Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussel    Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year
Communication & Media Studies (7) Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

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Are you passionate about journalism and media in Europe? Look no further than our Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe programme! Delve into the ever-changing world of journalism, exploring digital practices, political influences, and the economics of the industry. With small interactive classes and a multidisciplinary approach, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of European media. Plus, you have the unique opportunity to write your thesis in English, Dutch, French, or German. Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Brussels, home to European institutions and media players. Join us for an unforgettable academic journey and unlock your potential in the world of journalism and media in Europe.

About the course

Are you seeking a comprehensive grasp of journalism, media, and communication in a European context? Look no further than Brussels! This vibrant international hub is brimming with opportunities for aspiring media, journalism, and communication professionals like yourself.

Unlock your potential with the MSc. in Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe! This prestigious academic master's program empowers you to emerge as a media and communications expert with a deep-seated, strategic, and cross-disciplinary grasp of journalism and media within a European landscape. You will study changing journalistic business models, journalistic practices in today’s digital age, and the relationship between journalism, politics, lobbying and ideology.

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Entry Requirements

You must have an academic bachelor’s degree in Communication, Sociology, Political Science, Economics or a similar field. Prospective students with foreign (non-Belgian) degrees will undergo an evaluation based on their academic background, results, motivation, and language skills.

Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):
- having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the unique language of instruction;
- having successfully completed Belgian secondary education;
- A language test: TOEFL IBT (min. 79), IELTS (min. 6.5), ITACE (min. B2) or Cambridge English (min. scale score 170) are accepted.


The tuition fee for 2024-2025 will be:
EU/EEA students: 1116 €/year
Non EU/EEA students 4600 €/year

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Student Profile

Kamile Kaselyte

Graduated in 2020

Completing the MA in New Media & Society at VUB was one of the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experiences I have encountered. Coming from a marketing communications background I wanted to gain knowledge and insight into European media to continue my professional career in Brussels. After one year of studies, I am able to contextualise the most pressing challenges of the EU and grasp policies that currently shape numerous national and supranational developments.


The Master Mind Scholarships Fellowship Programme for Excellent Students is a scholarship programme offered by the Flemish government aiming to promote the internationalisation of the Flemish higher education.

Please note that you need to have applied for a place at the VUB and have received an offical letter of acceptance, issued by the VUB Education and Student Administration Office, before you can apply for the scholarship. Applications for a place at the VUB are possible from mid November on.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 8.000 EUR/year


 only future master students can apply
 The applicant should have a high standard of academic performance and/or potential. He/she meets all academic entrance criteria, including relevant language requirements, for entering the Master programme of choice
 All nationalities can apply. The previous degree obtained should be from a higher education institution located outside Flanders, Belgium.
 Students who are already enrolled in a Flemish (Belgian) higher education institution cannot apply.

Application Procedure

You must first apply for a study programme of own choice at the VUB.

Only students having received an offical letter of acceptance issued by the VUB-Education and Student Administration Office can apply for the scholarship.

Application deadline for a Master Mind scholarship is 28 February 2021 - 5 pm GMT+1

Application package should contain:
a. application form (can be obtained by sending email to
b. copy of the letter of acceptance issued by the VUB-Education and Student Administration Office
c. copy of acquired degree(s) and Transcript(s) of records; if written in another language than Dutch, English, German or French, a certified translation into one of these languages must be enclosed
d. copy of official language test (TOEFL, IELTS or CEQS) - passing a language test is compulsory
e. letter of motivation (max 2 A4 pages)
f. two letters of recommendation from professors of your (previous) Home university, written in English
Please note that incomplete applications or applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be taken into account.

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