2-year MA

March 15, 2016

From autumn semester 2016 onwards, ComDev graduates who already obtained 60 ECTS will be able to study a flexible course package towards a 2-year, 120 ECTS Master’s degree.

Based on discussions and a survey with ComDev alumni, more than fifteen years of experience with the flagship ComDev MA and best practice from other programs at Malmö University the course package offers a flexible, reflective practice-based approach for advanced studies.

Students will be able to create an exciting individual portfolio to support their professional careers, prepare for PhD programs or upgrade their existing knowledge as alumni of the program.

The course package will be based on ComDev’s successful online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ pedagogy, but is intended as one-year fulltime studies, including intensive peer learning workshops during spring semester 2017.

The core courses of the package consist of Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and Evaluation, Internship – Reflecting on one’s own practice and the Production Project with the possibility to obtain 15 ECTS through existing credits or courses outside ComDev.

In addition to applying directly for the course(s), interested students should also get in contact with Mårten Frostgard, educational coordinator at the K3 faculty and the ComDev team (comdev(AT)mah.se) to express their interest and discuss study options.

Further details will be announced on the ComDev portal in early March 2017 – including application details for the course package rather than individual courses.

Follow the links below for full details on the course options:

Autumn semester 2017:

Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and Evaluation (15 credits)

The mandatory course will be offered for the third time; this is still an open, free-standing course which is now fully integrated into the 2-year MA. The Advances course brings together ComDev alumni, new students and C4D professionals who study this course as part of their organizational commissioned education.

Communication for Development: Specialization course (15 credits)

This course is currently developed and should be ready for autumn 2017.


Internship – Reflecting on one’s own practice (15 credits)

This elective course is jointly offered by ComDev and the Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries Master’s program.
Based on discussions and a survey with ComDev alumni we designed an internship course to enable students obtaining credits for practice-based work placements; one of the ideas behind the course is that students would be able to implement their communication plan designed during the Advances course in an actual organizational setting.

Spring semester 2018:

Communication for Development: Production Project (30 credits)

This mandatory course will tie together previous studies and new expertise from the first semester of the 2-year course package. Students create a communication for development product, which could include anything from a chapter or article in an academic publication to a radio show, photo exhibition, short film, interactive seminar webcast or website. The course will likely consist of an intensive, workshop- and ‘learning laboratory’-based phase in Malmö and final written reflective paper.