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Master in Communication

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Comments: Please note that the selection critera is changed
1 Closed GU-68799 2 Closed GU-18797
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

The increasingly globalized, digitalized, and specialized society we live in today poses a number of complex challenges: fostering inclusion, equality and diversity in fast-changing work environments, ensuring and strengthening mental wellbeing in the light of online harassment and information overload, or for example listening and being heard in an arena of many competing voices. Communication is key in meeting challenges. Our programme empowers you to grow as an independent, critical researcher and skilled professional, able to navigate the intricate dimensions of intercultural, organizational, and digital communication.

One programme—three areas of specialization

Insights and perspectives from disciplines such as media and communication studies, linguistics, organization and management research, informatics, pedagogy, and sociology foster in-depth understanding of communication as a field of research and practice. You can choose an educational path that interests you after gaining advanced knowledge and skills in three areas of specialization:

  • Intercultural communication explores the influence of culture on communication in areas of application ranging from business to cooperation and conflict.
  • Organizational communication focuses on issues, approaches to, and challenges of communication within organizations, and between organizations and external stakeholders.
  • Digital communication examines the role of digital technologies in communication—how they shape communication and how we can use them to study communication.

Addressing the challenges of digitalization

Our programme incorporates other academic disciplines to work together in exploring the digitalization of society, including the role of communication technologies and interactions between people and technology. This allows you to apply technology (like eye tracking software or virtual reality technology) to communication studies.

Intercultural and collaborative

We prioritize interactive forms of learning, with teachers as facilitators rather than solely transmitters of knowledge. Problem-based learning in an intercultural environment strengthens your ability to collaboratively analyse and solve complex communication challenges. Training in rhetoric and argumentation, debate, and negotiation develops your practical communication skills. You have the opportunity to engage—in an annual student conference or in groups like Lindholmen Students for Sustainability—and develop your own ideas for student groups and events you want to organize. We are located at Campus Lindholmen, where bigger companies like Ericsson but also smaller and innovative organizations are based, providing opportunities for networking and connecting academia to practice.

Who Should Apply?

Do you want to discover the interplay of words, facial expressions, gestures, and touch?

Are you interested in the application of rhetorical and argumentative strategies?

Do you wonder which role language, identity, power, and ethics play in intercultural communication?

Do you want to dig deep into schools of thought, theoretical approaches, and methods of empirical communication research?

While this programme is most suited for students with a social sciences or humanities background, we welcome applications from everyone motivated to explore dynamic complexities of human communication.

After Graduation

Graduates receive the degree Master of Science in Communication.

You will be prepared for a career in the private or public sector, non-profit organizations, and communications agencies in a variety of fields, including public relations, international sales and marketing, media and journalism, management consulting, human resources and mediation, and communication training. You may also pursue a career in academia through PhD studies.

Alumni work at places such as Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca, Doctors Without Borders, and the United Nations, with the following job titles and descriptions, among others:

  • labour relations strategist
  • HR consultant
  • digital communication consultant
  • social media content manager
  • communications officer
  • campaign strategist
  • media relations
  • marketing coordinator

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree of 180 credits or corresponding. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: The selection is based on the submitted Statement of Intent. Please follow the instructions on: of Intent shall be uploaded on no later than February 3 (first admission round) and May 4 (second admission round).

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 286 000 SEK
First payment: 71 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Ida Sörbu E-post: Telefon: 031-786 5964.


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