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Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

12 months
3850 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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 Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  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.

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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. As a student in this master you will be part of a dynamic and diverse group of students from across Europe and beyond. Teaching methods are interactive and designed to make good use of these diverse educational and national backgrounds. 

In Brussels you have European and international institutions right at hand. This  Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe at  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 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.

A wide variety of job opportunities

The alumni are currently working as journalists and communication and media professionals in Brussels and across Europe and beyond in a variety of sectors and organisations. Positions include: journalists; press officers, communication officials and policy advisors in national, European and international institutions and NGO's; marketing managers and social media strategists; lobbying and advocacy; academic researchers, independent entrepreneurs in the media and communication sector.

Throughout the master year, and especially through your traineeship and/or thesis research, you will develop your own international network. Because of the inherently international student group in the master you will make international friends for life.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Journalism: Trends and Technologies
  • Journalism, Politics and Ideology
  • The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU
  • Brussels Talking: Europe, Media and Society Lecture Series
  • Journalism Practice in Europe
  • Master Thesis
  • Master Thesis Pre-doctoral Track (instead of the 'classic' master thesis)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

All other applications are evaluated individually by an Admission Board. Factors taking into account by the Admission Board include:

  •   English language proficiency (see below for minimal criteria)
  • Academic degree(s) already acquired in a relevant study field
  •   Grades scored in previous studies (upload all higher educational transcripts of records)
  •  Quality of motivation letter, including the fit between your motivation and what we offer
  • Other relevant experience

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    3850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3850 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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