information on the Journalism and Media programme

Master of Science in Communication Studies
Journalism and Media in Europe
Programme of 60 ECTS
One-year full-time programme
The campus is located in Etterbeek (Brussels - Belgium)
The language of instruction is English
Internship: 12 ECTS optional - in selected institutions and companies related to the subject area
This master offers...
• high-level education in the field of
journalism and media
• an integrated programme and
interdisciplinary approach to journalism and
media in Europe
• teaching in small groups, using interactive
methods that stimulate individual
• excellent guidance in writing your master
• the possibility of writing your thesis in
English, Dutch, French or German (the last
three only on approval)
• close collaboration with researchers from
the centre for Studies on Media, Information
• are fascinated by journalism and media
• would like to get insight into contemporary
developments in journalism
• would like to learn about the political and
• This master provides you with subject
knowledge and analytical skills that will
offer you multiple opportunities on the job
ideological dimensions of journalism and
• would like to understand how journalism
functions as a business
• would like to understand the diversity of
media systems and journalism traditions in
• are interested in the European integration
Possible employers are:
• Journalism, media and communication
• European and national institutions working
in the field of journalism and media
• Lobby organisations and NGO's
• Think tanks
process and its relation to journalism and
• would like to meet with representatives of
Possible jobs are:
• Journalist or media professional
and Telecommunication (SMIT), the centre
European institutions and companies
for Studies on Media and Culture (Cemeso),
working in journalism, media and
international institution, private company,
and the Brussels Platform for Journalism
lobby organisation or NGO
• organised visits to the European
Commission, European Parliament,
Committee of the Regions and NATO in
• would like to study in the heart of Europe
• Communication officer or strategist at an
• Researcher at a university or think tank
Master of Science in Communication Studies - Journalism and Media in Europe
This daytime programme consists of two semesters and can be completed in one academic year. Alternatively
it can be completed in one and half or two years. It comprises compulsory courses including a master's thesis
(48 ECTS), and two optional courses or an internship (12 ECTS).
Compulsory Courses (48 ECTS)
Advanced Methods for Journalism Research
Advanced Theoretical Debates: Journalism, Politics and Ideology
Brussels talking: Lecture Series on Europe, Media and Society
Current Case Studies in Journalism
The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU
Master's Thesis in Communication Studies
Optional Courses (12 ECTS)
Traineeship in Communication Studies
Journalism Practice in Europe
Media, Public Spheres and Public Opinions in Europe
Policy Advocacy and Media in the EU
Challenges and Mutations of Journalism (course at the Université Libre de Bruxelles - in English)
Admission criteria
Direct admission
Direct admission is granted if you are holder of a Flemish Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies.
Application based admission
An Admission Committee will evaluate your application on an individual basis. The Committee can
decide to oblige you to complete an individual preparatory programme of up to 24 ECTS for students with an
Academic BA in the Human and Social Sciences or up to 30 ECTS for students with an
Academic BA in another discipline. This preparatory programme can be combined with the Master's
Language Requirements
Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. More information on language requirements at
Contact: [email protected]
Faculty website:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences
& Solvay Business School
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels