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Digital Communication Leadership - Specialization in Vrije Universiteit Brussel, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Master in Digital Communication Leadership (DCLead) approaches the vast and recent field of digital communication from an interdisciplinary and international point of view bringing together advanced academic discussion with practical knowledge and skills. 


The programme promotes a non-techno-deterministic, social and ethical reflection on digital communication for future leaders of the field.

DC Lead is also offered in collaboration with the following academic partners:

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States
  • Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC), Ghana
  • Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Bresil
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
  • Journalism School at Fudan University, China

And the following industry partners:

  • Teracom A/S, Denmark
  • Discovery Communications Inc.
  • the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • Red Bull Media House GmbH, Austria

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Summer Symposium I
  • Storytelling
  • Introduction to Core Competencies I
  • Introduction to Core Competencies II
  • Theoretical and Methodological Skills
  • Digital Communication Theories
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Track A, Digital Communication, Policy and Innovation in Europe
  • Module 3A: Specialization Module
  • EU Media and Communication Policy
  • Lecture Series on European Information Society
  • Summer Symposium II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • An applicant for admission shall hold the equivalent of an academic bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic higher education institution, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS (6 semesters), or a master’s degree.
  • Applicants for the Digital Communication, Policy and Innovation in Europe (track A), should have a Bachelor or Master degree in Mass Communication, Communications, Journalism or Media Studies. 
  • Candidates with a bachelor or master’s degree in Law, Sociology, Education, Translations or other social science disciplines must have gained competencies in the field of digital communication through work experience to be eligible.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    8604 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3612 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7226 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs

  • Brussels, Belgium

    885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Salzburg, Austria

    900 - 1290 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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