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Media and Communications

Departmental website lse.ac.uk/media@lse

Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
: 232
Research: 25

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 20

REF: 91 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent

Location: St Clement's

About the Department

The Department of Media and Communications offers interdisciplinary, intensive graduate teaching. We undertake research at the interface between social and technological change, seeking a critical and contextual understanding of the dynamics of the emerging digital world. Our expertise is developed and communicated through dialogue with academic, industrial and governmental audiences.

The aim of the Department is to bring together teaching and research in media and communications from across the social sciences, with a strong focus on media, communication and technological change and their implications for social, economic and political life, as well as for media and communications policy. We address crucial issues in the emerging digital world about knowledge construction, political agency, cultures and identities, and governing the media and communications environment. Our work is strongly comparative and transnational. Our engaged and critical approach is committed to strengthening interdisciplinary scholarship drawing on a number of social science disciplines and multi-method approaches to research.

The Department benefits from LSE's geographical location at the heart of one of the world's media capitals, and has excellent links with media and communication industries and policy makers in the UK.

MPhil/PhD Media and Communications
MPhil/PhD Data, Networks and Society

Visiting Research Students

The Department of Media and Communications provides an excellent research-based education to its doctoral researchers. Its mission is to guarantee the highest quality graduate research training in media and communications and to undertake original social science research in the field, emphasising in particular the relationship between media, technology and social change.

You will initially register for the MPhil and follow a taught programme involving coursework which is formally assessed. This normally includes compulsory taught theoretical courses in the Department, the Research Seminar in Media, Communications and Culture, and broad training in research methods together with specialist courses selected in discussion with their supervisors.

Towards the end of your first year, you will submit a 10,000 word research proposal. This paper will include a substantive statement of the aims, theories and methods proposed for the thesis, a tentative chapter outline, an indicative bibliography and a timetable for its completion. Evaluation of this paper, together with an oral examination based on the thesis proposal and the submission of satisfactory coursework, will contribute to assessing whether students are permitted to upgrade from MPhil to PhD and continue into their second year.

Your application

If you are applying for this programme, you should note the Department's specific recommendation for the length of your research proposal, which is 2,000-2,500 words.

Taught programmes


MPhil/PhD Media and Communications
MPhil/PhD Data, Networks and Society
Visiting Research Students

Application code: P4ZM (MPhil/PhD Media and Communications), P3ZN (MPhil/PhD Data, Networks and Society), P4E1 (Visiting Research Students) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 3 - 4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Merit in a taught master's degree in social science or humanities

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD Studentships (see Financial support), ESRC funding (see Economic and Social Research Council)

Application deadline:  13 February 2017. However please note the funding deadline: 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents