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MSc Double Degree Global Media and Communications

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The 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 either 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, Fudan University – a top journalism faculty with close links to Shanghai's media industry, or the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

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.

Year one: LSE

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Global Media and Communications in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Mandarin language classes

All students in Year one of MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan) will also attend 40 hours of Mandarin language classes at the appropriate level in the LSE Language Centre or the LSE Confucius Institute for Business. Mandarin language assessment does not form part of the MSc assessment, but attendance, for which there is no additional fee to the student, is required for all students on this programme except those already completely fluent in Mandarin.

Year two: Annenberg, USC Annenberg logo

Compulsory course
◾ Global Communication Research Practicum (4 units)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of 20 units from a range of options.

Please note that if you are applying for the LSE-USC dual degree, you should submit both the LSE online application and the USC Graduate Admission application. Before starting your USC Graduate Admission application, please review the graduate application guidelines on the USC Annenberg School website. Please note that applications are reviewed by both institutions.

Year two: Fudan

Students will be expected to choose a range of core and optional courses in Chinese language, culture and media.

For more details of second year in Fudan, please visit: http://www.xwxy.fudan.edu.cn/dm

Fudan University Students Students already enrolled in a master’s programme at Fudan University are eligible to apply through the normal application process, but it is advisable that they consult with Fudan University in advance of submitting an application.

Applicants from China Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), including students who are already studying at an overseas university (ie, outside of China), are required by Chinese law to complete the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination and meet all the requirements for PRC students for entry into a master's degree programme at Fudan.

Important: Please consult with Fudan University of School of Journalism before submitting an application. Contact:

Mr Wang Kun,
Programme Coordinator, LSE-Fudan Double-Degree
Fudan University – School of Journalism
Tel: 00-86-21-55664686

Year two: University of Cape Town

Information will be available shortly.

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 http:[email protected]/alumni

Visit the MSc Double Degree Global Media and Communications page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Adam Wu

1146.jpg I enjoy the notion that LSE is truly an international university. I have met people from many countries and now have a place to stay on almost any of my travels! Everyone shares a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for being here, and that is intensified by having London as our backdrop. With so many things to do you forget you are away from home, because everything is so inviting. LSE has really challenged me to be an independent thinker. I've been accustomed to being given more rigid guidelines to approaching an issue, and my programme at LSE has given me the know-how to delve into each topic and come up with my own interpretation and framework. The programme is structured so that even within the same degree everyone is able to take courses that suit their particular interests. I have been able to focus on the business aspects of global media, while others have chosen a route emphasising media development or regulation. LSE has given us many connections to the professional world, and its reputation is also second to none - employers respect LSE's name and recognise that we leave the institution with marketable skills. Through one of my professors I was able to land an internship at the BBC World Trust where I worked on presentations to increase funding for radio educational shows in Nigeria. My programme is unique in that I will spend a second year studying at USC in Los Angeles. People I have talked to about my degree have shown interest in my studies and job prospectus have already started coming in!

(Student Profile)

Erik Arheden

4988.jpg The Global Media program is a unique opportunity to do a joint Masters where the second year is spent at USC. It attracts a diverse group of students, all with a distinguished academic past. To be a part of such an accomplished group is an honour.
Before I came to LSE I knew the school was highly regarded for its entire range of programmes, not just the ones in Economics. It was a very pleasant surprise when LSE was ranked second best in the world in social sciences in accordance with the Times National and World League tables. The intimate connection to the business world and various organisations made the school very attractive as it carries the promise of a life beyond studies – saying you're from LSE helps put a foot in the door, whether you're looking to do research or find a job.

LSE is located smack in the middle of London within walking distance of a vast range of cultural events, historical institutions, and entertainment. You need that in between being buried in books! After I complete my programme I will pursue a career in communication, specifically competence development in ethical corporate leadership.

(Student Profile)

Sunaina Bhatnagar

4989.jpg This two year dual degree programme in collaboration with University of Southern California gives me exposure to two of the media capitals of the world, London and Los Angeles. LSE is one of the best social science institutes in the world and has one of the most diverse student bodies, so apart from a quality education I have also been able to interact with people from all across the world, and in London, too! All these things made LSE pretty irresistible.

I really appreciate the chance to interact with like-minded students from across the world. The exposure helps you learn a lot about yourself and a lot about the world around you that you would probably not know through books or TV. It's great! I've learnt a lot more about myself, become clearer on my goals and career objectives. Since most of the work centres around self study, LSE forces a lot of introspection about what you want to do and gives you the freedom to follow and study your area of interest.

I intend to work in the television industry after I graduate.

(Student Profile)

Dima Issa

4990.jpg LSE does not lead you through Media and Communications by an obvious path. Against a backdrop of dense theory, LSE integrates media with the social, political and personal, to the extent where everything becomes interesting and where everything becomes a potential topic for a dissertation. The education at LSE is unsurpassed, it is independent, not spoon fed; it is carefully calculated, not spontaneous; and it is rewarding, not forgotten.

LSE has the reputation of being one of the best schools for media and communication in the United Kingdom. Combining the opportunity of studying for a year in London with a year in Los Angeles, as part of the MSc Global Media and Communications programme made the decision making process much easier.

London is a magical city, making it an ideal place to form friendships and bond over its offerings. Whether you are studying for exams in private rooms, working on papers in its cafes, watching plays in its theatres or eating in one its delicious restaurants, London is the perfect place to be experienced alone or with friends.

After six years of working, following my undergraduate degree, a master's programme at LSE was extremely daunting. My first semester was unbelievably challenging. I had forgotten how to write papers, to study and to sift important information from the trivial. But after a lot of hard work and support, I was able to succeed. LSE gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in ways I never thought possible.

(Student Profile)

Erica Nonni

4991.jpg It was LSE's excellent reputation in the US that first drew my attention, while its breadth of Master's course offerings in my field really hooked me. The countless added benefits of LSE's central London location also played into my decision to enrol.
In my experience, LSE's people and location are its two greatest assets. I am delighted with the acquaintances I've made so far on campus, from other students to visiting speakers. I am part of a fascinating cohort of students in the Media department. There is a sense of participating in a real community of scholars. The knowledge and friendships that I've developed through my programme extend well beyond the classroom, and I expect them to extend well beyond my year at LSE.

I also consider the opportunities associated with living and studying in central London to be integral to a successful LSE experience. I've had great and varied experiences through my extracurricular involvements at LSE, many of which I would hardly have expected! I serve as the President of the Salsa Society and recently attended an entrepreneurship conference in Monaco with the Finance Society. Unlike at many universities, postgraduates at LSE enjoy a great deal of extracurricular opportunities through the Student Union.

After LSE I intend to work in the wine and spirits industry in a public relations or branding consultancy role. My LSE dissertation, which focuses on branding and identity in wine-related media, has afforded me a context in which to make key industry contacts.

(Student Profile)

Brooke Summers

4992.jpg The media – books, television, the internet and radio – is increasingly setting the agenda in political, social and economic realms. Faculty and students at LSE are aware of this and actively try to understand - through seminars, essays and dissertations – the consequences of this phenomenon.

LSE has one of the best groupings of media and communications faculty in the world, and I also love my fellow students! I've made so many wonderful friends in such a short time; creative, interesting, brilliant men and women from all over the place who are clearly going to be our generation's 'movers and shakers' when they graduate. I know I'm creating a vital network of future leaders.

My activities at LSE, which include everything from co-hosting a radio show on US and UK politics on puLSE FM to representing my fellow post-grads on my department's Student-Staff Liaison Committee, has given me a renewed sense of intellectual confidence. LSE challenges you to critically think about the world, creating a foundation which allows you to make the change you want to see. Upon graduating, I'll begin my career as a US Foreign Service officer, representing my country abroad and working at American embassies all over the world.


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in media and communications; English higher level

Last Updated

29 September 2016

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