About the education

The field of media is constantly shifting. In the last decade, the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged — forever reshaping not only consumers but also creators and distributors of media. Today's digital media are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are entirely collaborative in terms of both production and consumption, and this is what is meant by the term ‘collaborative media.

The one-year master's programme in Media and Communication Studies gives you advanced knowledge of digital media through practical approaches in the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative manner with different types of media, while learning to evaluate them from a critical perspective.

The one-year master’s programme in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries will equip you with advanced knowledge of digital media. The programme is oriented towards practical approaches to the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative way with different types of media while you learn to approach them from a critical perspective.   

During the programme, you will develop three primary skill sets: the ability to analyse and strategically approach media and its impact on society; the capability to work with media and communication both methodologically and systematically; and the knowledge required to produce media texts, both individually and collaboratively. Compared to bachelor's level degrees, this advanced programme has a clear focus on the development of strategic expertise, a crucial skill for those intending to pursue a professional career in media and communication. During the year, you will also obtain an in-depth knowledge of the workings of creative industries.

The programme is developed alongside and conducted in collaboration with Media Evolution, a media cluster with over 350 member companies based in Malmö. This facilitates a crossover between the academic and professional worlds and allows students to develop skills in both areas throughout their studies. Throughout the duration of the programme, you will get the chance to meet a number of international guest lecturers from universities all across the world, further adding to the global relevance of the programme.

This programme starts with new students every autumn semester. The first semester focuses on examining key themes in communication studies and on how today's creative industries operate. During the second semester, you will learn more about the possibilities of collaborative media. The year ends with a (one-year, 15 credits) master's thesis.

The programme, which is web-based and full-time, makes education available to students globally and offers a unique blend of distance and campus-based learning. The seminars are compulsory, and you can either attend in Malmö or online. This approach makes it possible for international students to enrol in the programme without having to relocate, leading to a diverse and intercultural student body that increases the opportunities for students to form transnational networks and to benefit from international lecturers. 

The programme is hosted on an online platform through which communication between students and lecturers takes place and where student projects are uploaded. As the main theme of the programme is collaborative media, this pedagogical approach leaves room for experimentation, and students are encouraged to use collaborative media during the learning process. 

After graduating, you will have the qualifications necessary to work in media and communication. The skill sets and knowledge you develop during your studies are valuable to the fast-growing creative industries. Companies, governments and organisations are other possible employers as they become increasingly dependent on communication and media in their activities. This programme is for those who want to take an active role in the development of the media field. It also provides a foundation for further, post-graduate studies. 

Malmö University also offers the two-year version of the programme which provides you with a deeper dive into the field of media- and communication studies.

Two-year master's programme

Students who are admitted to the one-year programme and who wish to continue for another year can apply for admission to a later part of the programme if they meet the entry requirements.

Read more about applying to a later part of the programme

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: admissions@mau.se

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 credits) or equivalent in social sciences, humanities, arts or design studies. Examples of subject background relevant to the programme include, but are not limited to: Media and Communication, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Literature, Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Stage Production, Media Production, or Fine Arts.

The equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English 6.


Letter of intent/Experience document 100%.

Apply with supporting documents

Please note that you are recommended to submit supporting documents with your application to this programme. If you fulfil the entry requirements but do not submit the supporting documents, you can only be admitted if space allows. The selection is based only on the supporting documents.

To complete your application, follow these steps:

  1. Create an account and apply to the programme via universityadmissions.se.
  2. Submit documented proof of your Bachelor’s degree and proficiency in English. Upload the documentation as a PDF at universityadmissions.se, or send it by post. You can apply if you are in your final year and will receive your Bachelor’s degree before the programme starts, by following specific instructions.
  3. Submit your supporting documents via the form on this webpage. When you have completed the form and pressed “send”, you have submitted your supporting documents. Please make sure to do this after you have completed step one and two. If you apply in multiple admission rounds, you must upload supporting documents for each round.

Supporting documents deadline

Submit the supporting documents no later than 1 February 23.59 Central European Time (GMT +1), when applying in the international admission round, 16 October–15 January.

Submit the supporting documents no later than 2 May 23.59 Central European Time (GMT +1), when applying in the national admission round, 15 March – 15 April.

Supporting documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Only supporting documents submitted via the form will be reviewed.

Assessment criteria for supporting documents (Word)

Have you previously applied to the programme Media and Communication Studies (One-Year)?
If yes, which admission round?
If yes, are you using the same Description of experience/Letter of Intent as in your last application?

Part 1: Brief description of your experiences relating to the field of Media and Communication Studies

Please write a brief description of your experiences relating to the field of Media and Communication Studies that, in your opinion, prepare you for studies in the programme.

These experiences may be acquired from your professional life, volunteer/non-profit work, educational background, etc. You should describe how these experiences have led you to pursuing further studies in the field of Media and Communication Studies. Include one to three scholarly references that clearly tie your previous experience to research in the field.

Part 2: Letter of Intent

Please write a letter of intent in which you describe why you are applying to this programme in particular. Clearly describe your expectations and ambitions related to the courses offered in the programme and detail the knowledge and skills you expect to achieve.

Part 3: Demonstrate your connection to the field of Media and Communication Studies

Include two samples of scholarly, creative, or production work that demonstrate your connection to the field of Media and Communication Studies. Please, link to your work samples.

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An ideal way to learn online

Hannah Lemoine is a one-year master’s programme student living in Copenhagen, Denmark with her two children. After she finished her bachelor’s degree in media and communication at Malmö University, she has been waiting patiently to start the master’s programme and is now among the first group of...

An ideal way to learn online

Hannah Lemoine is a one-year master’s programme student living in Copenhagen, Denmark with her two children. After she finished her bachelor’s degree in media and communication at Malmö University, she has been waiting patiently to start the master’s programme and is now among the first group of students.

Hannah has already completed two bachelor's degrees at Malmö University, one in media and communication studies and one in gender studies. She wanted to extend her studies in the media field and when she heard about the master’s in communication studies, she did not hesitate to apply.

“Except for the practical reasons that the university is just across the Öresund and that the programme is held online, I really like the professors at Malmö University and they are exceptionally good at what they do. That was really a stamp of quality for me, and one of the crucial factors towards applying,” Hannah explains.

“I have studied at different universities through the years but Malmö University is the one I keep coming back to. The professors are quick to respond to students’ questions, they listen to our feedback and really make time to ensure the students excel and progress.” Hannah aims for a career within academia and her next step will be pursuing a doctorate.

Combines working life and student life

In her earlier career she worked as a freelance graphic designer, an illustrator and a web designer.

During the past years she worked as a communication consultant with focus to assure that equality was integrated within a company’s written and image content.

“As of right now, I have been trying to cut down on working so I can focus more on my studies. When I applied online, I was not really considering how great of an asset online classes would be. I have been able to choose between going to classes on campus and attending them online. This gives me the freedom to work when I want to.”

In love with Malmö

Aside from the cost of commuting from Denmark to Sweden, which is a 30 minute train ride, Hannah loves the southern Swedish city.

“The city has a vibrant atmosphere and I love the diversity among the people living here. One of the things I like most about the programme is the inclusive intersectional perspective that has been constant through the different courses. It feels like the atmosphere from the city is reflected in the programme.”


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