This programme gives you the skills to work with media and communication in international developmental cooperation as well as in other areas.
This is a half-time study programme, combining courses on culture, communication and development and integrating them with practical field work. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of expressing processes of social change – within the contexts of globalisation.
The form of study is unique, comprising a combination of live seminars and web-based communication. The seminars (2 days) are compulsory and consist of lectures, discussions and workshops. Overseas students who cannot physically attend can follow the seminars online. In between the seminars, the students carry out assignments individually and in groups.
In the first year, students receive a comprehensive overview of globalisation and a systematic inventory of the entire field. In the second year, students follow specialised courses which end with an independent project concentrated on one of the field’s sub-areas.
Future employment opportunities include work for professional media companies, international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and PhD studies.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
The equivalent of Swedish secondary school English course B.
Academic credits 20%, Letter of intent/Experience document 80% Note There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!
There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!
What is Communication for Development?
Communication for Development (ComDev) is an interdisciplinary field combining studies on culture, media, communication and development. ComDev explores communication within contexts of articulating global and local processes of social change.
The ComDev field is part science, part craft and part art, and its multidisciplinary academic foundations draw on aspects of development studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. These multiple entry points create a rich framework for challenging hegemonic notions and knowledge, and engage with questions of social, cultural, economic and political power. The theory and practices of ComDev play an important role as witness to global injustice and marginalisation, as amplifiers of dissent and as connectors between people, cultures and stories.
ComDev is taught as a 50% full-time course that distributes 60 credits over four semesters. Our part-time approach is an ideal format for professionals already working in the field, to complement internships or part-time work, as well as for those on sabbaticals or parental leave.
What will I learn?
The core courses of the first year triangulate concepts of international development by engaging with keywords such as globalisation, culture, participation or mediatisation.
Virtual group work, short review assignments as well as longer essays and presentations help students to progress through the course, connect with their peers and explore different activity-based learning formats.
Individual feedback from the ComDev team as well as longer teaching seminars and workshops round off the classroom experience for students.
The second year comprises a hands-on, blog-based ICT4D module, a research methodology course and a thesis course. ComDev encourages students to conduct empirical fieldwork, reflect on their own practice and explore alternative formats to complement their MA degree projects.
In short, ComDev fosters teamwork and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and diverse perspectives among students.
It is also possible to add another year of full-time studies to the core, two year, part-time degree by doing courses on communication planning, an optional internship and an extended thesis production project.
Our pedagogical approach: the Glocal Classroom
ComDev has been successful in bridging the gap between traditional internet-based learning (often called ‘distance learning’) and conventional forms of education on campus. Our convergence pedagogy creates a glocal classroom — a global learning space grounded in local realties. Based in Malmö, our glocal classroom has travelled to partner universities, conferences and seminars in more than twenty countries. Seminars with local alumni, development organisations and our academic network usually take place once a year.
What can I do with my degree?
The programme’s alumni quite literally work on all continents and in a variety of capacities: in the aid industry nationally and internationally, in embassies, United Nations organisations and NGOs. In the spirit of ComDev, they interpret communication for development broadly and work in many capacities to advance positive social change — from social enterprises in The Gambia to local and regional government organisations in Sweden. Graduates from the programme also go on to successfully complete doctoral studies.
Once you have completed your application including your academic credentials and English proficiency, you have the possibility of submitting a supporting document for selection to the programme. This can increase your chances of being admitted to the programme. Eighty per cent of the programme places are selected among applicants who submit a supporting document.
We only accept submissions that use the document form below.
Deadline for autumn semester
The deadline for submitting supporting documents for applications for autumn semester 2020 is February 3.
To complete your application, follow the steps below:
- create an account and apply to the programme via universityadmissions.se.
- upload your documentation as a pdf on universityadmissions.se or send the document by post. You will need to document proof of a bachelor’s degree as well as proficiency in English to be considered eligible for the programme. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the programme starts, can also apply but must follow specific instructions.
- if you choose to submit a supporting document, you need to upload it online at universityadmissions.se. The supporting document consists of two parts: a brief description of your experience of communication for development issues that prepare you for studies in the programme; and a Letter of Intent in which you describe your motivations and objectives for applying to the programme.
Save your document and upload it to your account at universityadmissions.se. You can also send it by post. See universityadmissions.se for more information.
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