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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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Ulrich Beck

The Department of Media and Communications mourns the sudden death on 1 January 2015 of Ulrich Beck, Centennial Professor at LSE and a leading theorist of cosmopolitanisation, and media and communications' role within it. LSE Director Craig Calhoun has written a piece commemorating Professor Beck, which can be found here|.

Claire Milne

Claire Milne|, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, has been awarded an MBE for services to the telecommunications sector in the 2015 New Year's Honours list. Many congratulations to Claire, who has had a long and varied career with telecommunications policy as its central theme. Read more here|.


REF 2014|

We are delighted to announce that the Department has been ranked first in the UK in its Unit of Assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment: 47% of our outputs were world-leading as were both impact case studies, our impact environment and our general research environment.

MSc programmes

NEW Our MSc Media & Communications (Data & Society) |is taking applications. It offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the significance of data and information within contemporary societies and communications.

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Study for a PhD at the Department of Media and Communications|

Deadline: 12 January 2015

With a research environment ranked world-leading in REF 2014, the Department of Media and Communications provides an excellent research-based education to its doctoral students.


Children's Rights in the Digital Age|

Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Sonia Livingstone|, LSE
Respondents: Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF; Professor Robin Mansell|, LSE
Chair: Professor Nick Couldry|, LSE

Are children’s rights enhanced or undermined by access to the internet? Charters and manifestos for the digital age are proliferating, but where do children fit in?

Followed by a drinks reception.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEchildrights

Sean Jacobs

Shifting African Digital Landscapes|

LSE Africa Talks Public Lecture

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

Speaker: Dr Sean Jacobs|, The New School
Chair:  Dr Wendy Willems|, LSE

Developments and changes to the online media sphere point to interesting possibilities for how Africans are engaging in the global public sphere. Whether via irreverent Youtube prank videos, blogs, Instagram, song remixes, or producing independent online media (such as the Nigerian-focused Sahara Reporters), among others, and addressing topics such as homosexuality, gender relations, economic relations, African subjects are taking their place more and more as audiences and agents, rather than as receivers of aid and information.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEAfrica


Caring in Crisis|

A one-day colloquium ‘Caring in Crisis?’ sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for Social Research was held on Saturday 7 June. The event marked the completion of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on NGOs’ production of and the UK public responses to messages about humanitarian crises and international development. 


Shani Orgad| recently published Intimacy at a distance’ in humanitarian communication| in Media, Culture & Society.

Photo: Hugo Infante - Gobierno de Chile

PhD Student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published Disasters as media events: the rescue of the Chilean miners on national and global television|, an analysis of the narratives constructed during the live coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010.

Bart Cammaerts| and PhD student Cesar Jimenez-Martinez| recently published The Mediation of the Brazilian V-for-Vinegar protests: from vilification to legitimization and back?,| an analysis of the role of the media during the recent demonstrations in Brazil.
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MPhil/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|.

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.


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.