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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Communication & Media Studies

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 months full time LSE, followed by second year at USC.

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Course content

About the MSc programme

This unique MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at the School of Journalism, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC) – a top US communication school with close links to the Los Angeles media industry.

This programme is offered jointly with the LSE's Department of Media and Communications, which is a world-leading centre of excellence in the field of communication and media studies, renowned internationally for its high quality original research and teaching excellence. The Department was rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Your first year at LSE will provide you with the theoretical and methodological foundation to examine issues of media and communication within their political, social and cultural context. You will be required to take compulsory courses: Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications, Media and Globalisation and Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis). You will also have the opportunity to choose optional courses to the value of one and a half units from a wide range of options. In addition, you will be required to submit a 12,000 word dissertation on an approved topic. You will continue to develop this thesis during the year at Annenberg in the research practicum.

In your second year, at the University of Southern California, you will complete a research practicum as well as 20 elective units (four courses) from the School of Communication graduate curriculum. You may choose one of your elective courses from a department outside Annenberg with the approval of your advisors. More information can be found on the USC Annenberg website.

The programme will provide you with a critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications. In our ever increasing globalised world, international experience gained on one of our global programmes is invaluable and provides an excellent knowledge and experience base to work from.


For this programme, you need to apply both to LSE and to USC. Before starting your USC Graduate Admission application, please review the USC graduate application guidelines. Please note that applications are reviewed by both institutions.

For information on the applications process, please consult the programme page.

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of global careers including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors. For further information about graduate destinations see[email protected]/alumni

Visit the LSE - USC MSc/MA Double Degree in Global Media and Communications page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!






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