Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS score of at least 7.0 (to include 6.0 in each sub-score), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (to include 4.0 in each sub-score) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course.
You will be asked to provide references in support of their application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.
Applications are considered throughout the year.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Months of entry
The MA Political Communication will deepen your understanding of political communication in national and international contexts and, where relevant, your skills in this field.
- Explore the political content of the mass media
- Deepen academic and practical understanding of the actors and agencies involved in the production of political news and information
- Examine the impact of media coverage of politics on audiences
- Explore the interaction between media systems and political systems including government media policy, censorship, regulation and ownership
- Be equipped with the research and study skills necessary to carry out project-based professional and academic research
- Enhance academic skills and knowledge in preparation for further academic study
- Develop basic skills in political communications practice
The course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes such as the increasing importance of new online and social media platforms, image-based politics, and the globalisation of media are shaping politics.
MA Political Communication looks at the influence of actors in the political communications process, including politicians, journalists and citizens by drawing on cutting edge research and case studies.
This course is suitable for those interested in an advanced academic study of political communication or a career in political communication, as well as those already working in political communication, political parties, government agencies and bodies, statutory and voluntary organisations and the mass media.
It is also suitable for people looking to undertake PhD research in political communication.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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