The focus of this international Master’s programme is to offer a critical approach to contemporary social and cultural issues in media and communications. Our aim is to broaden understanding of global media structures and processes in modern life. We provide up to date engagement with key issues, theories and problems in media, democracy and cultural citizenship, media power, media industries and production, gender, health and society, representation and popular culture, media audiences, cultural diversity and critical animal studies. Courses tackle contemporary debates about knowledge, power and social relations in national and transnational media environments.
Our teaching is based on international expertise in a research led department, with an emphasis on theorising and researching media, society and culture using real world case studies. Students are taught diverse theoretical, conceptual and empirical tools for research in media and communication, through a mix of mandatory and optional courses, and independent research projects. Courses are taught in Lund and connect with collaborative partnerships with NGOs and cultural organisations in the region.
Students on our programme come from a diverse range of backgrounds and professional experience, including media and cultural industries, NGOs and charity sectors, who develop critical understanding of media and communication during two years of cross-cultural meetings and exchange of ideas. Students participate in a lively research environment, where we run regular international conferences, seminars and events, on topics such as media freedom, and our postgraduate students organise and participate in an annual symposium and book series MSc Excellent Dissertations. Our alumni go on to work in the media and communications field, and pursue research track careers in public and commercial spheres.
Our programme includes a range of dedicated theory and methods courses, and optional courses. The portfolio of courses includes: Media and Political Engagement (15 credits), Media Audiences (15 credits), Media, Health and Society (15 credits), Media and Diversity (15 credits), Popular Culture (15 credits), Media and Communication Methodology (15 credits), Digital Media Research (7.5 credits), Digital Ethnography (7.5 credits) and Research Methods (7.5 credits), other optional courses, study abroad (15 and 30 credits), internship (15 and 30 credits), thesis (30 credits). Up to 7.5 credits of the second term and 30 credits of the third term can be replaced by elective courses.
Students graduating from this programme will be prepared for professional opportunities in research led careers, education, academic careers, media and cultural industries, national and international policy and production sectors, commercial and public service organisations, and NGOs. Above all, graduates will have the critical skills necessary to evaluate and understand media in a range of professional and private spheres.
More information can be found at http://www.kom.lu.se/en/education/medie-och-kommunikationsvetenskap/masterprogram-i-samhallsvetenskap-inriktning-mkv/
A Bachelor’s degree (180 credits) including 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies or the equivalent. English 6/English Course B.
The applicants estimated capacity to complete the programme is the primary criterion for selection. Students are selected on the basis of their previous study results (grades on courses and Bachelor s degree essay), proficiency in English and letter of intent.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under “Entry requirements”). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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