Master in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries (Two Years)

Malmö University

Program Description

Master in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries (Two Years)

Malmö University


The field of media is constantly shifting and in the last decade the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged. Digital media of today are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption.

The master’s programme in Media and Communication studies gives you advanced knowledge of digital media through practical approaches in the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative manner with different types of media while learning to evaluate them from a critical perspective.

What is collaborative media?

The field of media is constantly shifting. In the last decade, the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged – forever reshaping not only the consumers but also the creators and distributors of media. Digital media of today is characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption – and this is what is meant by the term ‘collaborative media’.

What will I learn?

The two-year master’s programme in Media and Communication Studies – Culture, Collaborative Media, and Cultural Industries – will equip you with advanced knowledge of digital media. The programme is oriented towards practical approaches to the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative fashion with different types of media while you learn to approach them from a critical perspective.

During the programme, you will develop three primary skill sets: the ability to analyse and strategically approach media and its impact on society; the capability to work with media and communication both methodologically and systematically; the knowledge required to produce media texts, both individually and collaboratively. Compared to bachelor-level degrees, this advanced programme has a clear focus on the development of strategic expertise, a skill crucial for those intending to pursue a professional career in media and communication. During the education, you will furthermore obtain an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the creative industries.

The programme is developed alongside and conducted in collaboration with Media Evolution, a media cluster with over 350 member companies based in Malmö. This facilitates a crossover between the academic and professional worlds and allows you as a student to develop skills in both areas throughout your studies. Throughout the duration of the programme, you will get the chance to meet a number of international guest lecturers from universities all across the world, further adding to the global relevance of the programme.

The first and second year

The first year focuses on examining key themes in communication studies. It will also give you a deeper understanding of the creative industries of today and the possibilities with collaborative media. The year ends with the writing of a (one-year, 15 credits) master's thesis. During the second year of the programme, there is the possibility of taking an internship based course. You will furthermore deepen your knowledge in activist, strategic and entrepreneurial approaches to the media, and you will acquire skills in prototyping and visualization. The programme ends with the writing of a second master’s thesis (15 credits).

The unique pedagogical approach

The programme, which is web-based and full-time, makes education available to students globally and offers a unique blend of distance and campus-based learning. The seminars are compulsory, and you can either attend in Malmö or online. This approach makes it possible for international students to enrol in the programme without having to relocate, leading to a diverse and intercultural student body that increases the opportunities for students to form transnational networks and to benefit from international lecturers.

The programme is hosted on an online platform through which communication between students and lecturers takes place and where student projects are uploaded. As the main theme of the programme is collaborative media, this pedagogical approach leaves room for experimentation, and students are encouraged to use collaborative media during this process.

What can I do with my degree?

After graduating, you will have the qualifications necessary to work in media and communication. The skill set and knowledge you develop during your studies are valuable to the fast-growing creative industries. Companies, government, and organisations are other possible employers as they become increasingly dependent on communication and media in their business. This programme is for those of you who want to take an active role in the development of the media field. It also provides a foundation for further post-graduate studies.

Entry requirements

  1. The degree of Bachelor (180 credits) or equivalent in social sciences, humanities, arts or design studies.
  2. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish higher secondary school.

Organisation

The programme aims to significantly advance the students' scientific knowledge and skills in media and communication studies. The programme is established in the research profile of new media, public spheres and forms of expression.

The programme is designed to provide students with the requisite skills to perform work in media and communication - at companies, government agencies, and organisations that specifically have media and communication as its field of activity, and at companies, government agencies and organisations that depend on media and communications in order to conduct its business. The programme also gives eligibility to further studies in the field.

The programme comprises 120 credits. It is web-based and is taught in English.On completion of the education, the student shall have acquired at least 60 credits in the main field media and communication studies.

Courses

  • Media and Communication Studies: Key Themes in Media and Communication Studies, 15 credits (KK640B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Understanding the Creative Industries, 15 credits (KK641B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Collaborative Media, 7.5 credits (KK642B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Research Methodology, 7.5 credits (KK643B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Master's (One-Year) Thesis, 15 credits (KK644B) compulsory
  • Internship - Reflecting on one's own practice, 15 credits (KK148A) elective
  • Media and Communication Studies: Network Society Studies, 15 credits (KK648A) elective
  • Media and Communication Studies: Visualizing and Prototyping the Media, 15 credits (KK646B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Making Use of the Media: Activism, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, 15 credits (KK645B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Master's (Two-year) Thesis, 15 credits (KK649A) compulsory
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
100,000 SEK
per year.
Information
Deadline
Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
Locations
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
End date Request Info
Dates
Aug. 2019
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
End date Request Info
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