The Master's Degree Programme in Media and Global Communication

  Contact Information


    Media and Communication Studies is part of the Department of Social Research.

    Department of Social Research P.O. Box 54, 00014
    University of Helsinki FINLAND

    Street address: Unioninkatu 37

    Email addresses:

    tel. +358-2941911 (University switchboard)

    Admissions Services

    phone: +358 2941 24140 Admission Services telephone hours Monday - Friday
    from 12 noon to 3 p.m.


Mervi Pantti Ph.D., director of programme, head of the discipline, senior lecturer
e-mail: mervi.pantti(at)

Marko Ampuja, Ph.D., senior lecturer
e-mail: marko.ampuja(at)

  • MGC 1) Introduction to Media and Global Communication
  • MGC 2) Global Media Industries and Structures (with visiting lecturers)
  • MGC 4) Advanced Research Methods in Communication
  • MGC 6) Master's Seminar

Leena Ripatti-Torniainen, Ph.D.,senior lecturer

  • MGC 4) Advanced Research Methods in Communication
  • MGC 6) Master's Seminar

Tuula Lehtonen, Ph.D., senior lecturer (University of Helsinki, language center)
Academic Writing for Students in English-Medium Master's Programmes + individual consultations


Guest lecturers 2015-2016

MGC 3) The Fourth Generation? Human Rights and Communication in the Digital Era, Minna Aslama Horowitz (St. John’s University and University of Helsinki)

MGC 4) Advanced Research Methods in Communication, Marko Ampuja, As. Professor Jiska Engelbert (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Salla Laaksonen, Minttu Tikka, Petro Poutanen

MGC 2) Global Media Industries and Structures, Marko Ampuja, Professor Philip Napoli (Rutgers University), Professor Jaana Hujanen (University of Helsinki), Professor Piet Bakker (Hogeschool Utrecht), Professor Greg Lowe (University  of Tampere)

MGC 3) Critical Perspectives on Political Communications, Professor Nathalie Fenton (Goldsmiths, University of London)

MGC 3) Social Media: Activism, Conflicts and Wars, Professor Christian Christensen (Stockholm University)

Guest lecturers 2014-2015

Jiska Engelbert
Discourse Analysis

Chris Atton
MGC 2) Global Media Industries and Structures: Alternative Journalism

Itir Akdogan & Irina Khaldarova
MGC 3) Freedom of Expression in Challenged Democracies

Christina Scharff
MGC 3) Gender, Media and Culture

Lilie Chouliaraki & Rune Saugmann Andersen
MGC 3) Disaster and conflict news: the witnessing of suffering from press photography to new media journalism
Conference on Post-Humanitarian Communication

Melissa Aronczyk
MGC 3) Critical Themes in Promotional Culture

Johanna Jääsaari & Claudia Padovani
MGC 3) Global Communication Governance

Minna Aslama Horowitz
MGC 3) The Fourth Generation? Human rights and communication in the digital era

Thomas Poell & Lilly Korpiola
MGC 3) Social Media and the Arab Spring: Mobilising and Reporting Protest in Today's Middle East

Tamara Witschge (the Helsinki Summer School course)
MGC3) Globalisation, Media and the Cosmopolitan Citizen

Sam Kingsley
Investigative Journalism

Guest lecturers 2013-2014

Marko Ampuja and visiting lecturers Chris Atton, Christian Fuchs, Greg Lowe and Jaana Hujanen
MGC 3) Global Media Structures and Institutions

Minna Aslama (St. John's University, USA)
MGC 3) Media Reform: Issues and Stakeholders, Online course,

Rune Saugmann Andersen (University of Copenhagen) with Mette Mortensen
MGC 3) Visual Media and Global Politics,

Mark Deuze (University of Amsterdam)
MGC 3) Media Life

Yufai Chow and Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam)   
MGC 3) Globalization and Asian Pop Culture            

Gavan Titley (NUI Maynooth)

MGC 3) Racism, Multiculturalism and Public Discourse

Hannu Nieminen (University of Helsinki) and visiting lecturers:
Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Tristan Mattelart, Universidad de París 8 – Vincennes
Maria Michalis, University of Westminster
Peter Lunt, University of Leicester
Elena Vartanova, Moscow State University
Colin Sparks, Hong Kong Baptist University
Vibodh Parthasarathi, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi) 

MGC 3) Critical Issues in Global Media Governance

Tamara Witschge (Cardiff University)
MGC 3) Changing Journalism and the New Public

Guest lecturers 2012-2013

Evgeniya Boklage with Tanja Aitamurto(University of Stanford), Farida Vis(University of Sheffield), Tuomo Pietiläinen (University of Tampere), Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
MGC 3) Journalism and New Media

Eugenia Siapera
MGC 3) Cultural Diversity and Social Media

Minna Aslama Horowitz (St. John's University, USA and University of Helsinki, FI)
MGC 3) Global Communication and Digital Media: Building Communities

Nico Carpentier (The Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
MGC 3) Mediated Participations

Leonardo Custodio (University of Tampere) with Thomas Tufte(University of Roskilde), Carolina Matos (University of Essex), Isabel Awad Cherit( Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), Daniel Hallin (University of California San Diego)
MGC 3) Media, Journalism and Politics in Latin America

Rodney Benson (New York University
The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)
MGC 3) Media Ownership and Comparative Media Systems

Guest lecturers 2011-2012

Professor Simon Cottle (Cardiff University)
MGC3) Global Crisis Reporting

Professors Anker Brink Lund (Copenhagen Business School) and Inka Salovaara Moring (University of Århus)
MGC3) Media Management and Journalism in the Digital Age

Professor Hannu Nieminen with visiting lecturers Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter) and Maria Michalis (University of Westminster)
MGC3)European Media and Communication Policies,

Professor Colin Sparks
(Hong Kong Baptist University) and Inka Salovaara Moring (University of Århus)
MGC3) Media Freedom and Democracy

Erling Solheim
MGC 3) Quantitative Research Methods

Professor Anette Hill
(Lund University)
MGC3) Media Audience

Professor Graham Murdock
(University of Loughborough)
MGC3) Media, Economy and Power

Guest lecturers 2010-2011

Nico Carpentier
, Ph.D.,
Free university of Brussels (VUB)
MGC 3) Mediated Participations

Fulbright Professor John Downing
MGC 3) The Media of Social Movements

Professor Daya Thussu / University of Westminster and Ass. Professor Ramaswami Harindranath / University of Melbourne
MGC 3) Global Popular Culture

Erling Solheim,
MGC 3) Quantitative Research Methods

Ass. Professor Linda Duits / University of Amsterdam
MGC 4) Advanced Research Methods in Communication

Minna Aslama, Ph.D., Academy Researcher (University of Helsinki)
MGC 3) Communication Research in Action: Media Activism and Research around the World