Social and Public Communication, M.Sc.

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London School of Economics and Political Science ,
This programme explores communication as a social psychological process central to the conduct of everyday life, in public as well as in private. 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 a community of trust, and to reach a common understanding on a controversial issue.
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This programme explores communication as a social psychological process central to the conduct of everyday life, in public as well as in private. 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 a community of trust, and to reach a common understanding on a controversial issue. You will be provided with an overview of theories of communication that enable you to analyse communication events and the practical dilemmas faced by those working in different domains of public communication. Central themes will 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 politics, business, development, health and science and technology
  • new communication and media technologies are not central to this analysis, but will be analysed by their emerging (dys)function

The programme is not simply a training programme in social marketing offering you a box of tools and rhetorical tricks 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, with a focus on clear language across a range of domains where public communication is pivotal. This includes an awareness of international attempts to establish professional competence in public communication. The programme is exclusively recognised by the professional certification of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK.

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.

Programme details

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


MSc Social and Public Communication (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Social Psychology of Communication examines core theories towards a social psychology of communication.
  • Methods for Social Psychological Research provides students with an overview and method skills to conduct empirical social psychological research.
  • Dissertation allows students to 'show and tell' their learning effort with a small research project that is well documented and presented.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options including research methods.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates find excellent employment and career opportunities in a range of sectors of the communications industry including consultancy, journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, education and outreach, and in international organisations. Several former graduates have created their own business.

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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Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science and relevant professional experience

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 19344 International
  • GBP 12504 EU/EEA


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Student Finance for 2015/16

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Application Deadlines

Student Finance England - New students 31 May, Continuing students 30 June

Student Finance Wales - New students 15 May, Continuing students 5 June

Student Finance Northern Ireland - New students 17 April, Continuing students 30 June

The application service for EU Students will launch on 23 February

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Lent Term

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The scheduled payment dates are:

Michaelmas Term, Friday 17 October 2014

Lent Term, Friday 23 January 2015

Summer Term, Monday 11 May 2015

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