This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications. It aims to provide: An advanced understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge in the intersecting fields of politics and communication research The flexibility to pursue particular topics of interest in the fields of media, politics and communication, culminating in an independent research project in politics and communications The opportunity to take courses taught in the Department of Government, as part of the programme options An ideal preparation for research work and employment in media, politics, communication and related fields
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(* half unit)
Political Communication* examines the relationship between the mass media and political processes. Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications (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. Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis)* provides a general training in research methods and techniques. Democracy and the Media* examines the links between the media and democracy in theory and practice. A 10,000 word Dissertation. Students will be expected to choose 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.
On 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.
Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need. The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.
Value of Scholarship(s)
£3,000 - £10,000
The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.
Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.
If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less that 4 weeks since you submitted your application.
The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Award values vary
Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.
Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.
You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.
2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in the media and communications field. Exceptionally, professional experience alone; English standard level
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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