You’ll study changing journalistic business models, journalistic practices in today’s digital age, and the relationship between journalism, politics, lobbying and ideology.
The first semester starts with seminar-based courses on ‘Journalism: trends and technologies’, ‘Journalism, politics and ideology’, and ‘Political economy of journalism in the EU’. In each of these courses you’ll consider journalism and media in Europe from a specific perspective, acquiring a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary understanding.
In the second semester, you’ll develop a blueprint for an innovative media project in 'Journalism practice in Europe' and write a critical essay related to our high-profile lecture series ‘Brussels Talking: Europe, media, and society’, for which you’ll also develop an online communication campaign.
And across the 2 semesters, you write a master's thesis on a selected topic. One of our professors will be your supervisor and guide you through the process of researching and writing the thesis. You'll gain knowledge and competences in the first semester, and enhance them in the second semester with two elective courses or a traineeship lasting five to eight weeks.
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.
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- 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)
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesCommunication Studies European Studies Journalism View 17 other Masters in European Studies in Belgium
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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Direct admissionIf you have a Flemish ‘Bachelor of Science in Communicatiewetenschappen' (VUB or other) degree or a VUB Bachelor of Social Sciences degree you'll be directly admitted to the programme.
Admissions after screeningWith a different degree, your application will be screened on your academic background, results, motivation and language skills. You must have an academic bachelor’s degree in Communication, Sociology, Political Science, Economics or a similar field.Should you have a different academic background, but preferably still in Humanities, the selection committee may assign an ad hoc preparatory programme as a condition of admission. This programme can be combined with the master's programme in the same year and typically consists of one or two additional courses to be taken in the first semester. These courses are 'Introduction to Communication Studies' and/or 'Research Methods for Social Sciences'.e
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International4284 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4284 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA1092 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1092 EUR per year during 12 months.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.