Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB Master of Communication Studies is a one-year academic master with a focus on Communication Studies: 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 Master Degree in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe is offered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

First step in the market

This master provides you with subject knowledge and analytical skills that will offer you multiple opportunities on the job market. Possible employers are:

  • Media companies working at the European level or whose work is influenced by European decision-making
  • European institutions working in the field of new media and society
  • Lobby organisations trying to influence Europe's innovation and communication policies
  • International companies with headquarters is Brussels

Possible jobs are:

  • Strategic management positions related to innovation and R&D
  • Strategic analyst of European communication markets
  • Policy analyst for media and telecommunications companies
  • Strategic analyst of user studies for communications companies
  • Scientific collaborator or researcher in the area of new media and society in Europe

If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. 


Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Advanced Methods for Communication Studies
  • Brussels Talking: Europe, Media and Society
  • EU Media and Communication Policy
  • Advanced Theoretical Debates: New Media and Society
  • Master Thesis in Communication Studies
  • Traineeship in Communication Studies
  • European Innovation Policy
  • Business and Consumer Ethics
  • Users and Innovation in New Media
  • Critical Issues in Media Economics
  • European Media and Communication Markets
  • Internet Censorship, Control and Governance
  • Current Case Studies: Global and Regional Governance
  • Comparative Communication Research
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    All students who require visa and apply after April 1st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100€.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of language proficiency

Extra documents per program you apply for:

  • all documents as stated above +
  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters
  • not required for Master of management, international business and communication studies
  • if you apply for a science program this must be written by an academic
  • you may use the template but it is not obligatory

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1450 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    234 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 234 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • EEA-student formula: Fixed fee € 234,10 +Fee per credit = € 11,20
  • Non-EEA-student formula: Fixed fee € 1450,00+Fee per credit = € 25,00

Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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