The LSE Department of Media and Communications

We aim to be the leading research based department in media and communications in the UK and one of the top five in the world

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The Department of Media and Communications 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.

We were rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

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Our aims

Our aims are:

  • Be the leading research based department in media and communications in the UK and one of the top five in the world              
  • Provide a high-quality master’s level graduate education in the study of media and communications drawing on the social science disciplines              
  • Prepare students for doctoral or professional research in the media and communications field and for entry into a variety of careers              
  • Conduct research that impacts on the strategies and practices of the media and communications industry, government policy makers and the third sector.

Research goals

We aim to:

  • Produce research and publications to the highest possible international standard of excellence
  • Generate original research ideas, insights and findings that shape future academic scholarship in the media and communications field in the social sciences
  • Enhance the intellectual standing of the field of media and communications
  • Ensure that our original research is influential and impacts on media and communication policy, industry practice, third sector agendas and the public
  • Successfully raise external funds to conduct original research
  • Educate and train doctoral students at the cutting edge of research in the field
  • Sustain a generative research environment within the department, including constructive links with academic networks and organisations nationally and internationally.

Teaching goals

To provide:

  • An intensive, high-quality postgraduate education in media and communications
  • A broad social science foundation in qualitative, quantitative, empirical and critical skills
  • A diverse, inter- and multidisciplinary approach to theoretical developments and debates in the field
  • A range of specialist courses within media and communications and related fields, including an independent empirical research project
  • An intellectually stimulating, well-resourced learning environment, with strong links to media and communications industries, policy makers and the third sector
  • The opportunity for lively cross-cultural exchange of ideas among a dynamic group of fellow students in the Department and School
  • Study with internationally recognised active researchers with expertise in media and communications and politics and democracy, regulation and policy, technological change, audiences and literacies, globalisation and culture, and more. 


The Department of Media and Communications hosts three active blogs:

POLIS logo


Polis, directed by Professor Charlie Beckett is LSE’s media think-tank focusing on journalism and society, aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. The blog features entries from academics, journalists and other expert contributors.


Media @ LSE 

Promoting critical research into the vital role of media and communications in contemporary society. 

Parenting for a digital future

Parenting For A Digital Future

Parenting for a Digital Future, directed by Professor Sonia Livingstone explores the task of parenting for a digital future, both in the UK and internationally.