Course selection and videos

Browse and select the courses which are right for you

On this page you can learn about how to select postgraduate courses and watch short videos to help you find out about which optional courses are right for you.

You will need to log into your LSE account to view the videos.

Course selection overview

How to select courses:

  • Watch the video guide for selecting courses recorded by our Graduate Progrmames Coordinator Ben McDonald. Watch the video.
  • Read our powerpoint presentation about selecting courses. Read the presentation.
  • Further instructions and guidance on how to find and select courses on LSE for You is available here.

When to select courses:

Postgraduate students will be able to browse (but not select) courses on LSE for You from 10am on Monday 13 September 2021. Course selection for postgraduate students will open at 10am on Monday 20 September 2021 and will close at 5pm on Monday 4 October 2021. Students will be able to make changes to Lent Term courses from 10am on Monday 17 January 2022 until 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.

Core courses

Each MSc degree programme in the Department consists of courses to the value of 4 units. 2.5 of these are 'core' courses (which are compulsory), and 1.5 are 'optional' courses (which you can choose). The only exception is the MSc in Media and Communications (Research), which consists of 3 units of core courses and 1 unit of optional course/s.

View your own degree programme and its constituent courses below. 

MSc in Media and Communications

MSc in Media and Communications (Research)

  • MC408 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications (Half Unit)
    About this course | Watch the video
  • Either MC4M2 Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (Full Unit) or MC4M8 Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (Full Unit)
    About MC4M2 | About MCM48 | Watch the video
  • MC499 Dissertation (Full Unit)
    About this course | Watch the video
  • Optional Courses
    You can select optional courses to the value of 1 unit. See your own programme regulations for a full list of courses you can select. See the Optional courses section below for optional courses run by the Department of Media and Communications. 

MSc in Global Media and Communications (with USC, Fudan and UCT)

MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society)

MSc in Media and Communications (Governance)

MSc in Media, Development and Communication

MSc in Politics and Communication

MSc in Strategic Communications

Optional courses

Browse optional courses taught by the Department of Media and Communications below. You can browse optional courses taught by other Departments on the LSE Course Guides webpage

Courses not available in 2021/22

Each year, the Department is required to suspend some courses, due to faculty research leave and consequent workload issues. These courses are listed below.

We recognise that this may be disappointing, and so we have agreed to grant students access to Moodle pages from previous academic years for some of these courses. These Moodle pages include readings and presentations from the last time the course ran and, in some cases, lecture videos. 

If you wish to access any of these Moodle pages, please add your details to this webform and you will be emailed an enrolment key after the course selection period.

Please note that no teaching or assessment will be delivered for any of these courses in 2021/22.

Auditing courses

At LSE, when you 'audit' a course, it means that you can attend the lectures for that course (without credit) and you can access the course readings and Moodle page, but you would not attend seminars or submit assessed work for that course. Audited courses do not appear on your final transcript and your attendance is not recorded for any course you audit.

In order to audit a course, you must contact the course convenor directly for permission.


Lecture & Seminar Timetables can be viewed by course code. Student personal timetables will be published on Student Hub after course selections and seminar allocations have been finalised. See the Timetable publication information page for more information.

The approach for the 2021/22 academic year is to provide flexible teaching and learning which blends both in-person and online elements. Lectures will be largely delivered online. All lectures will be recorded and made available for students. Many lectures will be 'live online' in the scheduled lecture slot, for others lecture content will be pre-recorded and made available to watch. Details for each course will be outlined on the course Moodle pages. Seminars will run in person, on campus.