The 60 credit Master in Information and Communication provides a special kind of training which is in demand at the professional level. In parallel with the requirement for specialists in information and communication, there is also a clear need for people with qualifications in other subject areas but with information and communication training. This programme is therefore designed to introduce students to the theories and methods of information and communication sciences and to help them to acquire special skills whilst also building on their previous experience.
To this end there are four options : Media, Culture and Education, Public Relations and Communication in Organizations, the Louvain School of Journalism and Multimedia.
This programme is open to holders of any 120 credit Master (apart from the Master in Information and Communication) or of any degree (except Information and Communication) from a Belgian university who wish to build on what they have already studied.
It is also open to students who are Bachelors in Information and Communication.
The 60 credit Master programme in Information and Communication is made up of 60 credits, as follows:
- core subjects comprising a dissertation and three subjects (30 to 40 credits)
- one or two options (20 to 30 credits)
The dissertation which each student must produce and defend forms part of the core subjects and differs, both in terms of the workload and number of credits, according to what each student has chosen to do.
Students who have already produced a final piece of work in a second cycle course (e.g. Master, degree etc) may replace the 25 credits of the core subjects for the dissertation with a dissertation or a report on a work placement worth 15 credits.
This group of students, exceptionally, may choose two options instead of one.
- Students who have already gained a Bachelor degree in Information and Communication must follow the foundation element of the core subjects (15 credits, three optional subjects) which may be studied in greater depth by selecting one of the four options on offer (15 credits each) and one optional subject. Students must produce and defend a dissertation.
- Students who have already gained a Master and a Bachelor degree with Information and Communication as a subsidiary subject must also follow the foundation element of common subjects (15 credits or three optional subjects) which may be studied in greater depth by selecting a foundation option of 15 credits and an additional option, also worth 15 credits. Students must produce and defend a dissertation or a report on a work placement.
- Students who have already gained a Master and a Bachelor degree without Information and Communication as a subsidiary subject must follow the prerequisite subjects in the relevant foundation option and a course of study identical to that outlined above. Students must produce and defend a dissertation or a report on a work placement.