M.Sc. On Campus

Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

12 months
3850 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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Become a media and communications professional with a strategic and interdisciplinary understanding of journalism and media in a European context. Gain first-hand experience from living in the decision-making capital of Europe, an exceptional location for this VUB Master programme.


In this Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 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. 

The Communication Studies Department also organises a second Master in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe, which is focused on business, policy and user aspects of new media. We offer a Dutch-language Bachelor in Communication Studies. And we are also involved in the VUB's English-language Bachelor of Social Sciences, which combines communication studies, political science and sociology. Both of these bachelor programmes give you direct access to the Journalism and Media in Europe master.

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, Politics and Ideology
  • The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU
  • Journalism: Trends and Technologies
  • Brussels Talking: Europe, Media and Society
  • Master Thesis Communication Studies
  • Journalism Practice in Europe

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

  • Academic degree(s) already acquired.
  • Grades scored in previous studies.
  • Quality of motivation letter. Including fit between your motivation and what we offer.
  • Quality of letters of recommendation.
  • Other relevant experience

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79;
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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

    962 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Application fee: €50 

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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