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MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications with Annenberg School, USC or Fudan University

About the MSc programme

This unique two-year programme enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at either the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC) – a top US communication school with close links to the Los Angeles media industry, or at the School of Journalism at Fudan University – a top journalism faculty with close links to Shanghai's media industry, to gain expertise in Chinese media.

The programme aims to provide:

  • Critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications.
  • The opportunity to study a range of courses, flexibly tailoring the programme to develop specialist interests, culminating in an independent research project on a topic in global media and communications.
  • Preparation for high level employment in media and communications related professions anywhere in the world.
  • The opportunity for internships in Los Angeles or Shanghai.

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, preferably 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.

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.

The application process for this programme differs somewhat from that for other LSE programmes. Please refer to the LSE online application procedure.

Programme details

Each programme consists of four units, including compulsory and optional courses and the dissertation. 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 examined by written examinations, research assignments, essays related to courses and the dissertation, which must be submitted in August.

Each programme runs for one calendar year. Formal teaching at LSE is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. At LSE, coursework is usually submitted in January and May, examinations for all first year courses are generally held in May and June. The remaining months of Year 1 are set aside for students to complete the dissertations.

Further information:

Please note that at LSE we do not provide a practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management. 

Year one: LSE

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

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

For full details of available courses see the Programme Regulations|.

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.

Year two: Fudan Fudan_Logo

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

For details of year 2 at Fudan, please visit http://www.xwxy.fudan.edu.cn/dm/| 

Application to Fudan-LSE Global Media & Communication double master degree program

International Applicants:
Please visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/graduate/taughtProgrammes2013/MScGlobalMediaAndCommunications.aspx|
Applicants from mainland China- Junior college students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including students who are already enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Fudan University and other prestigious mainland Chinese universities, are eligible to apply to this programme through the recommendation (推荐) system, which enables qualified undergraduate students to participate in graduate programmes without taking the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination. Interested applicants should first apply, in September, to track three of Fudan School of Journalism’s two-year professional master degree programme Global Media and Communication International Double Master Degree Program. Applicants are required to have, or expect to have, a minimum GPA 3.5 (or equivalent) from their previous study, as well as meeting the necessary language entry requirements. For details, please visit the following webpage:
Applicants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao – Applicants who are citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, are required by Chinese law to complete the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao applicants and meet all the requirements, before their applications are jointly reviewed by Fudan University and LSE. For details, please visit the following webpage:
http://www.gsao.fudan.edu.cn/  | 
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
Email: jakewang2011@gmail.com |

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 www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/alumni |


lse.ac.uk/media@lse |lse.ac.uk/globalMedia|

Application code:  P4U4 (LSE and USC), P4UB (LSE and Fudan)
(check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time at LSE, followed by second year at University of Southern California or Fudan University, Shanghai

Intake/applications in 2012: 61/277

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in media and communications (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Not required but will be considered if submitted

Fee level: £17,880 for Year 1 at LSE only

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|). Some specific financial support will be available to exceptional students on this programme

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. Early application is recommended, however the number of places on this programme is limited and admissions will close when the programme is full.  Check current availability|.