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Roskilde University, Denmark

The Master's Programme at Roskilde
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Reguests for information should be sent to CoMundus Secretary: Rikke Krogh,

Contact Person


Prof. Kim Christian Schrøder

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Postal Address


Roskilde University
Communication Studies
Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies
43-3, P.O. Box 260
4000 Roskilde



+45 4674 38 08



+45 4674 30 75


I. Description of instructional schedule
The courses of the Masters Programme consist of a student research project and two or three additional seminars or lectures. The topics of the student research projects are defined by the students in consultation with teacher-supervisors, while the board of studies offers approx. 25 different courses to choose from. The courses cover the study areas mentioned in the next paragraphs.

Areas of study

Subjects and related programmes

I. Theory, History, Epistemology of Media, Culture, and Communication

Communication in Mediatized Societies -Communication and Social Change - Communication in Multi-cultural Societies - The Media-construction of Social Reality through Discourse - Quantitative and Qualitative Epistemologies: the Practice Connection

II. Institutions, Law, Politics, Economy of Media

Ethics of Communication - Political Communication Campaigns - Organizational Communication -Democracy, Media, Journalism

III. Media as Texts, Media Production and Analyses, Multimedia

Design of Multimedia - Visual Communication - Analysis and Production of Moving Images - Sound Production for Radio and Multimedia - Oral Communication: Rhetoric - Planned Communication - Documentary as Genre - Aesthetics of Web Design

IV. Audience, Reception, and Media Education

Communication and Gender - Communication in Collaborative Learning - Audiences and Users of Media and Communication

1. Project package with courses

(Please note that the course titles given here may differ from semester to semester)
Project forum: Communication Planning and Analysis (15 ECTS-Credits)
Course: CoMundus Core Module (5 ECTS-Credits)
Course: Democracy, Media, and Journalism (5 ECTS-Credits)
Course: E-learning. The Communication of Knowledge (5 ECTS-Credits)

II. Assessment rules
At Roskilde University student achievement is assessed through a combination of oral and written exams. Student project work is assessed through an oral exam where the students defend their project report in front of an internal and an external examiner (appointed by the Ministry of Science). Coursework is assessed through short essays and/or exercises submitted by students at the end of the course.

III. Teaching and administrative staff
Teaching Staff
The Roskilde teaching staff designated for the European Master Programme comprises a core group of teachers and researchers with established reputations internationally across the range of scholarly fields that make up the Masters Programme. They are all high-ranking colleagues in the department, they have published widely internationally, and they have an impressive record as outstanding teachers.

Administrative Staff
The administrative assistance for the European Master Programme at Roskilde University relies on the services of the international secretary in the Communication Department and the eight employees in the University's international office.

IV. Term dates
1 September through December
1 February through June
We offer an introduction course, with cultural and linguistic acclimatization, 2 weeks before the semester begins.

V. Examination period

Mid-/End June

VI. Requirements and procedure for application
Requirements for admission are the successful completition of a BA level award and further studies at the Master level, the equivalent of 30 ECTS, or one semester's fulltime studies.
For further information, see the CoMundus Consortium's application requirements

Language requirements
Fluency in both spoken and written English. The level of English required is equivalent to:

  IELTS: 5.5 - 6 or
  TOEFL paper-based: 550 or
  TOEFL computer-based: 225 or
  TOEFL internet-based: 80

You don't have to speak Danish in order to study at Roskilde University. But we recommend an introductory Danish course in order to give you the best start at the University. The introductory course is offered free of charge by Roskilde University to students who have been accepted for one of our programmes and lasts for two weeks.

VII. Application Deadline
See the Consortium's general application rules

VIII. Support for international students
The department’s International Coordinator and the International Counselor hold regular meetings with visiting students so that they can assist with potential practical and/or academic problems as they occur.

IX. Institutional frame
Roskilde University was established in 1972, the vision being to create a university that would experiment with new forms of learning based on high-quality academic research and contemporary interdisciplinary master’s programmes. Roskilde University has 6 departments in three main areas: natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The team-based research and study approach applied by the departments and in the various study programmes have produced highly skilled graduates at bachelor’s level (three years’ study), master’s level (five years’ study) and PhD level (eight years’ study), who are working professionally at various levels in communication and media organizations in Denmark as well as internationally. In the current ‘era of benchmarking’ the University’s international focus has clearly shown that Roskilde University is among the top universities in Europe and a member of Europe’s premier league when it comes to research-based university education.

X. Research activities
The main fields of research cover planned and strategic communication, communication and social change, health communication, visual communication, museum communication, net-based collaborative learning, organizational and business communication, intercultural communication, discourse analysis and audience research. At Roskilde the emphasis on problem-oriented project work supervised by a teacher means that the curriculum is always and inherently research-oriented. Often student projects are commissioned by organizations in the media and communication business. In some cases students work in cooperation with professors on the latter's research projects.

XI. Quality assurance and evaluation
The quality of Danish university programmes is evaluated in two complementary ways: Through a formal international review process, and through regular reports by the corps of external examiners.

1. Danish university degree programmes are evaluated by an international evaluation committee at app. ten-year intervals, under the auspices of the government's Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education. The last evaluation of the Communication Programme (comparative with related programmes at other universities) took place in 1996 and was published in paper version only. The report has a 15 page English summary, which can be obtained from The Communication Director's office. The report does not use numerical ratings and does not have a short, reproducible conclusion, but its detailed description and discussion of Roskilde University's Communication Programme has few critical comments and applauds the ways in which its teaching and research are conducted.

2. All student activities, as they materialize in reports offered for oral examination at the end of the semester, are monitored by a corps of external examiners, which is shared by and serves all media and communication programmes in the country. Roskilde University's grade average turns out continually to be among the top of the half a dozen programmes rated by the external examiners. The evaluative comments issued annually by the head of the external examiners have been very supportive of Roskilde's Communication Programme, drawing critical attention only to minor, easily adjustable aspects.

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Last Update: May 19th 06