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Whilst giving you a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of journalism and media in Europe, the Master allows you to pursue your own interests and develop a specific media and communication expertise through elective courses, a thesis on a topic of your interest, and a traineeship.

In the first semester you have courses on ‘Journalism: Trends and Technologies’, ‘Journalism, Politics and Ideology’, and ‘The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU’. In the second semester, you write a critical essay related to our high-profile lecture series ‘Brussels Talking: Europe, Media, and Society’. 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’, ‘Journalism Practice in Europe’,  ‘Policy Advocacy and Media in the EU’ and  ‘Challenges and Mutations of Journalism’. The latter two are taught in English on the campus of our French-speaking sister university ULB.

Click on the "program" tab for more information on the program and more detailed course descriptions.

Interactive courses that stimulate critical thinking and clear communication

Courses are taught using interactive teaching methods that stimulate individual participation, and critical and independent thinking. Through intensive class discussions and writing assignments (including academic essays and a thesis, policy texts such as white papers, and journalistic texts) you will develop your ability to formulate clear and critical ideas and to convincingly communicate your ideas both orally and in written form.

Analytical skills and research-based education

The Master helps you to develop the critical attitude and analytical skills necessary to play a constructive role in a highly complex society characterized by immense amounts of often contradictory information and opinions. You acquire the attitude, skills and methodological and conceptual toolbox necessary to critically assess information found in journalism, political rhetoric and policy documents, and to see clearly in the information overload. And you develop the skills to base strategic actions on clear insights and scientific evidence.

All courses require you to engage with current academic research. For your thesis, you will also set up your own small-scale empirical research: from building a formulating a research question and a conceptual framework, over data gathering and analysis, to writing an attractive academic text. In this process, you will be guided by one of the professors of the professors of the department.

All our professors are academic experts in their field, and they draw on their research in their courses. Our professors are linked to one of the following three media and communication research groups: SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication), CEMESO (Studies on Media and Culture), and DESIRE (Centre for the study of Democracy, Signification, and Resistance). You can find more information on our professors via the program tab.

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.

Working and studying

The Master is accessible for working students. Some of our alumni have successfully combined a job with the Master. Courses are centralized on two days to allow working students to follow courses without too much time off from work. Whilst presence during the classes is strongly advised, there are possibilities for students to make up for absences.



Language requirements

As all parts of this programme are taught in English and students must write their thesis in English, proficiency in the English language is obviously an important prerequisite. All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least 1 school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed ASO secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests:
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based, 550 paper-based
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5 (overall score)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): min. grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): min. grade C
    • Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) with a minimum level of B2 of the Common European Framework
    • Cambridge English First (FCE);
    • Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage);
    • Cambridge Michigan ECCE;
    • Trinity College London: ISE II, GESE Grade 7-9;
    • The Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) minimum level 3;
    • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum level 59.

The proof or certificate of language tests can not be older than 2 years for a first enrolment.

Questions about your proof of English language proficiency? Contact admissions@vub.ac.be

Curriculum requirements

An academic degree, preferably in the field of Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology, Communication Studies, or related) or Economic Sciences (Applied Economics, Business, Management) with more than average results. Admission is dependent on selection.

Holders of a Flemish degree of Bachelor of Science in de Communicatiewetenschappen have direct access to the programme.



All universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found here.


Apply before June 1st 2017!

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