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Media and Communication Studies - Master of Science programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits
Msc Media and Communication International Programme 2019 application information

Programme overview

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.


Programme modules/courses

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.


Career prospects

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

Applied for autumn 2019 studies?

All supporting documents and the application fee (if applicable) are due by 1 February!


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 Programme Co-ordinator
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 2019

Study period


daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

September 2, 2019 - June 6, 2021

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 also submit a CV and a statement of purpose (500 words). We are looking for applicants with a strong fit with our programme profile. When writing your statement, think about the following questions as a means to structure your comments: What do you hope to contribute to our programme? How does your educational background and/or professional expertise prepare you for this programme? In what ways can this programme enrich your educational development? Make sure to carefully consider our profile and follow the tips stated on our website.


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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