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MSc Media, Communication and Development

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19344 GBP
19344 GBP
19344 GBP

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International 0 GBP
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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, communications and development.

The main aim of this programme is to offer an advanced interdisciplinary education and training in contemporary theory and research in the field of media and communications and its application in the Global South, with a particular emphasis on low income country contexts. It aims to:

  • provide an opportunity to critically examine the intersection of the fields of media and communications and development research
  • provide research training for students wishing to go on to MPhil/PhD research in the media, communication and development field and for entry to a variety of media, communication and development related careers
  • enable students to develop a critical understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and communication in the Global South, with a particular emphasis on low income country contexts
  • allow flexibility for students to pursue particular topics of interest in the field of media and communications with an emphasis on issues that arise in low-income countries


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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, communications and/or development fields and, in this case, we would accept a degree in other subjects. Exceptionally, where applicants can demonstrate significant expertise in the field and an ability to cope with the academic demands of the programme, we may consider professional experience as mitigation for degree results that are slightly below the required marks.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language or if the language of instruction for your first degree is not English, 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 (seen and unseen), research assignments, essays and the dissertation, which must be submitted in August.

The programme runs for one year. Formal classroom teaching is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. Coursework is usually submitted in January and May, examinations are generally held in May and June. The remaining months are set aside for students to complete the dissertations. Please note that we do not provide a practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development* addresses the history of and tensions between 'media for development' and 'communication for development', while challenging mainstream perspectives on the role of media and communication in low income countries.
  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)* examines key theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of media and communications within a broadly interdisciplinary social science perspective.
  • 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.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

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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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