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.
Months of entry
This ESRC-recognised research-training programme gives you a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of political communication.
- If you want to work as a researcher, develop academic research skills or embark on a PhD in political communication and related subjects, this programme is designed for you.
- The programme draws on very strong staff expertise in political communication, as well as recognised strength on comparative politics and international relations.
- 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.
- The programme is an excellent preparation for doctoral work, and is eligible for the ESRC 1+3 scheme.
- Research methods courses are delivered through the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School. They are taught by staff with specialist expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- The programme covers the same topics as the MSc in Political Communication but has been tailored to provide appropriate training for those who are intending to pursue doctoral studies or research-intensive careers.
You will take 4 core and 2 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.
- Media and democracy
- Political institutions and communication
- Qualitative research methods
- Social science statistics 1.
- Challenges in international politics
- China's international politics
- Comparative public opinion
- EU in international politics and development
- Human rights and global politics
- Humanitarian intevention
- Institutions and policies of the European Union
- Internet and civil society
- Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
- Media, war and security
- Media, communications and jounralism: Criticism and theory.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences.
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
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Philip Habel