Master's Programme in Global Media Studies
Engage with current and relevant theory and research involving media in the processes of cultural, political, and economic globalization and acquire ethnicity, class, and gender perspectives on media in this popular international master’s programme
The Master’s Programme in Global Media Studies is an international and research-oriented study programme attracting students from all over the world. The global intake results in a diverse learning environment in which students' own experiences and backgrounds contribute to social, critical, and intellectual exchanges beyond lectures and seminars.
Studies within the Programme are closely linked to current research at the Department, which has several leading research environments and an active academic scene with many visiting scholars, guest professors, and open lectures that add opportunities to network and stay up to date with current topics and new research findings.
The first semester introduces students to the field of Global Media Studies, and how class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality is represented in media content. A solid scientific foundation is laid for the duration of the Programme through a closer look at what science is and how knowledge is produced - both from a general philosophical viewpoint, and in the field of Media Studies. Students learn to identify, evaluate, and reflect upon the use of different methods in media research and critically evaluate findings in academic texts.
The second semester allow students to specialize through a number of electives within Media Studies and other related fields of study. 2-4 electives are offered every spring addressing current topics, and studies at other departments or at our partner universities is possible during this semester.
The third semester is designed to help students build skills in Academic English and research design, to learn about different methodologies and test different methods for the upcoming thesis. One final elective or specialization course is also offered.
The last semester is fully devoted to a capstone in the form of a master’s thesis (dissertation), in which students, with guidance and supervision, identify one or several research questions, carry out empirical research and present their findings in a final seminar.
Scientific Methods and Research Ethics (Faculty Course 7.5 hp) External Dep. at SU
- Studies abroad is possible with some restrictions during this semester. Contact International Coordinator at the Department.
English for Academic Research (Faculty Course 7.5 hp) External Dep. SU
Specialization Course in Media and Communication Studies Make sure the main subject is Media and Communication Studies
During Semester 4
How to apply
You apply online and upload requiered documents, nothing to be sent to us via regular mail.
Below is described what you need to do and check but basically it comes down to three steps:
- Read the section How to apply
- Make sure your documents are in order - fill in the forms
- Apply and upload at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se
When to Apply
1st round: All applicants: ca October 15 - January 15
2nd round: EU/EEA and Swiss citizens only: ca March 15 - April 15
1st round: Early April
2nd round: Mid-July
Selection processAdditional eligibility criteria
Am I Eligible?
Information about entry requirements
A broad and general theoretical understanding of the role of media in society, politics, and culture acquired through academic studies is necessary to follow this Programme.
Successful applicants usually have a strong theoretical academic background equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in one of the fields listed below, including an extensive and independently written thesis/dissertation having to do with media in some way:
- Media and Communication Studies
- Media and Cultural Studies
- Political Science, European Studies, International Relations
- Journalism or Journalism and Communication with a significant academic component
- Communication and Information/Culture/New Media
Please note that having a degree in one of these fields does not mean that you are eligible by default. Equally, having a degree in a field not listed does not make you ineligible. All applicants receive a thorough evaluation of their individual merits.
Due to very large variations in the actual content of degrees with similar or identical titles, we are unable to provide a definite list of degrees or make preliminary assessments regarding eligibility.
Students in their last year of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply. Admitted students MUST present a Bachelor's degree upon registration to enroll.
In addition to a relevant degree, applicants need to fulfil the requirements for English B/6. Please see universityadmissions.se for details on how to fulfil the English language requirements.
If the number of applicants exceed the number of seats, applicants will be ranked. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their previous academic studies, dissertation project or sample of written academic work, Letter of Intent. All parts will be considered and weighed together into a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s merits.
- The quality of the submitted text in regards to scientific writing, theoretical and empirical knowledge and the relevance of the research topic for the field of Media and Communication Studies.
- The combination of courses in different (or same) subjects included in the Bachelor’s degree and performances in these courses (grades). Of special significance are courses in Media and Communication Studies, if the major of the undergraduate degree is another subject or discipline than Media and Communication Studies.
- Letter of Intent
Required supporting documentation
Dear applicant, We use online application procedures. That means you have to upload the supporting documents as specified below. Do not send us documents via e-mail or regular mail. Thank you.
Make sure you include these two forms in your application!
- Letter of Intent in English - use this template and upload to universityadmissions.se/antagning.se
- An extended abstract of your undergraduate thesis or equivalent academic research paper in English - use this template and upload to universityadmissions.se/antagning.se
Applicants with Foreign Study Merits
Applicants with Foreign Study Merits must upload following documents
- Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma and transcripts from your undergraduate studies - instructions at universityadmissions.se >>
- Proof of English language skills - instructions at universityadmissions.se >>
Applicants with Swedish Study Merits
Most applicants with Swedish study merits (svensk gymnasieskola, högskola och universitet etc.) will have their merits retrieved automatically. Older merits may need to be submitted by post. Please review your merits and read more about how your merits are retrieved at www.antagning.se
Templates Mandatory Documents
Extended Abstract template (137 Kb)
Letter of Intent template (138 Kb)
FAQ Master’s Programme in Global Media Studies
Check this list of Q & A
Master’s Programme in Global Media Studies FAQ
Am I eligible? Will I be admitted?
We can unfortunately not give a straight answer to this question. Please see under "How to apply/Selection"
How much is the tuition fee?
There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. Other applicants can find the fee of any course/program in our course catalogue by clicking on the text: "Tuition fees only concern citizens outside the EU, EES and Switzerland"
When is the application deadline?
All applicants: January 15. EU/EEA/Swiss applicants only: April 15. Deadlines are repeated every year.
There are two application codes at the university admissions website - which one do I use and are they for the same program?
Yes, they are for the same program, but for different application periods and applicants. Only one is open at any given time.
Is the Program taught in English?
Yes, all advanced level (graduate courses) in Media and Communication Studies, including courses offered within the Master's Program are given exclusively in English. No knowledge in Swedish is necessary.
My thesis is not written in English, do I have to translate it?
Yes please, translate a 2-page abstract/ summary into English. Use our template.
What should the Letter of Intent include?
Instructions are provided in the template
If I have a letter of recommendation, where do I send it?
International Coordinator, Section for Journalism Media & Communication, Stockholm University, Box 27 861, SE-115 93 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Mark the envelope 2-year master. Letters of recommendation are not required.
What are the academic requirements?
See under How to apply/Selection
If I am in the final year of my BA, can I still apply?
Yes, but you must provide documentation to prove that you are on track to graduate before enrolling at Stockholm University. You must present your Bachelor's degree to us to register for studies. Follow instructions on how to document your eligibility at universityadmissions.se
Do you offer any scholarships?
Yes, mostly for non-EU/EEA or Swiss students. The program usually havs grantees on Swedish Institute scholarships every year. Scholarships for studies at SU
I have questions about my international grades and exams, who will help me?
Contact our Admissions Office or universityadmissions.se
Where can I find key dates and deadlines for the application?
Please visit universityadmissions.se >> for current information.
When does the Program begin?
In late August/early September every fall semester. There is no spring admission.
Can I complete the Program in one year?
No, there is no 1-year option.
I missed the international deadline - can I apply in the second round closing April 15?
Only if you are a EU/EEA or Swiss citizen or hold a visa valid for studies in Sweden.
I missed the deadline and the online application is still open – can I still apply?
Yes, but late applicants cannot be admitted unless all other qualified applicants have declined their admission offers. The comparative quality between applications from qualified applicants with applications submitted on time and late qualified applicants is irrelevant. Late applicants are admitted by the order of time when a complete online application was submitted.
I am planning to apply for scholarships as well, when do I apply?
In the first round October 15 - January 15
Can I send my application to you at the Department directly?
NO. Never send anything to us directly unless instructed to do so. We will not accept your application nor make any preliminary assessments. All application documents to most universities in Sweden are scanned and verified at a central scanning facility and accessed electronically by admissions officers who assess your eligibility. Your application must be available to the person with the right expertise and can therefore not only be sent to the Department.
How do I certify my documents?
Follow instructions at universityadmissions.se >>
I am a non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen - how much are tuition and fees?
Application and tuition fees are adjusted on a year-by-year basis. You will find the cost for each course/program in our course catalogue by clicking on the text: "Tuition fees only concern citizens outside the EU, EES and Switzerland"
Where can I find semester dates?
Please consult the University's Academic Calendar Semester/term Dates
My question remains unanswered after reading everything on your website and at www.universityadmissions.se - where can I turn?
Please call or e-mail using the contact details found on this page.
Will Stockholm University help me find accomodation?
No. All national/international master's students need to find accomodation on their own. Helpful information is available from the SU Housing Office.
You study off Campus in Centre of Stockholm close to nature
Our facilities are at Karlavägen 104 in Stockholm. Just around the corner of Swedish Public Radio and television and the Royal National City ParkFoto: Ingmarie Andersson SU
For the courses in this program we use the learning platform Athena
As a registered student you can follow our courses and get all specific information regarding your education online via Athena.
Meet our teachers
Find out more about our staff here
Meet our researchers
Global Media Studies and the Politics of Mediated Communication
Leading Research Environment
At the Department we have ongoing projects with researchers specialized in the area of the programme.
Find out more about this and the researchers here.
Meet our alumni
IMS Alumni Relations
The Department of Media Studies (IMS) Alumni Relations collaborate with former students, Ph.D. students and employees. Mutually exchange, after you finished your studies, will develop both you and the department. So stay in touch with us!
What this degree may lead to
Graduates will be well prepared and eligible for further academic studies (Ph.D.). A smaller percentage of graduates are currently enrolled in doctoral studies at the Department of Media Studies and at other universities in Sweden and abroad.
Global Media Studies Alumni can be found in a variety of professional fields, most commonly within Communication and PR, Advertising, Research, and Media Production. Many stay in Stockholm and a majority find relevant job opportunities already within 6 months of graduation.
Graduates will have acquired solid analytical and research skills, enabling them to process and evaluate large amounts of information and/or complex issues and communicate key points and findings in a comprehensible and structured way to different audiences.
Other transferrable skills include presentation and public speaking, time-management, teamwork, and collaborative skills. These skills in combination with knowledge and understanding of media can then be applied in a professional job setting.
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss students have the opportunity to stay for 6 months after graduation to look for work or start a business (application required before graduation).
General queries regarding admission and selection process
Questions regarding the education, course etc