Masters | Postgraduate Course - Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) MSc Course Details within London School of Economics and Political Science

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Year one: £20,904 (2018 entry, at LSE) Year two: TBC (at UCT)
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Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) MSc

Study Details

MSc Full-time only: 12 months at LSE, plus second year at University of Cape Town, South Africa

This unique double degree enables you to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent, with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

The programme will provide you with a critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications. In our ever increasingly globalised world, international experience gained on one of our global programmes is invaluable and provides an excellent knowledge and experience base to work from. 

Module details

The first year at LSE lays solid theoretical and methodological foundation for future media and communications professionals to examine issues of media and communication within their political, social and cultural context. Please note that at LSE we do not provide practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management. 

First year, at LSE

(* denotes a half unit)

  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)* 
  • Media and Globalisation*
  • Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis)*
  • Dissertation.

Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

Second year, at University of Cape Town

During the second year at the University of Cape Town, you will examine global media and communications from an African vantage point. You will do an internship in Cape Town and take a core course in Advanced Media Methodology. You can choose to write a dissertation or to complete a creative media production.

In addition, you will select two courses from a range of theoretical and practice-oriented options offered by the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS), or by other departments at UCT (with a maximum of one optional course from outside CFMS).

Optional courses offered by CFMS include: Avant-Garde Film, Travel Writing, Narrative Literary Journalism, Media Markets and Media Strategy, Political Communication, Political Journalism, Environmental Documentary, Advanced Television Analysis, Crisis Communication in Africa, South African Public Rhetoric, Understanding Public Argumentation, Screenwriting, Forms and Theories of Adaptation, Film and Environment, Media and the Public Domain, Media and National Development Policy, Creative Non-Fiction, Rhetoric of SA Social Memory, Mobile Media and Communications, Approaches to African Cinema and Conceptualising South Africa cinema.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in social science, or another field with professional experience in media and communications (you must also meet the UCT entry requirements)

Student Destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of global careers including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors.