|Application deadline:||None – rolling admissions|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2014|
|Credits:|| 90 ECTS |
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Educational variant:||Part-time, Full-time|
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Both offered in a research as a taught variant.
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.
(* 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.
* 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
|CAE score:||80 (Grade A)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score :||627|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||107|
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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