12 months
4284 EUR/year
1092 EUR/year
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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’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.

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


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4284 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4284 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1092 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1092 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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