Media and Communications, M.Sc.

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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The MSc Media and Communications (Research) aims to provide:

  • a broad-based understanding of the development and forms of media and communications in relation to political economy, regulation and power, production and organisation, processes of mediation and influence, communication content and audience response

  • an 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:

  • research training for students wishing to undertake MPhil/PhD degrees.

  • advanced methodological training as preparation for research-related careers.

  • recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (1+3 and +3 schemes) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Students may also apply for the Media and Communication Governance stream of the MSc Media and Communications. This will enable them to follow courses with a focus on strategy, governance and regulation in the media and communication sectors, including courses related to media regulation and law.

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.

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 Structure

The programmes consist of four units, including required and optional courses and the dissertation. 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 examined by written examinations, research assignments, essays related to courses and the dissertation, which must be submitted in September.

The programmes run for a full calendar year. Formal teaching is usually completed by the end of the Lent Term. Examinations for all courses are generally held during May and June. The remaining months are set aside for students to complete their Dissertations, and it is not normally essential for students to remain in London during these months.

Part-time students will take and be examined in courses to the value of two units in each year of study. In the first year, these two units would normally be made up of MC400 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications, MC4M1 Methods of Research in Media and Communications 1, or MC4M5 Methods of Research in Media and Communications 2, or MC4M6 Methods of Research in Media and Communications 3, and one other half unit.

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

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)* and Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications II (Processes of communication in modern life)*
  • Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis* (for students on the non-research track)
  • Advanced Methods of Research in Media and Communication (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis) (for students on the research track)
  • Dissertation


Choose to the value of one and a half units (one unit for students on the research track):

  • Screening the Present: Contemporary Cinema and Cultural Critique*
  • Interpretations of Information*
  • Digital Convergence and Information Services*
  • Media and Communications Regulations*
  • Media Law: Regulating Publication*
  • Media Law: Regulating Newsgathering*
  • Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development*
  • Media and Communication Governance*
  • The Audience in Media and Communications*
  • Mediated Resistance and Citizens*
  • Political Communication*
  • Media, Technology and Everyday Life*
  • Contemporary Issues in Media and Communications Regulation*
  • The Social Psychology of Economic Life*
  • Gender and the Media Representation*
  • Innovation and Information Systems: Concepts and Perspectives*
  • Cultural Constructions of the Body*
  • International Media and The Global South*
  • Information, Communication and Knowledge Systems*
  • Identity, Transnationalism and the Media*
  • Critical Studies in Media and Journalism*
  • Global Media Industries*
  • Interpersonal Mediated Communication*
  • The Social Psychology of Communication
  • Science, Technology and Resistance*
  • Psychoanalysis and Communication*
  • Non-traditional Data: New Dimensions in Qualitative Research*
  • Film Theory and World Cinema*
  • Current Issues in Media and Communications*
  • Representation in the Age of Globalisation*
  • Any other half unit paper which is offered in the School at master's level, subject to the consent of the student's teachers

Students must take option courses to the value of at least one half unit from the Media and Communications Department.

Please refer to the School's policy on course capping:

Please note that the availability of option courses is dependent upon a number of factors and thus neither the School nor the Department of Media and Communications can guarantee that all options will be available each year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

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.

English requirement:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test or 107 in the internet based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 19344 International
  • GBP 19344 EU/EEA


Fee reductions and rewards

LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

Scholarships for study at LSE

LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.


If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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