Become an expert in journalism and media in the capital of Europe

The Master of Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe is an academic master that prepares you to become a media and communications professional with a profound strategic and interdisciplinary understanding of journalism and media in a European context. You will study changing journalistic business models, journalistic practices in today’s digital age, and the relationship between journalism, politics, lobbying and ideology. With its range of European and international institutions and the many media, journalism and communication professionals working here, Brussels is the perfect place to study media and journalism in Europe.

The Media and Communication Studies Department organises another Master in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe. More information on this programme via this website

Open and tolerant university

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers high quality English-taught programmes, supported by outstanding research. Being a student at VUB means learning in an open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity and growing into an independent and critical-thinking individual. 

All fields of study are offered on four student friendly campuses in the cosmopolitan city of Brussels. At VUB, students have easy access to their lecturers and assistants. Faculty members are available and open to answer questions; small group workshops are used to ensure close interaction and hands-on experience.

VUB is a dynamic and modern university with almost two centuries of history. We count 15.000 students, 21% of which are international students from more than 120 different countries. 

Brussels: study where the action is

In Brussels you have European and international institutions right at hand. This Master will acquaint you with European institutions, important journalism and media players, lobbyists and NGO’s, and communication and media agencies. The Master includes a yearly lecture series with prestigious speakers from the European media industry, journalism and European institutions. You will also get to know the Brussels reality through organised site visits, and the possibility of a traineeship.

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An interactive, tailor-made programme

In the first semester you have seminar-based courses on ‘Journalism: Trends and Technologies’, ‘Journalism, Politics and Ideology’, and ‘The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU’.

In the second semester, you develop a blueprint for an innovative media project in 'Journalism Practice in Europe' and you write a critical essay related to our high-profile lecture series ‘Brussels Talking: Europe, Media, and Society’, for which you also develop an online communication campaign.

And across the two semesters, you write a masters thesis on a selected topic, under the supervision of a professor.

Building on the knowledge and competences acquired in the first semester, in the second semester, you can choose to follow two elective courses or do an internship (you can also combine both, at a small extra cost). Elective courses include ‘Populist and Radical Political Discourses in Europe’, 'Media, Culture and Globalisation Theories', and 'Influence and Lobbying', the latter taught in English on the campus of our French-speaking sister university Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Extra curriculum

Additionally to the master programme, the communication studies education team organises visits in Brussels. You get to learn our (European) capital in different aspects. Organised visits include the Politico.eu and Euractiv newsrooms; VRT Startup (the innovation hub of the Flemish Public Broadcaster); WIENI, a digital content agency specialised in online content distribution; The EU Parliament, the Parlementarium and the Commission; a tour of historical cinema’s in the centre of Brussels. Apart from the organised visits, you can attend the international workshops and debates that take place on the campus and in Brussels almost every day.

Media- and Communication Studies Department

All our professors are academic experts in their field, and they draw on own research in their courses. They are linked to SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication), CEMESO (Studies on Media and Culture) or DESIRE (Centre for the study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance). 

Language requirements

You will have to prove your English language proficiency via one of the following ways:

1. provide proof of having successfully completed secondary education in the Belgian educational system;

2. provide a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;

3. provide a certificate of one of the following language proficiency tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2: 

  • TOEFL with minimum level: iBT 79, PBT 550 or CBT 213
  • IELTS academic module, with minimum level: 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), with at least grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with at least grade C

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than two years.

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish degree of ‘BSc in Communicatiewetenschappen’.

Admission after examination of application file

An Admission Board will evaluate all other applications on an individual basis. More information on how to submit your application file (and what documents to upload) via the link below the page.

The Board can decide to oblige the applicant to complete an individual preparatory programme depending on their academic background. This preparatory programme can be combined with the Master programme.

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Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

  • All students need to apply before June 1st
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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Who to contact regarding what topic?

Contact central admissions office >> Questions on application procedure and enrollment procedure? (mail to: admissions@vub.ac.be)

Contact the programme coordinator >> Questions on programme content or the evaluation of academic background? (mail to: faces@vub.ac.be)

Contact your future study counselor >> Questions on exemptions/credit transfers? (mail to: stbfaces@vub.ac.be)

Contact the International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO) >> Questions on visa regulations/requirements/procedure or Refugee Programme? (mail to: international.relations@vub.ac.be)

Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a non EU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on the following website:

https://student.vub.be/en/student-administration#tuition-fee

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AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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First steps in the market

A master in Communication Studies opens doors to many positions in a wide range of sectors. You can opt for various career paths in a multitude of organisations. For instance in journalism, in media and communication companies, or as a press officer or communication official in European and international institutions, in companies, and in lobby organisations and NGOs.

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