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Media and Communication Studies - Master of Science programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits
Msc Media and Communication International Programme 2018 application information

The focus of this international Master’s programme is to question and understand global media structures and processes in modern life. Media can be a starting point to understand global events, such as news reporting of environmentalism and natural disasters, political culture and social movements, or imagination and storytelling in popular culture. Media can also be a starting point to understand the routine, everyday nature of social interaction with screen culture and mobile media, in public and private spheres, in local and global environments. Media’s role in contemporary politics, society and culture is all encompassing. We are seeing transformations in technology, content, and distribution where we no longer live with media, but within media and its constant presence in our everyday lives. The study of media matters in understanding knowledge, people and power in our experience of social life.

We teach students to combine empirical evidence and critical theory from the social sciences and humanities to ask questions of media past and present. Our approach of critical media studies places emphasis on normative reflections on power relations. We examine the situated, contextual and multidimensional aspects of media around the world. We draw on world class scholars who have published key works in media and communication. Our teaching is based on international expertise in democracy, participation and social media, media and political and cultural engagement, audiences and everyday life, gender, health and the media.

Students taking this programme will conduct critical analysis of social, cultural, and political dimensions of media. Our teaching includes international scope for theorising and researching media, using real world case studies, and a range of materials that emphasises experiential learning where students engage in dialogue and critical thinking about media, society and culture. We offer students expertise in media and communication research, in theory and empirical research, in public service and commercial media, and in international policy and production sectors. Postgraduate students participate in a lively research department with regular international conferences, seminars and events.

  • Master of Science with a major in Media and Communication
  • 2 years, full time, 120 ECTS credits
  • Department of Communication and Media
  • Lund Campus
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2018
  • Programme start: September 2018

Programme modules/courses
The programme offers a combination of mandatory and optional courses in Media Audiences (15 credits), Media and Political Engagement (15 credits), Media and Participation (15 credits), Media, Health and Society (15 credits), Media and Morality (15 credits), Media and Communication Methodology (15 credits), Digital Media Research (7.5 credits), optional 7.5 methods courses from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Other optional courses for third term include Study Abroad (30 credits), Internship (15 and 30 credits), other courses at Lund University; and the mandatory Thesis course (30 credits) during the final term.

Career prospects
Students graduating from this programme will be prepared for professional opportunities in research 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 critically understand media in a range of professional and private spheres.

More information can be found at


Media and Communication Studies
Helgonabacken 12, Lund
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Program Director
Annette Hill
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 88 80
E-mail: Annette [dot] Hill [at] kom [dot] lu [dot] se

Master course Coordinator
Joanna Doona
E-mail: Joanna [dot] Doona [at] kom [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 (0)46 222 08 14

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree (180 credits) including 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies or the equivalent. English 6/English Course B.

Selection criteria

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.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2018

Study period


daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

September 3, 2018 - June 14, 2020

Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned in Step 2, you must submit a CV and a statement of purpose (500 words) when you apply for this programme. These should include information on your educational profile, personal interest in the field of study of media and communication and what you hope to achieve by undertaking this specific programme. Please submit these two important documents with your application to University Admissions in Sweden.

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 200 000

First payment: SEK 50 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations