Taught course

Political Communication

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but you should submit a statement indicating why you are interested in changing fields or the connection to your previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This ESRC-recognised research-training programme gives you a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of political communication.

Why Glasgow

  • 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 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.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a specialist member of staff.

Core courses

  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions and communication
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • China's international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Environmental problems in China
  • European Union in international politics and development
  • Generalised linear models
  • Global security: Theories and concepts
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • International organisations
  • International relations and development
  • International relations research
  • International relations theory
  • International security and strategic thought
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Media, security and war
  • Researching audiences and the media.

Induction and pre-arrival information

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in research organisations such as think-tanks; public relations and communications in government agencies, political parties, charities and international organisations; politics and political consultancy; political journalism; media policy makers; and higher education, including doctoral studies.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Ana Langer
Email
ana.langer@glasgow.ac.uk