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MSc Politics and Communication

About the MSc programme

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of the relations between politics, media and communications. It aims to provide:

  • An advanced understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge in the intersecting fields of politics and communication research.
  • The flexibility to pursue particular topics of interest in the fields of media, politics and communication, culminating in an independent research project in politics and communications.
  • The opportunity to take courses taught in the Department of Government, as part of the programme options.
  • An ideal preparation for research work and employment in media, politics, communication and related fields.

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.

You should have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in a social science subject. We particularly welcome applications from those with professional experience in the media and communication fields and, in this case, we would accept a degree in other subjects. Exceptionally we may consider professional experience instead of a first degree.

The Department of Media and Communications requires applicants in receipt of a conditional offer to meet those conditions before registration and before the start of the Michaelmas term.

Programme details

The programme consists of four units, including compulsory and optional courses, and the dissertation. Taught courses typically involve a combination of lectures and seminars. The Methods of Research course is taught as a series of lectures and practical classes. You will be assessed by written examinations, research assignments, essays and the dissertation, which must be submitted in August.

The programmes runs for one year. Formal classroom teaching is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. Coursework is usually submitted in January and May, examinations are generally held in  May and June. The remaining months are set aside for students to complete the dissertations. Please note that we do not provide a practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management. 

Part-time students will normally take and be examined in courses to the value of two units in each year of study. In the first year, these two units, selected in discussion with the student's academic adviser, will usually include the compulsory theoretical course(s) and one or more option course(s). The methods course(s) and the dissertation are then usually taken in the second year, together with the remaining option course(s). Students may be permitted to vary the courses to be taken in each year with the approval of their academic adviser.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of careers in the UK and abroad, including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors. See lse.ac.uk/media@lse/alumni| for more information.


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Application code: P4UA (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 29/163

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in the media and communications field. Exceptionally, professional experience alone (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions, however the number of places on this programme is limited and admissions will close when the programme is full. Check current availability|.

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