Dissertation: Media and Communications

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Simidele Dosekun will convene the teaching and organisation of this course, and will oversee allocation of dissertation supervisors (one per student).


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society), MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance), MSc in Media and Communications (Research), MSc in Media, Communication and Development, MSc in Politics and Communication and MSc in Strategic Communications. This course is not available as an outside option.



Course content

The aim of this dissertation is for students to pursue an independent piece of research within the field of media and communications following the guidelines provided in the Department's dissertation guide and the instructions of academic staff. The dissertation is usually a combination of theoretical enquiry and original empirical enquiry concerning an issue in the field of media and communications. On rare occasions it is based on a theoretical interrogation. Students are encouraged to select a topic that reflects the content of their MSc programme. In all cases, students must obtain the approval of their dissertation supervisor before embarking on any research.


This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and one-to-one supervision sessions in the AT, WT and ST. 

Formative coursework

Students are required to submit an ethics review, literature review and dissertation plan to their dissertation supervisor.

Indicative reading

There are no formal reading lists, but students are encouraged to consult departmental handbooks on how to write dissertations.


Dissertation (100%, 12000 words) in August.

The dissertation must be no less than 10,000 words and no more than 12,000 words in length.

Key facts

Department: Media and Communications

Total students 2022/23: 326

Average class size 2022/23: 11

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: One Unit

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