Programme, master’s level
60 credits
Distance | mixed hours | 50%
28 August, 2023 - 8 June, 2025
Full tuition fee: 135000 SEK
Apply by 16 January
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About the education

This programme gives you the skills to work with media and communication in international developmental cooperation as well as in other areas.

This is a half-time study programme, combining courses on culture, communication and development and integrating them with practical field work. It explores the use of communication - both as a tool and as a way of expressing processes of social change - within the contexts of globalisation.

The form of study is unique, comprising a combination of live seminars and web-based communication. The seminars (2 days) are compulsory and consist of lectures, discussions and workshops. Overseas students who cannot physically attend can follow the seminars online. In between the seminars, the students carry out assignments individually and in groups.

In the first year, students receive a comprehensive overview of globalisation and a systematic inventory of the entire field. In the second year, students follow specialised courses which end with an independent project concentrated on one of the field's sub-areas.

Future employment opportunities include work for professional media companies, international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and PhD studies.

Communication for Development (ComDev) is an interdisciplinary field combining studies on culture, media, communication and development. ComDev explores communication within contexts of articulating global and local processes of social change.

The ComDev field is part science, part craft and part art, and its multidisciplinary academic foundations draw on aspects of development studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. These multiple entry points create a rich framework for challenging hegemonic notions and knowledge, and engage with questions of social, cultural, economic and political power. The theory and practices of ComDev play an important role as witness to global injustice and marginalisation, as amplifiers of dissent and as connectors between people, cultures and stories.

ComDev is taught as a 50% full-time course that distributes 60 credits over four semesters. Our part-time approach is an ideal format for professionals already working in the field, to complement internships or part-time work, as well as for those on sabbaticals or parental leave.

The core courses of the first year triangulate concepts of international development by engaging with keywords such as globalisation, culture, participation or mediatisation.
Virtual group work, short review assignments as well as longer essays and presentations help students to progress through the course, connect with their peers and explore different activity-based learning formats.

Individual feedback from the ComDev team as well as longer teaching seminars and workshops round off the classroom experience for students.

The second year comprises a hands-on, blog-based ICT4D module, a research methodology course and a thesis course. ComDev encourages students to conduct empirical fieldwork, reflect on their own practice and explore alternative formats to complement their MA degree projects.

In short, ComDev fosters teamwork and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and diverse perspectives among students.

It is also possible to add another year of full-time studies to the core, two year, part-time degree by doing courses on communication planning, an optional internship and an extended thesis production project.

ComDev has been successful in bridging the gap between traditional internet-based learning (often called ‘distance learning’) and conventional forms of education on campus. Our convergence pedagogy creates a glocal classroom — a global learning space grounded in local realties. Based in Malmö, our glocal classroom has travelled to partner universities, conferences and seminars in more than twenty countries. Seminars with local alumni, development organisations and our academic network usually take place once a year.

The programme’s alumni quite literally work on all continents and in a variety of capacities: in the aid industry nationally and internationally, in embassies, United Nations organisations and NGOs. In the spirit of ComDev, they interpret communication for development broadly and work in many capacities to advance positive social change — from social enterprises in The Gambia to local and regional government organisations in Sweden. Graduates from the programme also go on to successfully complete doctoral studies.

Entry requirements and selection

Here you can find the entry requirements, as well as how the available study places are distributed between applicants in the selection. For general admissions enquiries please contact the Admissions Office:

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English 6

Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

The equivalent of Swedish secondary school English 6.


Academic credits 20%, Letter of intent/Experience document 80%


There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next field on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

Apply with supporting document

Please note that you are recommended to submit a supporting document with your application to increase your chances of being offered a study place in this programme. Eighty per cent of the study places are selected among applicants who submit a supporting document. We only accept submissions that use the document form below.

To complete your application, follow the steps below:

  • create an account and apply to the programme via 
  • upload your documentation as a pdf on or send the document by post. You will need to document proof of a bachelor's degree as well as proficiency in English to be considered eligible for the programme. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the programme starts, can also apply but must follow specific instructions.
  • if you choose to submit a supporting document, you need to upload it online at The supporting document consists of two parts: a brief description of your experience of communication for development issues that prepare you for studies in the programme; and a Letter of Intent in which you describe your motivations and objectives for applying to the programme.
  • For students applying in the first application round (international admission round, 17 October- 16 January), the supporting document must be uploaded to by 1 February. 
  • For students applying in the second admission round, (national admission round, 15 March- 17 April), the supporting document must be uploaded to or by 2 May.

Download the document to fill in here.

Supporting documents submitted after these dates will not be accepted. Save your document and upload it to your account at You can also send it by post. See for more information.

Kerstin found a more profound understanding of global development

Kerstin Gossé from Sweden was educated as a journalist, and worked as a news reporter for press and television before joining the...

Kerstin found a more profound understanding of global development

Kerstin Gossé from Sweden was educated as a journalist, and worked as a news reporter for press and television before joining the Communication for Development Programme at Malmö University as assistant lecturer. Her experience at ComDev equipped her for her next position as a communications specialist at the United Nations Development Programme in Burkina Faso. Kerstin presently works with strategic communication for the City of Malmö in Sweden.

ComDev was the perfect way to combine my skills in journalism and communication with international and development issues. The programme provided me with a more profound understanding of global development issues from social and cultural perspectives and gave me a more hands-on knowledge of how communication can be used as a tool to empower people to take responsibility for their own future and development.

"The web-based learning platform was a great tool for collaboration, networking and exchange with fellow students all over the world, which was professionally enriching and personally very inspiring. The many social challenges addressed at my department at Malmö Stad prove that communication for development and social change is just as relevant in the industrial world as the one we call 'developing'. Lots of things need to be improved, and communication plays a key role in the efforts to improve the lives of people living in the margins of the modern, multicultural welfare state of Sweden."

Jason recieved a grant to investigate the struggles of social inclusion

Originally from America, Jason Hallman worked with public arts management in California and in the education department of the United State...

Jason recieved a grant to investigate the struggles of social inclusion

Originally from America, Jason Hallman worked with public arts management in California and in the education department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum before being hired as a commissioning editor for an independent scholarly publishing company in the U.S.

He has been living in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2009, where he consults with local and international NGOs on community media, knowledge management and participatory processes.

"In addition to allowing me to become conversant with sophisticated contemporary debates about the future of development, I also really appreciate my fieldwork experience.

"For my final project I received a generous grant from the City of Malmö, which enabled me to work with participatory media and storytelling as means to better understand the struggles of social inclusion among marginalised youth in Sweden. I am continuing to explore how my ComDev education will inform my ‘real world’ practice, but in my brief time in South Africa I have been able to see the direct benefits of both my coursework and my final project. Even though the programme was not entirely practical in nature, its emphasis on important debates around the theorisation of culture, discourse, and development itself has given me a very useful orientation."