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MSc Media, Communication and Development



This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media, communications and development.

The main aim of this programme is to offer an advanced interdisciplinary education and training in contemporary theory and research in the field of media and communications and its application in the Global South, with a particular emphasis on low income country contexts. It aims to:

  • provide an opportunity to critically examine the intersection of the fields of media and communications and development research
  • provide research training for students wishing to go on to MPhil/PhD research in the media, communication and development field and for entry to a variety of media, communication and development related careers
  • enable students to develop a critical understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and communication in the Global South, with a particular emphasis on low income country contexts
  • allow flexibility for students to pursue particular topics of interest in the field of media and communications with an emphasis on issues that arise in low income countries

We attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds, often including professional experience working in media and communications or development 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.

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

Programme director

Shaku Banaji

Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Shakuntala Banaji lectures on International Media and the Global South, Film theory and World Cinema, and Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. She has a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick; a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmiths College, University of London, an MA English Studies in Education and a PhD Media and Communication from the Institute of Education, University of London. Before entering academia, she was a teacher of English and Media Studies in London schools through the 1990s.

Shakuntala has published extensively on young people, children and media as well as gender, ethnicity and Hindi cinema, with articles on Hindi horror films and excluded youth and news consumption recently published; and articles on children, social class and media in India, forthcoming. She has also published on creativity, the Internet and civic participation. Her current research addresses the intersection between socio-political context, media, identity and participation.

LSE Experts



Here are 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.

Don't feel you have to read everything on the list - the intention is simply to give you an idea of the level and range of material covered.

Most of these books are available in the library and we do not expect you to buy these.

  • Artz, L. and Kamalipour, Y. (eds.) (2003) The Globalisation of Corporate Media Hegemony, Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Baaz, M. E. 2005. The Paternalism of Partnership: A Postcolonial Reading of Identity and Development Aid. London and New York, Zed Books
  • Bailey, O., Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (2007) Understanding Alternative Media, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Banaji, S. (ed.) (2010) South Asian Media Cultures: Representations, Audiences, Contexts , London and New York: Anthem Press.
  • Comaroff, J. and J. L. Comaroff (2012). Theory from the south, or, how Euro-America is evolving toward Africa. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Downing, J., with Ford, T. V., Gil, G. and Stein, L. (2001) Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements, London: Sage.
  • Eagleton, T. (1991) Ideology: An Introduction, London: Verso.
  • Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Fanon, F (1965) A Dying Colonialism, New York: Grove Press. 
  • Freire, P (1972) Pedagogy of the oppressed, London: Penguin Books.
  • Galeano, E. 1973. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. New York and London: Monthly Review Press.
  • Guijt, Irene, and Meera Kaul Shah, eds. 1998. The Myth of Community: Gender Issues in Participatory Development. London, UK: Intermediate Technology Publications.
  • Hall, S. (ed.) (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifiying Practices, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  
  • Hemer, O and Tufte, T (2003) Media and Glocal Change: Rethinking Communication for Development, Gšteborg and Buenos Aires: NORDICOM and CLASCO.
  • Hickey, S and Mohan, G. 2004. Participation: From Tyranny to Transformation? Exploring New Approaches to Participation in Development, London and New York: ZED Books.
  • Kapoor, I. (2008). The Postcolonial Politics of Development. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Lukes, S. (1974/2005) Power: A Radical View, London: British Sociological Association.
  • Manyozo, L (2011) Engaging Communities Using Radio: Sustainable Development in Africa, Penang, Malasia: Southbound.
  • Manyozo, L. (2012). Media, Communication and Development: Three Approaches. London: Sage.
  • Melkote, S. R. and Steeves, H. L. (2001) Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice for Empowerment, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.
  • Mody, B. (ed.) (2003) International and Development Communication: A 21st Century Perspective, 2nd Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Mohanty, C. et al. (eds.) (1990) Third world women and the politics of feminism, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Nyamnjoh, F. B. (2005). Africa's media, democracy and the politics of belonging, London: Zed Books.
  • Roy, S. (2005) Globalisation, ICT and Developing Nations: Challenges in the Information Age, New Delhi: Sage.
  • Quebral, N (1988) Development communication, Laguna: UPLB College of Agriculture.
  • Said, E. W. (1978). Orientalism. London: Penguin
  • Servaes, J (Ed.) (2008) Communication for Development and Social Change, New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, London and Singapore: Sage.
  • Wieringa, S. and Sivori, S. (eds) (2014) The Sexual History of the Global South: Sexual Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America. London: Zed Books..
  • Wilkins, K. G. (ed.) (2000) Redeveloping Communication for Social Change: Theory, Practice and Power, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


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.


Sadaf Khan

MSc Media, Communication & Development, graduated in 2014
Manager Program, Bytes for All 

I've been working as Manager Program, Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression with a Pakistan based digital rights NGO Bytes for All. My work includes researches, incorporating policy and legislative reviews, case studies and creation of basic frameworks for digital rights. I'm also involved in digital rights advocacy at the UN and within the region. 

I'm working on research projects related to media regulation and policy in Pakistan. I'm also looking to expand the research focus to larger Asia eventually. I would love to collaborate on any relevant researches that LSE Media Department, whether through POLIS or through Media Policy Project undertakes.


Kanika Jha

MSc Media, Communication & Development, graduated in 2012
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

After completing my postgraduate degree at LSE, I was fortunate enough to start working with an International Development organisation based in New Delhi, India. I work with the Policy, Advocacy and Communications team at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). It is incredible how classroom learning and theoretical concepts learnt at LSE get replicated everyday at my workplace. Evaluating development interventions and framing an effective communications and policy strategy for impact evaluation studies, has made me value the modules I chose during my year at LSE. While at LSE, I also decided to complement my academic life with an internship at ARTICLE 19, a human rights NGO based in London. Who knew I would get the opportunity to act as an interim Press Officer after two months into the internship! These accomplishments have made me value my academic life at LSE. The vast number of courses and modules are enough to whet your hunger for knowledge. I would encourage prospective students to value all that the institution has to offer to you, and to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to education.