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MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications with Annenberg School, USC or Fudan University

About the MSc programme

This unique two-year programme enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at either the School of Journalism, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC) – a top US communication school with close links to the Los Angeles media industry, or at Fudan University – a top journalism faculty with close links to Shanghai's media industry, to gain expertise in Chinese media.

The programme aims to provide:

  • critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications
  • the opportunity to study a range of courses, flexibly tailoring the programme to develop specialist interests, culminating in an independent research project on a topic in global media and communications
  • preparation for high-level employment in media and communications related professions anywhere in the world
  • the opportunity for internships in Los Angeles or Shanghai

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, preferably 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.

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.

Programme details

Year one at LSE consists of four units (up to seven courses), including compulsory and optional courses and the dissertation. Teaching typically involves 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 related to courses and the dissertation, which must be submitted in mid-August.

The double degree programme runs for two years. Formal teaching at LSE is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. At LSE, coursework is usually submitted in January and May, examinations for year one courses are generally held in May and June. The remaining months of year two are set aside for students to complete the dissertation before relocating to USC or Fudan in August. Students graduate from USC in May of year two and from Fudan University in June of year two.

Further information:

Please note that at LSE we do not provide a practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management. 

Year one: LSE

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

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

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Global Media and Communications in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Mandarin language classes

All students in Year one of MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan) will also attend 40 hours of Mandarin language classes at the appropriate level in the LSE Language Centre or the LSE Confucius Institute for Business. Mandarin language assessment does not form part of the MSc assessment, but attendance, for which there is no additional fee to the student, is required for all students on this programme except those already completely fluent in Mandarin. 

Year two: Annenberg, USC Annenberg logo

Compulsory course

  • Global Communication Research Practicum (4 units)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of 20 units from a range of options.

Please note that if you are applying for the LSE-USC dual degree, you should submit both the LSE online application and the USC Graduate Admission application. Before starting your USC Graduate Admission application, please review the graduate application guidelines on the USC Annenberg School website. Please note that applications are reviewed by both institutions.

Year two : Fudan  Fudan_Logo

Students will be expected to choose a range of core and optional courses in Chinese language, culture and media.

For more details of second year in Fudan, please visit: www.xwxy.fudan.edu.cn/dm 

Fudan University Students Students already enrolled in a master’s programme at Fudan University are eligible to apply through the normal application process, but it is advisable that they consult with Fudan University in advance of submitting an application.

Applicants from China Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), including students who are already studying at an overseas university (ie, outside of China), are required by Chinese law to complete the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination and meet all the requirements for PRC students for entry into a master's degree programme at Fudan.

Important: Please consult with Fudan University of School of Journalism before submitting an application. Contact:

Mr Wang Kun,
Programme Coordinator, LSE-Fudan Double-Degree
Fudan University – School of Journalism
Tel: 00-86-21-55664686
Email: jakewang2011@gmail.com

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of global careers including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors. For further information about graduate destinations, see www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/alumni


lse.ac.uk/media@lse lse.ac.uk/globalMedia

Application code:  P4U4 (LSE and USC), P4UB (LSE and Fudan)
(check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time at LSE, followed by second year at University of Southern California or Fudan University, Shanghai

Intake/applications in 2014: 64/299

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Not required but will be considered if submitted

Fee level: £19,344 for Year one at LSE only

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). Some specific financial support will be available to exceptional students on this programme

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

Maria Shriver