Master in Communication
Our programme stimulates independent, critical, and creative minds. Insights and perspectives from disciplines such as media and communication studies, linguistics, organization and management research, and sociology allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of communication as a vibrant field of research and practice. Through courses and student-driven activities, we bring people from all over the world with different professional and educational backgrounds together to create something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.
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.
The master's programme is given by the Department of Applied Information Technology.
Programme structure and content
The first year provides foundational knowledge and skills through eight mandatory courses.
Theories of Communication
Intercultural Communication 1
Research Methods in Communication
Intercultural Communication 2
Communication among Professionals
During the third semester, you can tailor your education to your interests with electives. The following courses are built on the knowledge and skills you have gained and developed in your first year, but you may also choose courses from other faculties to complement your education and training:
Intercultural Communication 3
Strategic Communication and Leadership
Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Digital Age
The fourth semester is dedicated to your degree project.