MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT)

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Media and Communications
  • Application code P4UC
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Cape Town, Houghton Street, London

This unique double degree allows students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town.

This programme will give students the opportunity to:

  • critically explore mediation in a global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications;
  • study a range of theoretical courses at LSE, flexibly tailoring the programme to develop specialist interests, culminating in an independent research project on a topic in global media and communications;
  • study a range of theoretical and/or practice-based courses at UCT and develop practical skills in an optional creative production at UCT;
  • gain professional experience during an internship in Cape Town;
  • prepare for high-level employment in media and communications-related professions anywhere in the world.

Students will be trained to examine the intersection of media and globalisation from an African vantage point. Students will gain an understanding of global media and communications in an African context and African media and communications in a global context. In our increasingly globalised world, international experience gained on one of our global programmes is invaluable and provides an excellent knowledge and experience base to work from. 

Teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term 2020 
Information on how LSE will deliver teaching and learning in Michaelmas term can be found here.

Programme details

Key facts

MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT)
Start date 28 September 2020
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration Full-time only: 12 months at LSE, plus second year at University of Cape Town, South Africa
Applications 2018 394 (includes MSc Global Media and Communications, LSE and USC, and LSE and Fudan)
Intake 2018 61 (includes MSc Global Media and Communications, LSE and USC, and LSE and Fudan)
Tuition fee Year one (at LSE): £22,608
Year two (at UCT): Approximately R196,700 (plus an average ten per cent annual increase). This figure  includes all tuition fees, accommodation and related expenses
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 27 April 2020)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science, or another field with professional experience in media and communications (you must also meet the UCT entry requirements)
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'Assessing your application')
Location  LSE, Houghton Street, London (year one), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa (year two)

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE-UCT)

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in social science, or a degree in another field with professional experience in media and communications.

You only need to apply to LSE but you must meet both the LSE and UCT entry requirements. 

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- statement of academic purpose
- two academic references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details. 

Programme structure and courses

The first year at LSE lays solid theoretical and methodological foundation for future media and communications professionals to examine issues of media and communication within their political, social and cultural context. Please note that at LSE we do not provide practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management. 

First year, at LSE

(* denotes a half unit)

Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)* 
Addresses key theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of media and communications.

Media and Globalisation*

Explores and demonstrates the role of the media and communications in the processes of globalisation.

Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis)*
Provides general training in research methods and techniques.

An independent research project of 12,000 words  on an approved topic.

Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

Second year, at University of Cape Town

During the second year at the University of Cape Town, you will examine global media and communications from an African vantage point. You will do an internship in Cape Town and take a core course in Advanced Media Methodology. You can choose to write a dissertation or to complete a creative media production.

In addition, you will select two courses from a range of theoretical and practice-oriented options offered by the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS), or by other departments at UCT (with a maximum of one optional course from outside CFMS).

Optional courses offered by CFMS include: Avant-Garde Film, Travel Writing, Narrative Literary Journalism, Media Markets and Media Strategy, Political Communication, Political Journalism, Environmental Documentary, Advanced Television Analysis, Crisis Communication in Africa, South African Public Rhetoric, Understanding Public Argumentation, Screenwriting, Forms and Theories of Adaptation, Film and Environment, Media and the Public Domain, Media and National Development Policy, Creative Non-Fiction, Rhetoric of SA Social Memory, Mobile Media and Communications, Approaches to African Cinema and Conceptualising South Africa cinema.

More information about the second year at UCT

To find the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that 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 events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. 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.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

At LSE you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. This includes sessions such as lectures, classes, seminars or workshops. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar  within the Teaching section of each course guide.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.


Formal classroom teaching is usually completed by the end of the Lent term. Coursework is usually submitted in January and May, and examinations are generally held in May and June. The remaining months are set aside for you to complete the dissertations, supported by staff supervision. 

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. You will be summatively assessed by written examinations (seen and unseen), research assignments, essays and the dissertation, which must be submitted in August.

Teaching and assessment in the second year will vary according to each institution. 

Academic support

You will be assigned an academic mentor within the Department who will be available to discuss your personal and academic concerns. 

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


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. 

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.


Preliminary reading

Set out below, you will find some suggested readings that will prove helpful to you in preparing for your arrival at LSE, and for finding out about courses you may be interested in taking.

It is not essential that you read everything on the list - the intention is simply to give you an idea of the level and range of material covered.

  • Appadurai, A. (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Flew, T. (2007) Understanding Global Media. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kraidy, M. (2005) Hybridity, Or, The Cultural Logic of Globalization. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Maxwell, R.(ed.) (2001) Culture Works: Essays on the Political Economy of Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Miller, T. (et al.) (2005) Global Hollywood 2. London: BFI Publishing.
  • Orgad, S. (2012). Media Representation and the Global Imagination. Cambridge: Polity Press. 
  • Pickering, M. (2001) Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Rantanen, T. (2004) The Media and Globalization. London: Sage.
  • Silverstone, R. (2007). Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press. 
  • Tomlinson, J. (1999) Globalisation and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Thussu, D. (2006) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2020/21 for MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT)

UK/EU students, first year: £22,608 (2020/21 at LSE)
Overseas students, first year: £22,608 (2020/21 at LSE)
UK/EU students, second year: total estimated costs at UCT (including tuition fees, accommodation and related expenses) were ZAR196,700 in 2019 (please add 10 percent annual inflation to calculate estimated costs in 2021/22)
Overseas students, second year: total estimated costs at UCT (including tuition fees, accommodation and related expenses) were ZAR196,700 in 2019 (please add 10 percent annual inflation to calculate estimated costs in 2021/22)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee at LSE is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. However any financial support you are eligible for will depend on whether you are classified as a Home (UK/EU) or Overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £13 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. In addition, a number of other internal and external funding opportunities for African students are listed here and here. Please note that further announcements on financial support may be made, including regarding students’ second year in Cape Town.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. 

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline. 
Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 27 April 2020.

Two LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) are earmarked for African offer holders on the double MSc/MA degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) for entry in September 2020. The awards cover the first year of study at LSE. Students are expected to self-fund the second year of study at UCT. Offer holders should be African residents and preference is given to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Awards are means tested and up to the value of full fees and living costs at £1,200 per month. Students interested in the scholarship opportunity are advised to apply as soon as possible but by 31 March 2020 at the latest. If they receive an offer, they must then complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form by 5pm GMT on 27 April 2020.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

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