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Department of Media and Communications




Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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New MSc Strategic Communications

Launching in Autumn 2017 | Applications Open in October 2016

In a world of expanding media, managing communications becomes a strategic priority. This degree prepares students for precisely this complex media environment. The question of how to manage communications is now a strategic challenge at the heart of the contemporary economy, society and government. Addressing this challenge has become ever more important, creating new risks and opportunities for all organisations and institutions, large and small.

Jim Macnamara

The Department of Media and Communications has some exciting and engaging Michaelmas Term Public Events in store.

On 11 October, Marc Raboy will discuss the achievements of Guglielmo Marconi, who discovered the use of radio waves for communication and became a precursor to today’s world of mobile, wireless communication; whilst on 23 November, Jim Macnamara will report on research showing many organisations do not listen, and argue that increased organisational listening is key to reinvigorating democracy and civil society.

The events are free of charge and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Myria Georgiou
Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Wallis Motta are winners of The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the Urban Communication Foundation 2016 Urban Communication Research Grant for their project Community Through Digital Connectivity? Communication Infrastructure in Multicultural London. The research grant will be awarded at the IAMCR 2016 Conference during the plenary session on 28 July. Read more here.


Jeremy Corbyn

Journalistic Representations of Jeremy Corbyn in the British Press

This research project provides a sound and theoretically informed analysis of the various (or unison) media representations of the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate for the Labour leadership and of him as the new leader of the largest opposition party in the UK. The research was led by Dr Bart Cammaerts, Brooks DeCillia, Cesar Jimenez-Martinez and João Carlos Magalhães.

Ellen Halsper

New Forms of Digital Inequality: Disparities in offline benefits from internet use

new report questioning the assumption that using the Internet and related ICTs is beneficial for everyone was released at 12noon on 7 May 2015. Dr Ellen Helsper, explains how increased online activity doesn’t always translate into tangible outcomes. Read more here.

Migrant Crisis

During the 2016 POLIS conference on 21 April, researchers from Media and Communications department’s European Migration Crisis and the Media project presented their preliminary findings for the first time. A panel consisting of Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Rafal Zaborowski along with student researchers Antonis Dimitriadis, Lisa Elkhoury, Afroditi Koulaxi, Sadichchha Pokharel and Pauline Vidal discussed their research on European media coverage of the migration crisis. See here for powerpoint presentation and audio.              

MSc programmes

MSc Programmes

We offer several MSc degrees: MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media & Communications; MSc Media, Communication & Development; MSc Global Media & Communications (with second year in either University of Southern California or Fudan University); MSc Politics & Communication. The Department offers two MPhil/PhD programmes in Media & Communications and in New Media, Innovation & Literacy.

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PhD Programmes

Interested in our doctoral programmes in Media and Communications or New Media, Innovation and Literacy? Submit your details here, including any prospective research proposals that you wish to gain feedback on from academic staff.


LSE 120th Anniversary Scholarships

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the School, LSE will be offering 120 Anniversary Scholarships for taught Master's students from the UK starting at LSE in 2015.The awards will vary in value, based on financial need, and are designed to help with fees and living costs. The minimum award will be £3,000 and the maximum award will be worth £25,000.


Is the future of democracy on the web?

Professor Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Dr Nick Anstead, Assistant Professor, Media and Communications department discuss the relationship between the internet, the Government and politics. They discuss examples of institutions using the internet in the UK and Germany, the benefits and failures of these initiatives and how we can use the internet for meaningful political engagement.

What does it mean to be a citizen?

Dr Shakuntala Banaji discusses different types of citizenship, and what it means to be a citizen.Why are young people so disengaged and how can we entice them to become active citizens? Who defines what it means to be a good citizen?

Media Industries and Production in China - LSE Research in Mandarin

Dr Bingchun Meng talks to Dr Catherine Xiang about her research in communication governance and media production in the context of globalization and technological shifts.They also discuss the empowering potential of digital networks in new communicative practices, and the obstacles to this empowerment.

Children's Rights in the Digital Age - Sonia Livingstone Public Lecture

Recorded on 11 February 2015, Sonia Livingstone explored whether children’s rights are enhanced or undermined by access to the internet. A blog post by Professor Livingstone also entitled Children’s Rights in the Digital Age can be viewed at the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

Gearty Grilling: Sonia Livingstone - are our children safe online?

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, discusses the challenges of keeping children safe online.

Gearty Grilling: Lilie Chouliaraki on Media Ethics & Humanitarianism

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki discusses the moral implications of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.


Subscription Redux: the news as a service
As the news business seeks a model to maximise its revenue and make its content production super efficient, could a new conception of subscription be the answer? For years I have been arguing that journalism is moving from being a manufacturing to a service industry. It used to be about creating packages of content like a newspaper that people (or the late […]

Media wars in Brazil
This article is by LSE MSc student André Lobato and is based on a presentation he gave at the event ‘Brazil, What’s Next? From the turmoil to the near future: challenges for democracy, economy, culture and human rights in Brazil’ on 20/07/2016. This is an image of Karl Marx wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses with a Marshall McLuhan sentence that urges us to […]


Parenting for a digital future

Childhood and the pursuit of meaning in today’s connected world
What does it mean to be an adolescent today? Julian Sefton-Green and Sonia Livingstone spent one year with a class of 13- and 14-year-olds – at school, at home, with their friends and online – to find out what they make of everyday life. The book about this research project¹, The Class: living and learning in the digital age, was just launched. Julian is […]

The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?
Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, examines the challenges facing parents in how to determine what degree of screen time is harmful or beneficial for their children. Her piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about families […]


Media policy project 

The first company that wanted to ‘connect the world’ wasn’t Google or Facebook
Marc Raboy is Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications at McGill University and author of Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World. Professor Raboy was a Visiting Professor at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications between September 2015 and September 2016, and will deliver a public lecture on 11 October 2016.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg attracted a lot of […]

Big data analytics: Q&A with Professor Oscar H. Gandy, Jr
Professor Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., is Emeritus Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Following a public lecture at LSE titled ‘Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma’, Catherine Speller interviews Professor Gandy about some of the issues around big data analytics that he raised in his lecture. In your talk at LSE, your focus […]





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