Taught course

Politics, Communications and Data Analytics

University of Essex · Department of Government

Entry requirements

We will consider all applicants with 2:2 or above, or equivalent international qualifications. For some courses, there may be additional requirements which can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you fascinated by the role of data in a politic context? Curious about the wider field of communication, and how it is linked to policy and policy makers? Do you want to explore emerging trends in politics, media, and current affairs? There has never been higher demand for trained specialists with an in-depth understanding of how to work with data and evidence.

In our MSc Politics, Communications and Data Analytics you’ll gain rigorous training to better understand how to use data, effectively communicate the implications of data, patterns, associations, and trends, whilst being equipped with a grounded understanding of the greater political and media contexts. Through our course, you will learn the appropriate research methods to grasp cutting-edge international debates in media and politics, gain research skills and investigate the complex world of media, politics and data in various contexts including the Global South.

You’ll cover topics including: Public Policy Media and Politics Social Data Science Through our optional modules, you will be provided with the flexibility to pursue topics around your interests, including:

Environmental politics



The United States

Inequality in Latin America

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication.

We are consistently in the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began. We are even ranked 7th in the UK for Politics in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Information for international students

Entry requirements

You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage www.essex.ac.uk/international. If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk. Pre-sessional English Language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional. Funding

You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at www.essex.ac.uk/international or view our university-wide scholarships at www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships.

Fees and funding

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/fees-and-funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions