I chose to study the programme because I wanted to enhance my Public Relations degree with a deeper knowledge in media studies and communication. The programme involved scholarly research in media, intense research writing, as well as the analysis of various popular culture texts in relation to the political, social and cultural situations of our world today. The flexibility to combine the degree with other courses outside the programme enabled me to take a business course, which complemented my interest in corporate communication.

Today I work as Communication Officer at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and I am Founder and Writer at Global Top Entrepreneurs.

 

 

I studied the Master’s Programme in Communication and Media Studies, which has been renamed to Global Media Studies at the Department of Media Studies.

Questions and Answers

Flexibility within the programme

Question: Hello I am student from Albania in my third year in Bachelor for Communication and Journalism. I want to know if I can study another thing like Public Realations?

Answer: Thank you for your email. Good to know that we have the same background in communications. First of all, are you interested in studying PR as another Bachelor's degree or Master's? Either, way in Sweden programmes and courses in all universities are centralized into one system where you can apply from, here's the link: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start and you can check for any course you're interested in.

The Master's programmes cover a broader range of subjects, but the flexibility within the programme at Stockholm University is what I liked most because you are allowed to take a few courses outside the ones specified in your programme within any department in the university, so long as you pass the requirements to be admitted for that specific course and you apply before the deadline.

Work opportunities during the studies

Question: Do you have possibility to work during your studies?

Answer: About work possibilities. In Sweden if you come here to study for more than a year, then you qualify to get a student visa which also allows you to work. You can, therefore, look for part-time work, and if you're taking a 2-year master's, then you will find that your courses are quite spread out throughout the week, giving you ample time to be proactive with the extra time outside school hours. It is however not that easy to find work, you have to be persistent and very dedicated, and most of all if you take the time to learn Swedish, you will have a much easier time to find work as the Swedish language is a requirement in a majority of the available jobs. I hope I answered your questions, good luck with your studies! Best, Brenda.

Internship opportunities within in the programme

Question: I’m interested to learn more about the practical / internship opportunities within this master. In your video you mentioned volunteering with AIESEC. Could you expand on this project and how it connected to GMS?

Answer: Good to hear that you're interested in the GMS programme at Stockholm University. There is no internship attached to the programme as a requirement to graduate, but students are encouraged to find internships or part-time work while studying. The student office also sends out internship opportunities whenever they're contacted by organizations that are looking for interns within the media and communications field. I also know about Erasmus internships where you can go and work for a semester in another country and you can get some stipend for that. AIESEC is also an amazing international organization that offers internships to students to work abroad, so if you are studying in Sweden for example, you can choose to go to another country for a semester and apply through AIESEC, which has access to quite a lot of internship opportunities abroad, making the process easier for you. You can read more about AIESEC in Sweden here: http://aiesec.se/

I volunteered at AIESEC Stockholm, where I worked with external relations for a year and a half while I was studying, and it was an amazing experience as I got to meet a lot of people, created networks and developed leadership skills. What I liked most about the GMS programme is the flexibility that it allows you to participate in other activities outside the classroom based on how the courses are spread out throughout the week, giving you time to pursue and take advantage of the many available opportunities in Stockholm. I hope I answered your question! Best, Brenda.

Internship through Erasmus

Question: Hi again! In the email you mentioned the Erasmus internships where you leave the country for a semester to go abroad. Is it possible to do this whilst you study at the university? In the Netherlands you can simply delay your degree to do such extracurricular things, does it work similarly at the Stockholm University? (you mentioned the GMS programme is quite flexible in your email).

Answer: Hi! You can apply for Erasmus Traineeship during the summer for a minimum of 2 months.  It will not give credits but can be noticed in the diploma supplement. You can read more about the specific rules and guidelines here: http://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/study-abroad/internships-abroad/erasmus-traineeship-1.263028. Let me know if you have any other questions.Thanks,Brenda.

A global outlook on Media studies

Question: Hello Brenda, I am Rwandan, and I am interested in studying masters in media studies but I am stacked to know exactly which two modules can be interesting in the context of East Africa?According to the courses you had in yours masters, why?

Answer: Glad to know of your interest in the Global Media studies master's programme. The master's programme has a wide range of courses for you to choose from based on your areas of interest.

As the title of the Master's course suggests, the programme focuses on a global outlook of media studies, which gives you the opportunity to determine what area or subject you would like to focus on. There is a wide range of subjects/courses such as: politics and popular culture, media, justice & human rights, news journalism, etc. There is also an opportunity to select specialisation and elective courses in media and communication studies as well as other departments at Stockholm University which allows you to determine your area of specialisation as well as providing an influence on how you write your Master's thesis. So, the combination of the wide range of courses and the mandatory ones help you to apply what you study to your areas of interest. You may have a look at the detailed programme structure and available courses here: http://www.ims.su.se/english/education/programmes/master-s-programme-in-global-media-studies/structure-1.351869

I wish you the best of luck! Kind regards, Brenda.

Eligibility

Question: How do I know if I am eligible for the programme?

Answer: For a detailed description of the requirements to join the Global Media Studies Master's programme, please check the requirements here:
http://www.ims.su.se/english/education/programmes/master-s-programme-in-global-media-studies/am-i-eligible-1.351892