Taught course

Political Communication

University of Leeds · School of Media and Communication

Entry requirements

A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, in a social science discipline or any other relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Political Communication combines theoretical insights from political science, communications studies, psychology and political economy, and applies them to the world of political journalism and communication. The programme takes a global perspective by paying attention to the role of political communication in western and non-western, established and emerging democracies.

Some (and only some) of the questions this programme addresses through the set of its core and optional modules include:

  • What is the democratic role of the media, and how well are they performing their role?
  • Are the media free to be irresponsible?
  • Are elections really decided on television, or what other factors are driving voting behaviour?
  • How much power do ‘spin doctors’ have on the way in which political parties and governments operate?
  • How does political persuasion work?
  • How do political messages affect citizens’ attitudes, knowledge and values?
  • How are communication theories reflected in communication campaigns?
  • Is e-democracy an effective means of citizen empowerment?

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5, and at least 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

University scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students: http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 4192