Taught course

Political Communication

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers you a thorough and engaging academic analysis of how political communication works in our highly mediated world. It enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of how political actors, the media and the public interact in different countries during both elections and day-to-day politics, and how this affects the distribution of power at the domestic and international levels.

  • The programme is designed for those who plan a career, or are already working, in an organisation involved in any aspect of political communication, from political parties to non-governmental organisations to public relations agencies.
  • The programme is currently the only one in this are in Scotland and one of very few anywhere based in a Politics department (rather than in Media or Communication).
  • The programme draws on very strong staff expertise in political communication, as well as recognised strength on comparative politics, international relations and media studies.
  • Through the Political Communication seminars you can benefit from a truly unique opportunity to meet with top practitioners in the profession to informally discuss the practical aspects of political communication as well as career options.
  • If you would like to go on to a PhD in the field of political communication, you should consider the closely-related Political Communication (MRes).

Programme Structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses. You will also write a dissertation on a political communication topic of your choice, under the guidance of personal supervision by a specialist member of staff.

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project work and case studies.

Core courses

  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions and communication

Plus one from the following

  • Qualitative methods for social scientists
  • Social science statistics 1

Optional courses

  • Challenges in international politics
  • China's international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Comparative European politics
  • Comparative public opinion
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • European Union in international politics and development
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Institutions and policies of the European Union
  • International relations theory
  • International security and global politics
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
  • Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
  • Media, security and war
  • Researching audiences and the media.

You may also choose, with the programme convener's approval, from courses in the other subject areas in the School of Social & Political Sciences. Some courses might not be available every year.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Philip Habel