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MSc Media and Communications (Governance)

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This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the governance and regulation of media and communication, including internet and digital platforms, press freedom, telecommunications, broadcasting and the converging media. When urgent questions are being asked, after controversies such as the Edward Snowden revelations, about government’s influence on the internet and the power of media corporations, the content of this programme has never been more relevant.

The MSc Media and Communications (Media and Communication Governance) has a strong focus on international comparison, including at the European level, with opportunities to take courses in departments of Media and Communications, Government and Law. The programme aims to provide:

  • a broad-based understanding of the institutions and regulations that structure the development of media and communication systems. The programme covers policy, regulatory, legal and economic aspects of media and communication services
  • an up-to-date engagement with the latest developments in research on media and communications, specifically relating to communications governance at regional, national and international levels
  • a mix of core and optional courses, culminating in an independent research project that provides an ideal preparation for research or employment in the media and communications industries and specifically in related fields of policy, regulation, information systems analysis and government itself
  • the flexibility to tailor the programme to pursue particular topics of interest by selecting from a wide range of courses taught by world-leading experts in the Department of Media and Communications and other departments at LSE
  • opportunities to participate with the Department’s Media Policy Project, led by Dr Damian Tambini, which is very active in intervening in national and international policy debates and provides internship opportunities for students

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. Many of our students take up the opportunity to participate actively in policy and governance through engaging with policymakers at the EU and UK level, and writing for the LSE Media Policy Blog.

For more details and entry requirements, please check on the School's graduate prospectus page.  

Programme director

Seeta Gangadharan

Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Seeta's current research projects include:

Seeta’s research interests lie at the intersection of communication policy and social justice. Her approach to research is grounded in democratic theories of media and critical studies of technology and policy. This approach is informed by a history of media activism and policy advocacy aimed at broadening meaningful access to communication technology. Her work addresses both policies and policymaking processes that relate to of inclusion and democracy.

Her most recent work focuses on issues of privacy, surveillance, data profiling, and historically marginalized communities. In 2012, she conducted a multisite study of digital literacy providers, probing privacy and surveillance anxieties of the underserved and highlighting the weakness of social, technical, and policy infrastructures in mitigating those concerns. In 2015, she began collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Data & Society Research Institute, and Research Action Design, to examine the impact of privacy literacy for professionals on the frontlines of digital access and literacy provision. In 2015, with Virginia Eubanks and Joseph Turow, she also began a study of digital privacy to understand the social, political, and economic contexts that produce, aggravate, and address concerns about data flows pertaining to members of vulnerable populations.



Set out below, you will find some suggested readings that will prove helpful to you in preparing for your arrival at LSE, and for finding out about courses you may be interested in taking.

It is not essential that you read everything on the list - the intention is simply to give you an idea of the level and range of material covered. 

  • Freedman, D. (2008) The Politics of Media Policy. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Harcourt, A. (2005) The European Union And The Regulation Of Media Markets.Manchester: Manchester University Press. 
  • Lessig, L. (2006) Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books. 
  • Lessig, L. (2008) Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 
  • Lunt, P., and Livingstone, S. (2012) Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers. London: Sage.
  • Mansell, R. and Collins, B. S. (eds) (2005) Trust and Crime in Information Societies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Mansell, R. (2012). Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation, and Governance. Oxford: OUP. 
  • Mansell, R., Avgerou, C., Quah, D. and Silverstone, R. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Picard, V. Reopening the Postwar Settlement for U.S. Media: The Origins and Implications of the Social Contract Between Media, the State, and the Polity.Communication Culture and Critique 3 (2010) 170-189.
  • Puppis, Manuel. Media Governance: A New Concept for the Analysis of Media Policy and Regulation Communication, Culture & Critique 3 (2010) 134-149. 
  • Richards, E., Foster, R. and Kiedrowski, T. (eds) (2006) Communications: The Next Decade. London, Ofcom. 
  • Tambini, D; Leonardi, D and Marsden, C. (2008) Codifying Cyberspace. Self regulation in Convergent Media. London: Routledge

 You may also find relevant the reading list of the MSc Media and Communications:

  • Allen, Stuart (ed). The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. Routledge 2010
  • Beckett, Ch. (2008) SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World.  Malden, MA: Blackwell/Wiley.
  • Briggs, A. and Burke, P. (2002) A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Calabrese, A. and Sparks, C. (eds) (2004) Toward a Political Economy of Culture, Capitalism and Communication in the 21st Century, Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Castells, Manuel. (2009). Communication Power. Oxford University Press.
  • Couldry, N. (2012). Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Curran, J. and Gurevitch, M. (eds) (2005) Mass Media and Society. 4th ed. London: Arnold.
  • Curran, J. and Seaton, J. (2003) Power Without Responsibility. London: Routledge.
  • Mansell, R. (2012) Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance. Oxford University Press.
  • Mattelart, A. (2003) The Information Society: An introduction. London: Sage.
  • McChesney, R (2000) Rich Media Poor Democracy. New York: New Press.
  • Papacharissi, Z. A. (2010). A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age. Cambridge: Polity. 
  • Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Silverstone, R. (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage.
  • Thompson, J.B. (1995) The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media.Cambridge: Polity.
  • Wasko, J. (ed.). (2005) A Companion to Television. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Wu, Tim. (2010) The Master Switch. The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Borzio Books. 

Information on graduate destinations can be found in the Media and Communications Department Alumni pages and the LSE Careers Media and Communications Department statistics pages.

For a more exhaustive list of our alumni, please refer to the MSc alumni pages.


Katherine Relle

Media & Communication Governance, graduated in 2012
Product Management Associate, J.P. Morgan

After completing my M.Sc. in Media & Communication Governance, I moved back to the U.S. I continued to work remotely with the London-based social media intelligence company, Human Digital, to publish a white paper discussing the utility of social media analysis for the heavily-regulated global pharmaceutical industry. While conducting my research, I simultaneously interned at CNN International located at the CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently in the process of moving to New York City to begin a career with J.P. Morgan Chase as a Regulatory Product Management Associate in the Asset Management function of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

My MSc. in Media & Communication Governance allows me to contribute a unique skill set to my new role, which combines my knowledge of social science research methods, my understanding of global information flows, and my expertise in systems of governance in order to analyze and manage growing financial industry regulations.


Leandro Humberto Pereira Beguoci

MSc Media & Communication Governance, graduated in 2010
FOX International Channels

Since I graduated, in 2009, I took part in a lot of different projects, most of them online projects. From 2010 to 2012, I worked for one of the most important websites in Brazil, iG, creating a news agency and taking part of the innovation group. In 2012, I moved to FOX International Channels, in Brazil, where I am editor-in-chief of the online projects, including FOX Sports, FOX, National Geographic and FX.