ComDev courses

Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev! The autumn semester with almost 150 students across all our courses is well underway and we just concluded our Transit Europe symposium with more than 60 colleagues, students, alumni and friends of ComDev.

As the spring application window for ComDev’s flagship 1-year MA opens from 15 September – 17 October we are once again looking forward to receiving your application.

You will find all the details on the 1-year MA page.

Based on our initial experiences and the strong competition for spaces we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

The MA program is a 50% full-time course taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years!

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev and we just uploaded three more profiles in connection with the ComDev experiences in the United Nations system.

Please note that all applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters, including formal qualifications or language requirements.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in January 2017!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev!

As the spring application window for ComDev programs and courses opens from 15 March – 15 April we have great educational opportunities lined up for you!

First, the second round to apply to our flagship two-year part-time MA in Communication for Development is now open!
You can find all the details on the ‘1-year MA’ page.

This will be the first time that we will evaluate application letters for students starting the autumn course and based on our initial experiences for the spring course we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

Second, as you may have heard through the ComDev grapevine, it is now possible to apply for courses that will qualify for a 2-year, 120ECTS MA in Communication for Development! If you already completed our 60ECTS MA program this is an exciting opportunity to return to ComDev for a full-time year of practice- and reflective learning!

Third, our free-standing Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and Evaluation course will also be available in the autumn semester!
Now formally part of the 2-year MA course package the third Advances course will attract a diverse group of ComDev alumni, new students and professionals from the global development industry-your ideal gateway to return to C4D and get to know (or continue) the ComDev experience!

All of our courses are 50% full-time courses taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years!

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev.

Please note that applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course coordinator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in September!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

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 a one-year 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 use 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.

“Because the course is for targeting people already in the C4D field there was a lot of experience among the students, which was shared and discussed and became part of the very dynamic learning environment.”   ComDev graduate (2010)

report2ComDev 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 in different countries to interact and conduct group assignments with their peers: from South Korea to Brazil and South Africa to Sweden.

The programme prioritise embracing the global when planning for seminars and to date ComDev has held seminars in India, South Africa and Tanzania to name a few. For 2014, seminars are planned to take place in Australia, Canada and South Africa as well as in Malmö, and students are encouraged to attend the seminars in person if they have the opportunity.

“Meeting staff and fellow students during the oral examination seminar in Malmö was a great experience … I also very much appreciated the respectful and friendly atmosphere among teachers and students.”   ComDev graduate (2013)

How to Apply

The application window for the MA programme in Communication in Development closes on 15 January 2015 for autumn 2015 admission. More information on how to apply can be found on the University Admission’s official website. In English, and in Swedish.

Apply for the MA in Communication for Development! Application deadline 15 January 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 18, 2014 ComDev

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 […]

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Welcome to ComDev!

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 17, 2014 ComDev

It’s almost time to kick off the semester and we are happy to welcome so many new students to the ComDev programme! This spring you’ll start off with a course in communication, culture and media analysis where you’ll be introduced to the understandings of communication and communication strategies in the area of Communication for Development, and the […]

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New course: Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation (15 ects)

by Rebecca Bengtsson February 19, 2014 ComDev courses

This autumn, ComDev is offering a brand new course in Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation. The course responds to the needs of ComDev graduates that have requested a deeper level of study in this field, as well as development professionals seeking group work and peer learning, hands-on participation, self-reflection, and […]

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