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Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussel Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

Full time & Part time September MSc 1year

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Entry Requirements

Direct access is granted for students with a Belgian Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. All other applications are evaluated individually by an Admission Board.

Factors taking into account by the Admission Board include:
- English language proficiency: TOEFL IBT (min=79), IELTS (min=6.5), ITACE (min=B2) or Cambridge English (min scale score 175)
- Academic degree(s) already acquired.
- Grades scored in previous studies.
- Quality of motivation letter and letters of recommendation.
- Other relevant experience.

Depending on the content of your previous studies, the Board can assign an individual preparatory programme to the candidate.


EEA students: 962 EUR / Non EEA students 3,850 EUR

 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)


The study program consists of a good theoretical and methodological framework with a lot of must-read literature from the media area. Discussions in class draw conclusions and real life comparisons.

A historical foundation is created in the first semester and I am looking forward to the turnout of the upcoming semester.


The international character of the Master appealed to me because of the fact that the different cultures and backgrounds give different views on the same theory. It's interesting because it feels like gaining information from the people that experience it themselves.


The programme provides students with multidisciplinary knowledge about communication and new media in European society. Professors are friendly and eager to help, therefore the academic atmosphere is very pleasant. I would highly recommend it to students who are interested in gaining theoretical insight into the communication sector of the EU.


My master studies offered the chance to research the sports-health field and that was most fascinating to me, as I work as a certified sports instructor. In addition, I could choose from the many optional courses exactly those that were most relevant for my research and as a result get new perspectives on many innovative subjects.


I can truly say that it was a great year that brought new insights and perspectives. I especially liked the fact that current issues and trends in media markets were discussed which helped to understand connections and to think about changes and user patterns.


I learned to critically reflect on the latest trends and developments in the sector and measure their value to businesses, governments and citizens. Furthermore, not only was I impressed by the outstanding academic and professional knowledge of the professors, but they were all friendly and approachable.


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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