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MSc Media and Communications

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
19344 GBP
National
19344 GBP
EU
19344 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Media and Communications
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications coupled with advanced research training, enhancing students' methodological and statistical skills. The MSc Media and Communications aims to provide: 

  • a broad and critical understanding of the development and forms of media and communications in relation to processes of mediation and influence, production, media representations and content, audience response, political economy, regulation and power 
  • a critical up-to-date engagement with diverse theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments in research on media and communications 
  • a mix of core and optional courses, culminating in an independent research project in media and communications, that provides an ideal preparation for research or employment in media and communications and related fields 
  • a degree of flexibility to tailor the programme to pursue particular topics of interest by selecting from a wide range of courses taught by leading experts in the Department of Media and Communications and other departments at LSE 

They attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds, often including professional experience working in media and communications related fields. Indeed, the opportunity for cross-cultural meetings and exchange of ideas among the student body is a valuable feature of studying at LSE.

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Eligibility Criteria

2:1 in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in the media and communications field. Exceptionally, professional experience alone.

You should have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in a social science subject. We particularly welcome applications from those with professional experience in the media and communication fields and, in this case, we would accept a degree in other subjects. Exceptionally we may consider professional experience instead of a first degree. Please note that we do not provide practical training in journalism, media production, campaigning or media management.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language or if the language of instruction for your first degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English as part of the admissions process. In addition, we strongly recommend that you consider additional language instruction before you register in order to be confident that you can participate fully in your programme. Experience has shown that students who are fully proficient in English are best placed to make the most of all that LSE has to offer, both academically and socially. The LSE Language Centre offers courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to support you before the start of the programme, as well as during your studies.

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Course Modules

The programme consists of four units, including compulsory and optional courses, and the dissertation. Taught courses typically involve a combination of lectures and seminars. The Methods of Research course is taught as a series of lectures and practical classes. You will be assessed by written examinations, research assignments, essays and the dissertation, which must be submitted in August.

Compulsory courses
(* half unit)

  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)* addresses key theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of media and communications, within a broadly interdisciplinary social science perspective.
  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications II (Processes of communication in modern life)* examines key concepts and critical perspectives on the process of communication that underpin social, economic and institutional relations across diverse spheres of modern life.
  • Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis)* aims to provide students with a general training in research methods and techniques including research design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Dissertation.

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How to Apply

The Department of Media and Communications requires applicants in receipt of a conditional offer to meet those conditions before registration and before the start of the Michaelmas term.

Applications must be submitted using the online LSE application. Please read through the provided guidelines on how to apply carefully and follow the instructions.

Applications for the 2016/17 academic year will open October 2015. Please note that we often fill the programme by January/February for October start, so we advise you to submit applications between October and December if possible.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.
  • Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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