About This Masters Degree
About the MSc programmeThis 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 (Research) 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
The Research-track stream provides advanced research training, enhancing students' methodological and analytical skills. This degree offers within the general media and communications MSc Programme:
Advanced quantitative and qualitative methodological training as preparation for research-related careers
Research training for students wishing to undertake MPhil/PhD degrees
Recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 and +3 schemes) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
We 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.
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.
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.
Programme detailsThe 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.
The programme runs for one year. Formal classroom teaching is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. Compulsory 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 supported by staff supervision.
Part-time students will normally take and be examined in courses to the value of two units in each year of study. In the first year, these two units, selected in discussion with the student's academic adviser, will usually include the compulsory theoretical course(s) and one or more option course(s). The methods course(s) and the dissertation are then usually taken in the second year, together with the remaining option course(s). Students may be permitted to vary the courses to be taken in each year with the approval of their academic adviser.
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.
Advanced Methods of Research in Media and Communication (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis) (for students on the research track) students examine the principles of research in media and communications and of social research. Students also take two statistics courses in quantitative analysis and applied regression analysis.
Research-track students will be expected to choose optional courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
Graduate destinationsOn graduating, our students enter a variety of careers in the UK and abroad, including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors.
MSc Media and Communications / MSc Media and Communications (Research)
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2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science, or other degree with professional experience in media and communications field. Exceptionally, professional experience alone; English standard level