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Master in communication

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in communication

This formation is taught in french.

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  • Programme title
    Master in communication
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-COMU
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Information and communication
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Information and communication
  • Jury President
    Xavier LUFFIN
  • Jury Secretary
    Nadège BROUSTAU

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Information and communication

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

The courses that make up the common core of the Master programme (90 credits) address general theories of communication, provide an introduction to major social issues, and include a thorough practice of English in connection with the programme's topics. Students choose one of three specialisations, or focuses (30 credits), that allow them to acquire specific skills and knowledge:

  • The focus on corporate and marketing communication develops the knowledge and skills required to pursue a high-level career in corporate or institutional environments, including marketing, public relations, internal communication, and event management.

  • The focus on political communication and lobbying includes two options. The first deals with European policy, while the second is dedicated to international politics and offered in partnership with the Université de Montréal. Students have the opportunity to spend one academic term in Quebec.

  • The research focus develops the students' academic research skills, with the aim of pursuing a PhD and a career in research.

evelop the academic research skills of students, with the aim of pursuing a PhD and a career in research.

Student mobility agreements are in place with a number of European universities: Rome, Bologna, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, Paris, Coimbra, Lisbon, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Istanbul, Ghent, and Antwerp. Outside of Europe, agreements have been concluded with Montreal, Missouri, New Zealand, and Moscow.

Students can choose their destination during the first year of the Master programme; however, they can only travel abroad after completing the first 60 credits of the programme.

http://www.ulb.be/facs/philo/international.html

IHECS, and companies in the communication industry.

Many of the courses are given by teachers and assistants who are professionals at the highest level in the relevant field. In addition, particular attention is paid to innovation in the Faculty's equipment and infrastructures, in order to guarantee that students learn in an environment that meets current and future professional standards. Courses in the common core of the Master develop skills and specialised knowledge in communication.

Students in the focus on corporate and marketing communication are given in-depth training on strategic and practical aspects of corporate communication, marketing communication, and e-communication, as well as on the principles of management. Professionals who are familiar with the inner workings of leading companies share their expertise with the students in each of these aspects.

They can then apply their new knowledge and skills to group projects and case studies, in cooperation with external partners. The programme includes two work placements, providing opportunities to observe the work of communication professionals and take part in a communication project.

Students in the focus on political communication and lobbying can choose the scope of their understanding of the dynamics involved in power and democracy. Those with an interest in European politics can complete their entire Master in Brussels, while those who want a more international perspective can go on an exchange programme with the Université de Montréal. By studying the players and strategies involved in lobbying, students develop specific skills for professional situations while keeping a critical perspective on this sector. The one-month work placement in a political institution is a major asset for their future professional career.

Students in the research focus are introduced to the research methods used in social sciences and humanities, as well as to the latest scientific debates on communication. The curriculum is designed to train researchers who will be comfortable with all methods and objects of study in the field of communication studies. This focus is intended to prepare students to write a doctoral thesis. The one-month work placement in a research team is a major plus for developing a research career in line with the highest standards.

follow a in-depth training in strategic and practical aspects of corporate communications, marketing communications and e-communication, and the principles of management. Professionals embedded in the daily activities of leading companies share their expertise with the students in each of these aspects.

Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the Master to group projects and case studies, in cooperation with external partners. Two internships offer the opportunity of observing the work of communication professionals and participate in a communication project.

In the specialization Political Communication and Lobbying, students have the choice on which scope they want to give to their understanding of the dynamics of power and democracy. They can do their full master in Brussels for a focus in European politics or visit the University of Montreal for a semester for a more international perspective. The study of the actors and the strategies of lobbying enables students to develop the specific skills for professional situations while keeping a critical perspective on this sector. The one-month internship in a political institution is a major asset for the future professional career.

The students of the specialization Research in Communication are introduced to social sciences and humanities research methods and advanced scientific debates about communication. The curriculum is designed to train researchers that will be comfortable with all methods and all objects of study in the field of information and communication sciences. The aim of the Master is to prepare the student to produce a doctoral thesis. The one-month internship in a research project is a major asset for the development of a research career with the highest standards.

Access conditions

Programme

This Master programme strikes a balance between studying the theoretical foundations of persuasive communication, gaining critical insight into the professional world, and gaining experience with current professional practices. As the dissertation is the culmination of the learning process, specific methodological classes are offered early on in the programme. The required dissertation can consist in developing communication strategies for actual cases, taking into account the results of scientific research. With work placements in private businesses and specialised institutions, students gain valuable experience in the professional sector.

What's next ?

Prospects

This field offers many professional opportunities. Depending on their electives, students can work in a number of positions: press officer; head of corporate communication; lobbyist; media planner, media strategist in a public relations or advertising agency; marketing manager; director of communications; community manager; social media manager. Students who are interested in research may also pursue an academic career in communication studies.