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MSc Media and Communications MSc Media and Communications (Research)

About the Media and Communications MSc programme

This programme offers an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications coupled with advanced research training, enhancing students' methodological and statistical skills. The MSc Media and Communications (Research) aims to provide:

  • a broad and critical understanding of the development and forms of media and communications in relation to processes of mediation and influence, production, media representations and content, audience response, political economy, regulation and power
  • a critical up-to-date engagement with diverse theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments in research on media and communications
  • a mix of core and optional courses, culminating in an independent research project in media and communications, that provides an ideal preparation for research or employment in media and communications and related fields
  • a degree of flexibility to tailor the programme to pursue particular topics of interest by selecting from a wide range of courses taught by leading experts in the Department of Media and Communications and other departments at LSE

The Research-track stream provides advanced research training, enhancing students' methodological and analytical skills. This degree offers within the general media and communications MSc Programme:

  • advanced quantitative and qualitative methodological training as preparation for research-related careers
  • research training for students wishing to undertake MPhil/PhD degrees
  • recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 and +3 schemes) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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

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

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. Compulsory 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 supported by staff supervision.

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)

Research-track students will be expected to choose optional 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 Media and Communications and MSc Media and Communications (Research) 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.

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. Contact lse.ac.uk/media@lse/alumni for further information.


Application codes: P4U1 (P4U6 Research) (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 100/939

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: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). The MSc Media and Communications (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see ESRC

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. For consideration for ESRC funding: 11 January 2016

A photo of Kate Lovell, an LSE student