Taught course

Political Communication

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

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 a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0, or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course.

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim is to allow students to deepen their understanding of political communication in national and international contexts and, where relevant, their skills in this field. More specific aims include:

  • Exploring the political content of the mass media
  • Deepen students’ 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
  • Equip students with the research and study skills necessary to carry out project-based professional and academic research
  • Enhance students’ academic skills and knowledge in preparation for further academic study
  • Develop basic skills in political communications practice

Students taking this course will increase their ability to undertake rigorous analytical work, be capable of producing well researched essays, assignments and dissertations to deadline, and will have refined and improved their practical political communications skills.

Full details can be found on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p249.html

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr Huw Thomas
+44 (0)29 2087 4786