Executive Master in European Journalism

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Executive Master in European Journalism

European citizens are entitled to receive quality information on laws that affect their daily lives. Journalists bear some responsibility for providing that information. IHECS has set up an Executive Master in European Journalism, a degree that aims to empower journalists with the right skills to cover Europe effectively.


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Date limite d'inscription : 12.09.2016

The Executive Master in EJ aims to provide participants with two basic skills, which are vital for European journalism. Students therefore learn:

  • How to make especially complex subjects widely understandable. How to explain tricky concepts, with words that are simple but not simplistic. How to avoid using jargon. In order to do this, the journalist also must be able to demonstrate the practical impacts of policy.
  • How to develop a critical mind and sense of perspective in one's work: needless to say, these are essential for any journalist. In European affairs however, it is always very tempting to yield to the juggernaut of (the many) communicators and lobbyists (even more numerous).



Journalism is facing a crisis that, in time, will probably redefine the global media landscape. New media models are emerging while others are being challenged and will, eventually, be completely restructured. There is a genuine shortage of and a need for investigative journalists who can translate bureaucratic jargon into meaningful information for citizens. The Executive Master in European Journalism combines cutting-edge multimedia technologies with practical knowledge of how to cover European affairs.

This Executive Master will offer thematic classes about specific European policies (trade, environment & food, climate, energy, finance, external policy, etc.) given by seasoned experts from the European institutions and by reporters with several years of experience under their belt.

Students will be treated like professional journalists and will be expected to work on various projects, either individually or in groups, and produce quality journalism. This is an excellent opportunity to practice the craft of journalism in the heart of the European Union.

This programme was organised four consecutive years at IHECS Academy (formerly known as IHECS Formations) and is now being relaunched for its fifth edition.  

Based in Brussels, at a short distance from the Grand-Place, IHECS Academy is already home to various programmes specifically oriented towards students who wish to learn about the European Union.


What we offer:

  • 300 hours of workshops. Production of print, radio, video, and web stories
  • a project-oriented approach where students are expected to work as a real newsroom and meet deadlines;
  • a small group of students (max. 25 people);
  • access to knowledgeable representatives of European institutions, media, interest groups, etc.;
  • proximity to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council, and permanent representations of Member States;
  • access to IHECS's editing rooms and material when needed;
  • advice to create your own portfolio and to find your own voice as a reporter working from Brussels;
  • the opportunity to do an internship in the second half of the year;
  • support in the creation and development of your master's project


Access to the Executive Master in European Journalism is subject to specific criteria, related to subjects previously studied. Master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism are eligible as well as master's degrees in social sciences, political sciences, literature and translation but these will be analysed on a case by case basis; a written dissertation might be requested.


Summary of the documents to provide:

  • Personal details: first name, family name, nationality, address, phone, email
  • Cover letter in English
  • CV in English
  • Copy of identity card/passport
  • Complete description of previous studies
  • Copy of diploma with mention of the degree obtained
  • If candidates have a bachelor degree with a professional experience linked to the European Union or communications, a complete description of this experience with documentary proof must be provided
  • Self-assessment of foreign language skills completed with an official attestation of your English level.
  • Any other documents subsequently required by the IHECS authorities
  • Terms and conditions form (signed)

Fee: 3450€


The year will run from 5 September 2016 until 30 June 2017.


The academic year will start on 5 September 2016.

Registrations are open until 12 September 2016.



Rue des Grands Carmes 27

1000 Brussels



For more information, contact Delphine Reuter or call +32 2 274 28 25

Grégoire Lory
Grégoire Lory European journalist @ Radio France, RFI
Davide Pernice
Davide Pernice Assistant parlementaire @ Parlement européen

Type de certification

Master's degree (equivalent to 60 ECTS)