Become an expert in European media

The Master of Communication Studies is a one-year (60 ECTS) academic master with a focus on New Media and Society in Europe. This unique English language programme focuses on the rapidly changing field of media and communication in a European context. The programme takes an original interdisciplinary approach and allows students to concentrate on business, policy and/or user aspects of new media. The VUB also offers a second Master option in Communication Studies with a focus on Journalism and Media in Europe.

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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Communication Studies at the heart of Europe: a unique opportunity

This Master of Communication Studies gives you the unique opportunity to study in an environment with all European institutions right at hand. The European Union plays a crucial role in media and communication policies. It has tried to foster a single European market in media and services. Through several large programmes, it has stimulated innovation and the emergence of a European Information Society. The European Commission’s current Digital Agenda for Europe sets the framework for the coming years. In this master programme, you will gain an understanding of European policy and policymaking in the fields of media, innovation and the internet.

Programme outline

The master programme consists of 4 compulsory courses and the master thesis, in total for 42 ECTS. You should complete this with electives for 18 ECTS, so you become a total of 60 ECTS. Click on the course title to open the course content information sheet. 

Traineeship

The fundamental goal of the traineeship in the Master ‘New Media and Society in Europe’ is to have practical training and acquire practical skills. The internship programme aims for students to operationalize and test, in a professional environment, the theoretical knowledge obtained in following the Master. This allows them to develop professional skills and competences while networking; all with their future career in mind. It also spurs our students to critically (self-) reflect on both the institutional environment and company/organization, as well as on personal development (knowledge-building, skills, strengths and weaknesses, ...) during the traineeship. 

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Language requirements

The candidate student has to prove proficiency in English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Having obtained a high school, college or university degree with English as language of instruction;
  2. Having succesfully completed secondary education in Belgium;
  3. Having succesfully completed one of the following language tests with the required minimum level:
  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level:79;
  • TOEFL PBT with minimum level:550;
  • TOEFL CBT with minimum level:213;
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5 (overall score);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), gradeB;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), gradeC;

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not predate 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. The Board can decide to oblige the applicant to complete an individual preparatory depending on their academic background. This preparatory programme can be combined with the Master programme. The screening process consists of 3 steps and can take up to several weeks (depending on the amount of files to be screened).

  1. central screening of application file (on its completeness)
  2. faculty screening of academic record(s)
  3. central screening of language requirement and finalization of process

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Application deadline = June 1st

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree, via the online procedure.

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

Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees compared to education worldwide and even within Europe. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a non-EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found here.

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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.

Graduates of communication studies develop the necessary multidisciplinarity and flexibility to perfectly the current changing and demanding job market. You can opt for a variety of career paths, for instance in media companies working at the European level, European institutions or lobby organisations trying to influence Europe’s innovation and communication policies. The VUB helps you to take your first steps on the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips and tricks for interviews, and a dynamic Alumni network. All an ambitious student needs!

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THE VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

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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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