About the MSc programme
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 and Dr Sally Broughton-Micova, 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.
MSc Media and Communications (Media and Communication Governance) students take full advantage of London’s status as the leading global media industry city. They go on to work in a variety of sectors, many of them working with leading organisations in media strategy, regulation and public affairs.
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 may accept a degree in another subject.
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.
If English is not your first language or if the language of instruction for your first degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English as part of the admissions process. In addition, we strongly recommend that you consider additional language instruction before you register in order to be confident that you can participate fully in your programme. Experience has shown that students who are fully proficient in English are best placed to make the most of all that LSE has to offer, both academically and socially. The LSE Language Centre offers courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to support you before the start of the programme, as well as during your studies.
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 programme 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.
(* half unit)
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units 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.
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.