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Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe

Course Description

About the programme

The Master of Communication Studies is a one-year (60 ECTS) academic master with a focus on New Media and Society in Europe. This unique English language programme focuses on the rapidly changing field of media and communication in a European context. The programme takes an original interdisciplinary approach and allows students to concentrate on business, policy and/or user aspects of new media.

The programme consists of two semesters. It comprises one set of compulsory courses and one set of optional courses. The optional courses allow students to focus on three specific fields: business and markets, policy and governance, user aspects of new media and society in Europe. Instead of choosing from the optional courses, students can decide to do an internship.

This Master offers

A high-level and international oriented education by leading scholars in the field of information and communication technologies, new media and European media
- An integrated programme and interdisciplinary approach to new media and society in Europe
- Teaching in small groups using interactive teaching methods, stimulating individual participation
- A wide variety of specialised courses focusing on new media concepts
- Excellent guidance in writing your master thesis by leading scholars in a variety of subject fields
- The possibility of writing your thesis in one of the following four languages: English, Dutch, French or German (the last three only on approval)
- Close collaboration with researchers from the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and the Institute for European Studies (IES)
- The possibility of meeting professionals of the research field on conferences, workshops and other academic events
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Compulsory Courses (42 ECTS)

Master Thesis in Communication Studies
Advanced Methods for Communication Studies
Information Society and Globalisation: Advanced Theoretical Debates
EU Media and Communication Policy
Lecture Series on European Information Society

Optional Courses (18 ECTS)

European Media & Communication Markets
Critical Issues in Media Economics
European Innovation Policy
Current Case Studies: Global and Regional Governance
Global and Regional Internet Governance
Comparative Communication Research
Media, Culture and Globalisation Theory
Users and Innovation in New Media
Business and Consumer Ethics

Admission requirements

Direct access is granted for students with a Belgian Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.

All other applicants' files will be evaluated by the Admission Board on an individual basis. Applicants with a bachelor diploma in a field other than Communication Studies may still be accepted provided they take a few additional courses in the form of a short preparatory programme (consisting of maximum 24 ECTS credits). This preparatory programme can be followed while starting the Master.

Please note: An academic BA or MA degree is required to apply.

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Visit the Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

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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.

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2321.jpg 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.

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2376.jpg 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.

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2377.jpg 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.

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2378.jpg 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.

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2379.jpg 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.


Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Belgian Technical Cooperation Agency (BTC) grants scholarships to nationals from its 18 partner countries (see for full list http://www.btcctb.org/en/countries-and-themes).
Duration: from 1 to 2 academic years
The scholarships includes:
- a tuition fee waiver
- insurance
- one return flight
- family supplement
- accommodation allowance,
- indirect travel costs,
- installation allowance,
- didactic allowance,
- mailing allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~10,000 EUR/year


Nationals of:
Algeria Mozambique Belgium Niger Benin Palestine Bolivia Peru Bolivia (ES) Perú (ES) Burundi Rwanda DR Congo Senegal Ecuador South Africa Ecuador (ES) Tanzania Mali Uganda Morocco Vietnam

Application Procedure

The BTC has a delegation in each of its partner countries. This delegation, usually based at the Belgian Embassy, handles the application and selection procedure. The application procedure and overall requirements vary per country. For further information, please contact the delegation in your country:http://www.btcctb.org or diplomatie.belgium.be

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Direct access is granted for students with a Belgian Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.Application based admission:An Admission Board will evaluate the applications on an individual basis. The Board can decide to oblige the applicant to complete an individual preparatory programme. This preparatory programme can be followed while starting the Master. An a cademic BA or MA degree is required to apply. Non-EU students should present a proof of proficiency in English.

Course Fees

EEA students: 890 EUR / Non EEA students 2950 EUR

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