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Master in Communication

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-6A87A
Tuition
Full education cost: 292 000 SEK
First payment: 73 000 SEK

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

More information about tuition fees


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 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.

About

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.

Student interview

Interview with Alexandra Chirkova

Programme structure and content

The first year provides foundational knowledge and skills through eight mandatory courses.

Semester 1

Theories of Communication
Intercultural Communication 1
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication

Semester 2

Research Methods in Communication
Intercultural Communication 2
Communication Technology
Communication among Professionals

Semester 3

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
Digital Communication
Strategic Communication and Leadership
Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Digital Age

Semester 4

The fourth semester is dedicated to your degree project.

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.

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 the instructions on: https://www.gu.se/en/study-gothenburg/application-to-master-in-communication

Statement of Intent shall be uploaded on www.universityadmissions.se 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:

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

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

During year two of the master's programme there are elective courses equivalent to 30 credits. As a student you have the opportunity to apply for exchange studies in Europe or in other parts of the world. Former students from our master's programmes have gained valuable experience when they have studied at our partner universities in, for example, Paris, Japan and Singapore. 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