Taught course

LSE-USC Double Degree in Global Media and Communications

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Media and Communications

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science, or degree in another field with professional experience in media and communications.

English higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this Double Degree programme

This unique MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at the School of Journalism, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC) – a top US communication school with close links to the Los Angeles media industry.

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 increasing globalised world, international experience gained on one of our global programmes is invaluable and provides an excellent knowledge and experience base to work from.

Your first year at LSE will provide you with the theoretical and methodological foundation to examine issues of media and communication within their political, social and cultural context. You will be required to take compulsory courses, and also have the opportunity to choose optional courses. In addition, you will be required to submit a dissertation, which you will continue to develop during the year at Annenberg in the research practicum.

In your second year, at the University of Southern California, you will complete a research practicum as well as four courses (20 electives) from the School of Communication graduate curriculum. More information can be found on the USC Annenberg website.

Department of Media and Communications

The programme's first year will be based in LSE's Department of Media and Communications. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in the field of communication and media studies, renowned internationally for its high quality original research and teaching excellence. The Department was rated #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

The Department attracts students from a diverse range of backgrounds, often including professional experience working in media and communications-related fields. Indeed, the opportunity for cross-cultural meetings and exchange of ideas among the student body is a valuable feature of studying within the Department.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The programme's first year (spent at LSE) is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Double degree

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
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