines of research in fields such as Contemporary History, History of the Media and Journalism, Political Science and Theories of Communication and Journalism. "
In the first year of this Masters Degree, students are assessed on the basis of a test or the writing up of one or more essays equivalent to a test in each of the courses that constitute the degree programme. In the second year of the Masters Degree, at least three research seminars are held which are assessed on the basis of an extended essay in which students seek to relate the seminar lectures with their respective dissertation themes, under the form of a `Thesis Project¿. The ability to obtain the MA Degree hinges on the completion of all these stages of assessment, the latter which cannot be replaced by any type of internship.
Jornalismo e reportagem | Ciência política e cidadania | Humanidades