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Master in Communication

Master’s programme
N2CMN
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A87A
Tuition
Full education cost: 298 000 SEK
First payment: 74 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application opens 15 March 2023

Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A87A
Tuition
Full education cost: 298 000 SEK
First payment: 74 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees


In this education, we address issues related to sustainability. The content of the course or program fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.

Summary

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 both research and practice. Through courses and student-driven activities, we bring people from all over the world with different professional and educational backgrounds together.

About

In recent years, society has become increasingly globalized, digitalized, and specialized. These trends pose a number of urgent and complex challenges, such as: listening and being heard in an arena of many competing voices; fostering inclusion, equality, and diversity in fast-changing work environments; and determining the accuracy of news in light of increased user-generated content and information overload. 

Communication is key in meeting challenges

Our Master posits communication as a central perspective that will allow students to develop a holistic understanding of communication as a vibrant field of research and practice that addresses these and similar contemporary societal challenges. Our programme empowers you to grow as an independent, critical researcher and skilled professional, able to navigate the intricate dimensions of organizational and digital communication.

One programme—two areas of specialization

Insights and perspectives from disciplines such as media and communication studies, linguistics, organization and management research, informatics, and sociology will foster your in-depth understanding of communication as a field of research and practice. With the support of our Advisory Industry Panel, we are committed to continuously improving the quality of the program and its ability to provide up-to-date communication skills and competences that are most needed in the current and future job market. You can choose an educational path that interests you after gaining advanced knowledge and skills in two areas of specialization:

  • Organizational communication focuses on issues, approaches to, and challenges of communication within organizations, and between organizations and external stakeholders, including related fields such as corporate communication, public relations, and strategic communication. The programme addresses the unique challenges that organisations face in communicating with different external and internal stakeholders. It will also enable students to effectively implement a variety of communication techniques used in professional settings.

  • Digital communication examines the role of digital technologies in communication—how they shape communication and how we can use them to study communication. This area of specialization deals with how the continued digitalization of society affects communication per se, for example how understanding how new practices like wikis and memes challenge long-held assumptions concerning authorship. Another topic is how digital technologies can be used to study communication, for example analyzing big textual data for sentiment in online communities.

A multicultural learning environment committed to sustainability, equality and inclusion

We prioritize interactive forms of learning. Problem-based learning in an intercultural environment strengthens your ability to collaboratively analyze and solve complex challenges. Matters of sustainability, equality, and inclusion are integral parts of our courses.

Alumna interview

"Communication is an essential part of life"

"How to achieve a clear communication in the business"

PhD interview

"It's my job to learn"

Department and Faculty

The programme is offered by the Department of Applied Information Technology.

Programme structure and content

The first two semesters contain eight mandatory courses.

Sem. 1

Theories of Communication
Social Media and Society
Communication Techniques in the Workplace
Introduction to Organizational Communication

Sem. 2

Trends in Corporate Communication and Public Relations
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
Digital Communication and Strategy

Sem. 3

During the third semester, you can tailor your education to your interests, either with electives chosen inside or outside our programme, with a student-abroad programme, or with a semester-long internship. The electives are:

Technology and Embodied Interaction
Influence and Persuasion in the Digital Age
Critical Topics in Digital Discourse
Project Management for Strategic Communication

Sem. 4

The fourth semester is dedicated to your degree project.

Who should apply?

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

Do you wonder which role language, identity, power, and ethics play in 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.

Prerequisites 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 these instructions for the application to Master in Communication

Statement of Intent shall be uploaded on the University Admissions website no later than February 1 (first admission round) and May 3 (second admission round).

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:

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

Facilities

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.

More information about facilities

Exchange opportunities

You have the opportunity to apply for exchange studies for at least an equivalent of 30 credits in Europe or in other parts of the world. As an exchange student, you do not need to pay any semester fees and since the study abroad is credited in your degree, no extra study time is added to your education.

More information about exchange opportunities

Internship

The semester-long internship is intended for students who are more focused on acquiring work-life skills. It will be your responsibility to independently identify a suitable organization for your internship.