Upcoming students

Applicants and Offer-holders

Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

LSE has a long tradition of studying and teaching in media and communications, culminating in the formation of the Department in 2003. This reflects LSE's considerable recent investment in this important area of work. Now with more than 200 Masters students and over 30 PhD students from around the world, our programmes build on our world-class reputation for leading-edge research.

Why study at LSE?

Watch below LSE students and staff explaining why prospective undergraduate and graduate students should consider studying at the School:

Why study at LSE Why study at LSE

In addition, we understand that applying for graduate study can be an anxious time. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process.

Make sure you also check out the LSE Student's Union - and definitely take a look at their recent day in the life of an LSE student; 'Life at LSE with Lizzie'. Follow them on Twitter for all latest news.

Welcome week

A warm welcome to new and continuing students, from the Department of Media and Communications!

MSc Registration - Reminder that registration for Media and Communications MSc students is on Friday 15th September, prior to the start of Welcome Week.  Please check for your exact programme time by clicking here.

During LSE Welcome Week there are numerous welcome and introductory events, some run by the School, some by the Department - please make sure that you attend every event that is relevant to you. 

Monday 18 September

Department Welcome Meeting for Media and Communications MSc students
12.00 - 13.30
Old Theatre, Old Building, Ground Floor

Tuesday 19 September

LSE Welcome Presentation for MSc students
12.30 - 14.00
Peacock Theatre

PhD Departmental Welcome Session 
12.00 - 14.00
Silverstone Room, Tower 3, 7th Floor

Wednesday 20 September

Programme Meetings

MSc Part-Time Students (1st Year)
*1st year part-time students should also attend their programme meeting as below*
16.00 - 16.30
TW3.7.01A (Silverstone Room), Tower 3, 7th Floor

MSc Global Media and Communications (USC)
14.00 - 15.00
 Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

MSc Global Media and Communications (Fudan)
14.00 - 15.00
32L.LG.15

MSc Global Media and Communications (UCT)
13.00 - 14.00
Silverstone Room, TW3.7.01A, Tower 3, 7th Floor

MSc Media and Communications (Data & Society)
14.00 - 15.00
NAB.1.15, New Academic Building, 1st Floor

MSc Media and Communications (Governance)
14.00 - 15.00
NAB.2.08, New Academic Building, 2nd Floor

MSc Politics and Communication
13.00 - 14.00
NAB.2.14, New Academic Building, 2nd Floor

MSc Media and Communications and MSc Media and Communications (Research)
14.00 - 15.00
CLM.6.02, Clement House, 6th Floor

MSc Media, Communication and Development
11.00 - 14.00
OLD.4.10, Old Building, 4th Floor

MSc Strategic Communication
15.00 - 16.00
Silverstone Room, TW3.7.01A, Tower 3, 7th Floor

LSE Welcome Presentation for PhD Students
14.00–15.00 (followed by reception)
TW1.G.01, Tower 1, Ground Floor

Welcome Reception (all students)
17.00–18.30
Senior Dining Room, Old Building, 5th Floor

Thursday 21 September

What to Expect From Your Year at LSE
10.00-12.00 
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lower Ground

Friday 22 September

Graduate Course Choice Opens
From 10.00 on LSE For You

LSE Vocabulary

Sometimes you will come across jargon, acronyms and titles with which you are not familiar, or which have been used differently in your previous institution.  Read our brief guide to some of the jargon, acronyms and special LSE terms that you will come across in our website and publications.

Academic Adviser 

At the beginning of the year each student is allocated an 'Academic Adviser' who is responsible for their academic and pastoral welfare.  Elsewhere at LSE 'Academic Advisers' are often called 'supervisors'.

Auditing

If you choose to audit a course, this means that you sit in on the lectures, but do not undertake any assessment for that course.
Courses that you have audited will not appear on your results transcript, and will not count towards your degree.

Calendar

The Calendar is a web-first resource containing definitive regulations relating to students and their study.

Class 

The smaller groups into which students on a particular course are divided for more interactive study.  Graduate seminars are sometimes referred to as classes particularly by the Timetables Office. Each course is normally taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

Course

Sometimes referred to as 'module', meaning the different components of a programme of study, e.g. MC408, the core course for all media MSc programmes.

Course Convenor

A member of the academic staff in a department who has overall responsibility for the academic direction and assessment of a particular course.

Course guide

A brief description of each course offered at LSE, published in the School Calendar.

Dissertation

You may know this as a 'thesis' or 'research report', the dissertation is a compulsory one-unit course taken by all students in the Department and comprises an independent quantitative or qualitative investigation of an issue in the field of media and communications.  The submission date will be in August.

Grade

Sometimes used interchangeably with 'mark', however a grade is alphabetical and represents a range of marks, e.g. Bad Fail, Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction.  

Graduate Teaching Assistant [GTA]

Usually a PhD researcher in the final stages of their programme, providing seminar teaching to accompany a lecture series.

Lecture

A teaching format used in most LSE courses, attended by all students taking that particular course, normally one hour long, normally held weekly.

Lecturer

Usually a member of the academic staff of LSE but sometimes a visiting or associated academic.

LSE For You (LFY)

LSE's web-based self-service administration system

LT

Lent Term, the second term in the academic year, running from January - March.

Mark

Sometimes used interchangeably with 'grade', however a mark is numerical and ranges from 0-100.

Module

Another word for 'course', meaning the different components of a programme of study, e.g. MC408, the core course for all media and communications MSc programmes.

Moodle

A web-based location for LSE course materials which provides additional forms of student-to-teacher and student-to-student communication, all in one virtual space.

MT

Michelmas Term, the first term in the academic year, running from October - December.

Programme

The schedule of study leading to the award of, e.g. the MSc in Media and Communications, made up of several 'courses' or 'modules'.

Seminar

The smaller groups into which students on a particular course are divided for more interactive study.  Graduate seminars are sometimes referred to as classes particularly by the Timetables Office.  Each course is normally taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

ST

Summer Term, the third and final term in the academic year, running from April - May.

Supervisor

In the Department of Media and Communications, each student is allocated to a Dissertation Supervisor at the end of Michaelmas Term.

Important links for new arrivals