M.Sc. Social and Public Communication

London School of Economics and Political Science

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions
Tuition fee:
  • € 11,620 / Year (EEA)
  • € 17,973 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This MSc will explore communication as a social psychological process
central to the conduct of everyday life. Communication is both the foundation of social life as well as a professional activity to influence and persuade, to gain advantage, to build and sustain trust, and to reach a common understanding on a controversial issue. You will be provided with an overview of various theories of public communication that enable you to analyse communication events and the practical dilemmas faced by those working in different domains of public communication.

Central themes include:

* The psychological and societal process involved in public communication
* Conceptual frameworks for analysis, evaluation and design of public communication.
* Developments in the analysis, evaluation and design of public communication in the domains of politics, business, development, health and science and technology.

The programme is not a training programme in social marketing; its objective is not simply to equip students with techniques for efficient and effective persuasion. It is an academic, research based programme that will enable you, through a range of core and topical courses to engage critically with existing tools of analysis, evaluation and design of communication endeavours. We offer a comparative approach across a range of domains where public communication is pivotal. This includes an awareness of international attempts to establish professional competence in public communication. Students taking the MSc in Social and Public Communication can count part of their MSc degree towards the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma.

We expect our graduates to find employment in a range of fields involving public communication including advertising, journalism, publishing, public relations and public affairs, corporate communication, marketing, public administration, education, social research, and various national and international institutions and NGOs. Some even found their own communication consultancy company.


The programme involves completing four course units, including a research report of 10,000 words.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

* Social Psychology of Communication
* Research Methods
* Research Report


Options will allow students to specialise in communication issues. Choose one full unit from:

* Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology
* Social Representations*
* Current Communication Research*
* The Social Psychology of Economic Life*
* Social Psychology of Health Communication*
* Issues in Social Psychology: Evolutionary and Social Psychology*
* Knowledge Processes in Organisations*
* Representations, Institutions and Communities*
* Corporate Communications*
* Science, Technology and Resistance*
* Societal Psychology*
* Organisational and Social Decision Making*
* Issues in Organisational and Social Psychology: Organisational Life*
* Psychoanalysis and Communication*
* Cognition and Culture*
* Inter-cultural Relations and Racism*
* Theory and Practice of Organisational Development*
* A half unit from another programme (with approval)

Not all these courses may be available in any one year.


Minimum entry requirement:

* 2:1 in social science and relevant professional experience
* To be considered for a place you should normally have a good honours degree in one of the social sciences and have relevant professional experience.

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 627
TOEFL iBT® test: 107

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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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