Course selection and videos

Browse and select the courses which are right for you

4_My_education_web_my_education_747x420On this page you can learn about how to select postgraduate courses and watch short videos to help you find out about which optional courses are right for you.

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Course selection overview

How to select courses:

  • Watch the video guide for selecting courses recorded by our Programmes Coordinator Ben McDonald. Watch the video.
  • Read our powerpoint presentation about selecting courses. Read the presentation.
  • Further instructions and guidance on how to find and select courses on LSE for You is available here.

When to select courses:

  • Postgraduate students will be able to browse (but not select) courses from 10am on Monday 19 September 2022.
  • Course selection for postgraduate students will open at 10am on Thursday 22 September. The Department will begin making offers for optional courses at 10am on Friday 23 September.
  • Course selection will close at 5pm on Friday 7 October 2022.
  • You will be able to make changes to Lent Term half units from 10am on Monday 16 January 2023 until 5pm on Friday 27 January 2023.

Core courses

Each MSc degree programme in the Department consists of courses to the value of 4 units. 2.5 of these are 'core' courses (which are compulsory), and 1.5 are 'optional' courses (which you can choose). The only exception is the MSc in Media and Communications (Research), which consists of 3 units of core courses and 1 unit of optional course/s.

View your own degree programme and its constituent courses below. 

MSc in Media and Communications

MSc in Media and Communications (Research)

  • MC408 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications (Half Unit)
    About this course | Watch the video
  • Either MC4M2 Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (Full Unit) or MC4M8 Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (Full Unit)
    About MC4M2 | About MCM48 | Watch the video
  • MC499 Dissertation (Full Unit)
    About this course | Watch the video
  • Optional Courses
    You can select optional courses to the value of 1 unit. See your own programme regulations for a full list of courses you can select. See the Optional courses section below for optional courses run by the Department of Media and Communications. 

MSc in Global Media and Communications (with USC, Fudan and UCT)

MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society)

MSc in Media and Communications (Governance)

MSc in Media, Development and Communication

MSc in Politics and Communication

MSc in Strategic Communications

Optional courses

Browse optional courses taught by the Department of Media and Communications below. You can browse optional courses taught by other Departments on the LSE Course Guides webpage

Suspended courses

The Department of Media and Communications has not suspended any courses in the 2022/23 academic year. For a list of suspended courses across LSE in this academic year, please see the following webpage.

Auditing courses

At LSE, when you 'audit' a course, it means that you can attend the lectures for that course (without credit) and you can access the course readings and Moodle page, but you cannot attend seminars or submit assessed work for that course. Audited courses do not appear on your final transcript and your attendance is not recorded for any course you audit.

In order to audit a course, you must contact the course convenor directly for permission.


Lecture & Seminar Timetables can be viewed by course code. Student personal timetables will be published on Student Hub after course selections and seminar allocations have been finalised.

See the Timetable publication information page for more information.