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Two top universities sharing their knowledge to design a selected programme based on three social sciences: sociology, communication studies and political science.


In your first year you get to meet the world of thought of godfathers of sociology like Max Weber or Jurgen Habermas. The sociologist is fascinated by all sorts of social conduct, and aims to explain its causes and consequences. This critical thinking takes a central place in your second bachelor year.  If you choose the sociological orientation in your third bachelor year, you dive deep into topics like health sociology, social demography and European welfare state politics.

Political Science

In your first year you spend quite some time coming to terms with fundamental principles and concepts in political science. In your second year, you start applying these for a critical look at timeless issues in political science - you learn about the political deliberation of conflict and contradiction in societies. If you choose the political orientation for your third bachelor year, the focus of your courses shifts to contemporary global and European topics.

Communication studies

How did communication studies come into existence? How did they evolve and what are the ‘big’ research questions? Food for thought, and for your first year. Afterwards, you take a much closer look into these research questions, and you learn how to develop and answer one yourself. If communication studies turn out to be really your thing, choose the specializing orientation for your third bachelor year. You’ll focus on European media policy, for instance, and on the political economy of communication.

Methodological Core

An indispensable discipline for all scientific research: statistics. You’ll get acquainted with statistics applied to social sciences in your first bachelor year. Another course introduces you to domain specific methodologies for social, political and communication studies. The year after, you dig deeper for knowledge and skills in the domain of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Current issues courses in all three bachelor years help you translate what you’ve learned into practice.


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 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
    • 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 cannot be older than 2 years for a first enrolment.

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Curriculum requirements

Valid high school degree: Admission after examination of the application file by the admissions committtee


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