Advances in Communication for Development (15 ECTS)

Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation is a new ComDev course specifically tailored for Development and Communication professionals that we are now offering for the second time!
Aimed at those who wish to enhance their skill-set and strengthen the academic foundations supporting their professional practice. This course is open to collaborations with employers and organisations from the development sector and can be added as professional development or training portfolio.

Advances in Communication for Development is a fully accredited 15 credit Malmö University course. Taught part-time over one term the course is specifically structured to accommodate demanding work schedules and complement day-to-day professional practice. The course for the spring semester will run between mid-January and the beginning of June 2016.

You can find all the details on our Commissioned Education site or go directly to the official course page at Malmö University!


MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS)

Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of globalisation.

The MA in Communication for Development (ComDev) is web-based programme running part-time over two years. During the first year, students receive a comprehensive overview of globalisation and an introduction to the field of Communication for Development. In the second year, students are introduced to the theory and practice of new media and ICT in a development context and receive a thorough introduction to research methodologies in order to prepare them for their thesis.

ComDev attracts students from all corners of the world and it is particularly popular with those working within the field of communication and development or in civil society organisations. There are close to 200 graduates from the programme and future employment includes working with professional media companies, international organisations and going on to PhD-studies.

You can find alumni portraits on the portal, for example here & and a second one-and do browse through the content to get a better idea of the people, ideas, research and public engagement behind ComDev.

ComDevActionComDev was a pioneer in the use of internet-based learning, using online platforms to make education available to students globally and offers a unique blend of distance- and campus-based learning. From the start, the backbone of the programme has been a pedagogical approach referred to as Convergence Pedagogy. The concept was coined and is continuously developed by the ComDev staff and utilises the advantages that the online environment offers in terms of students connecting with fellow students around the world mixed with onsite seminar weekends where students get a chance to meet and interact in person. Lectures and seminars are planned to allow students participating in different time zones. This learning environment, based on the group dynamic that potentiates the participants’ own resources, is described as the Glocal Classroom and allows students based around the globe to interact and conduct group assignments with their peers.

How to Apply

The application window for the MA programme in Communication in Development closes on 15 October 2015 for spring 2016 admission. More information on how to apply can be found on Malmö University’s official website. ComDev is also an eligible programme under Malmö University Master’s Scholarships scheme.

We are introducing a supporting document for the first time during the autumn 2015 application round semester and will evaluate its impact on the quantity and quality of applications and selected students on a regular basis.

Why a ‘letter of intent’?

It is sometimes difficult in the centralized Swedish application system to identify capable, motivated and interesting students based on the formal documents alone-especially when relevant credits is one of the core indicator in ranking applicants. We are also aiming at recruiting more mature students with professional experience in international development work-and their applications are sometimes difficult to match with the expectations of central admission. Now in its 15th year, the ComDev team has gained quite a lot of knowledge about students who participate actively and complete the course successfully.

Why you should submit the letter of intent

University admission will continue to process all qualified applications and a missing letter of intent will not exclude you from the admission process. However, we strongly encourage you to take the extra time and reflect on your reasons for applying; essentially, tell us a bit more how your personal, professional and academic journey is linked to the core themes of the ComDev course, media (including ICTs), globalization, culture and development.

What happens next?comdevad

If you open the document, you will see two sections that we ask you to complete:
First, a brief description (maximum 500 words) of those experiences of Communication for Development issues and problems that, in your opinion, prepare you for studies in the programme; and, second, a Letter of Intent (again, maximum 500 words) where you describe the purpose and your objectives behind applying to the programme.
Once you submitted your completed application we will evaluate the letters that we receive from qualified candidates and rank profiles. This will inform central admission who will make the final decision about which students will be offered a place in the program.

In summary

  • From fall 2015 we are asking applicants to submit a ‘letter of intent’ together with their application; your qualified, completed application will be processed without the letter, but due to the high numbers of qualified students a letter should make a difference and 80% of the places are offered to students who submitted the letter
  • Applications are still handled by the central Swedish admission authority and all questions about application formalities should be addressed to them first
  • Due to the high number of applications we will not be able to discuss individual cases and to ensure transparency we will also refrain from discussing individual letters during the application process. In case you have general questions you can write to the ComDev team at comdev(AT)


Marko Skoric from City University Hong Kong will be joining ‪#‎comdev_live on Thursday, 8 October. He will present his research on

Political expression, exposure to disagreement, and opinion shielding on social media as predictors of citizen engagement

We will be meeting from 2.30-4.00 (SWE time) in the Glocal Classroom teaching room (NC0502) and the seminar will be streamed on the ComDev portal.

Marko M. Skoric is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University College London, UK. Marko’s teaching and research interests are focused on new media and social change, with particular emphasis on civic and political implications of new communication technologies.

Marko has conducted studies on online social capital and its civic and political implications in Asia-Pacific; implications of video-game addiction and violence; cultural shaping of communication systems and democratization; and civic and political impact of podcasting, social networking and broadband Internet, among other topics.


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by Anders Hög Hansen September 14, 2015 Uncategorized

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by Tobias Denskus August 14, 2015 Alumni

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Welcome to ComDev – Course Start Autumn 2015

by Hugo Boothby June 17, 2015 Uncategorized

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‘Memory on Trial': Book launch of new Örecomm anthology

by Tobias Denskus June 3, 2015 Comdev News

Last week ComDev’s Oscar Hemer and Anders Hög-Hansen launched a new anthology, Memory on Trial, a collection based on papers presented at the 2013 Örecomm festival: This book approaches the memory sharing of groups, communities and societies as inevitable struggles over the interpretation of, and authority over, particular stories. Coming to terms with the past […]

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