Communication for Development (Part time, Online)

Malmö University
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Communication for Development (Part time, Online)

About this program

Communication for Development (Part time, Online)

This program 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 program, combining courses on culture, communication and development and integrating them with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication - both as a tool and as a way of expressing processes of social change - within the contexts of globalization.

In the first year, students receive a comprehensive overview of globalization and a systematic inventory of the entire field. In the second year, students follow specialized 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 organizations (governmental and non-governmental) and PhD studies.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

The equivalent of Swedish secondary school English course B.


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

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Program content

Semester 1

Media, Globalization and Development - 15 ECTS

Semester 2

Communication, Culture, Media and Analysis - 15 ECTS

Semester 3

New Media, ICT and Development - 7,5 ECTS

Research Methodology - 7,5 ECTS

Semester 4

Communication for Development: Degree Project - 15 ECTS

Program delivery

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.


Master of Science (MSc) in Communication and Development

Career paths

The program’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 organizations 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 organizations in Sweden. Graduates from the program also go on to successfully complete doctoral studies.

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Malmö University

Malmö University is characterised by global engagement, community involvement, and a multidisciplinary, challenge-based approach to education, research and collaboration. A young innovative, urban and international institute of higher education located in the very south of Sweden. We offer English-taught programmes...

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Why study at Malmö University

Malmö has undergone major developments in the past two decades, especially since the opening of the Öresund bridge and the founding of Malmö University. You may be surprised to learn that the city regularly collects accolades in all kinds of international rankings:

  • Promotes an entrepreneurial and innovative learning environment that influences and is influenced by the education and research at Malmö University. For instance, Forbes identified Malmö as the 4th most innovative city in the world, largely thanks to its impressively high ratio of patents per inhabitant.
  • Malmö has also been ranked the world’s 6th most bike-friendly city. No surprise there, given that the world’s #1, Copenhagen, is just across the water! Ideal conditions for students that prefer the cheap and healthy way to get from A to B.
  • In the European Commission’s “Quality of life” survey, Malmö residents are among the happiest in the continent: Regularly, 95% and more report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their life. Given that around 40% of Malmö’s

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Malmö University

Malmö University
205 06 Malmö

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