2-year MA

March 15, 2016

From autumn semester 2016 onwards, ComDev graduates who already obtained 60 credits will be able to study a new course towards a 2-year, 120 credit Master’s degree, officially called Communication for Development: Advancement, Specialization and Master’s (Two year) Degree Project.

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 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 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 2018.

The courses of the one-year course consist of Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and EvaluationSpecialization and the Production Project with the possibility to obtain 15 credits through an internship course or through existing credits from outside ComDev.

You find detailed information on the official course site where you can also apply directly for the autumn 2019 course starting in September 2019. Application will be accepted between 15 March and 15 April 2019.

In addition to applying directly for the course, interested students should also get in contact with the ComDev team (comdev(AT)mau.se) to express their interest and discuss study options so we can manage applications better.

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

Autumn semester 2019:

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

The mandatory course will be offered for the fourth 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)

The course consists of a specialization in a particular thematic, regional, or demographic subfield of Communication for Development. With the support of a supervisor, the student chooses a field of specialization. This field can be defined either in terms of a particular theme (e.g. communication for behavior change, ICTs and social change, urban poverty, etc.) or a particular geographic region or demographic group (e.g. rural East Africa, the slums of South Asia, Palestinian refugees, etc.). The student, again with the support of a supervisor, assembles and annotates a bibliography of readings central and otherwise relevant to the field of specialization. In a second step, the student uses the annotated bibliography, as well as other data and materials, to create a user-friendly overview of the field of specialization.
The course also features special teaching events in collaboration with Malmö University and international partners.


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 2020:

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.