These programmes offer an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications. They aim 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 programme also provides advanced research training, enhancing students' methodological and statistical skills. This degree offers:
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.
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.
(* half unit)
Choose to the value of one and a half units (one unit for students on the research track):
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: lse.ac.uk/coursecapping
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Minimum entry requirement:
No work experience is required.
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