Brussels School of International Studies

Short courses


The Brussels School understands that many people who are working full-time in Brussels are not able to commit to even a part time programme of study. Wherever you are working; the Commission, NATO, for an NGO or in a government department, our short courses could be ideal for you to improve your knowledge in a key subject area.

Work schedules are often heavy, and inflexible. Demands for travel are frequent. A two-year MA programme might therefore simply not be possible. Yet, professionals also demand, perhaps more than any others, fresh ideas, insights, and the ability to step back from daily problems to conceptualise solutions in a more serene environment - one populated by experts whose research is at the cutting edge of those very problems. The School also benefits from the insights that these individuals can bring to the classroom discussions. It is for these reasons that the School encourages the option to study short courses.

Opportunities and flexibility

A Short Course enables you to take only the module, or modules, that are of most interest to you, or of most direct relevance to your work, or career. You may choose among any of the modules offered at the School at any given time, and receive a certificate of completion for that module. The course fee is on a pro-rata basis (the normal programme fee, divided by seven.)

By taking the modules individually, it is possible to accumulate sufficient credit to be awarded a formal qualification such as the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or even, in exceptional circumstances, the Masters (LLM or MA) in the specialisation you have chosen - International Relations, International Conflict and Security, International Political Economy, International Economic Law, International Migration or International Law with International Relations.

Students following a Short Course are assessed in exactly the same way as taught Masters students and are expected to complete the assessment in the same manner. Assessment methods vary between modules - some are assessed entirely on the basis of coursework and research papers; others through a mixture of papers and a final examination. To be awarded credit for the module, the student must achieve the minimum pass grade. The eventual award of any qualification will be made according to the normal assessment conventions. Students must also ensure, in consultation with their individual supervisor, that they have taken the appropriate range of compulsory and elective modules to satisfy the programme requirements.

There are many different modules available. You can find the current list of modules available on the following link:

The modules run during the two different terms (Autumn or Spring). Further information about the timetabling and structure of modules can be viewed here:

To apply, you need to apply for the Master's degree and clearly state in the application which module you'd like to apply for. We can then process the application as a short course.

If you are interested in taking a Short Course, please contact the Admissions department by email at


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Last Updated: 02/08/2017