MA International Political Communication

What is the relationship between media, public opinion and politics in societies across the world? What interests and agendas lie behind current controversies such as 'post-truth' politics, 'fake news' and 'propaganda'? MA International Political Communication (IPC) explores key issues like these in the relationship between communications and politics, offering students an advanced understanding of cutting-edge debates concerning media, power and democracy at both national and international levels.

Rooted in our ground-breaking research, and including engagement with practical aspects of political communication, IPC offers a route into PhD study and a solid foundation for careers in lobbying, journalism, public relations and many more.
Join us for the masters in political communication and you'll be at the heart of one of the most vital discussions of our age. What is the nature of the relationship between journalists and politicians across different countries and political contexts? In what ways have media become central players in the realms of war, security and conflict? Are the media a powerful force for scrutiny and accountability – or has the contemporary public sphere been undermined by special interests, money and political power?

In addition to developing an advanced understanding of key academic debates, students have an opportunity to engage with the 'real world' dimensions of IPC. Situated within one of Britain's leading journalism studies departments, IPC students are able to take practical courses such as Writing For The Media and a work-based dissertation, and attend weekly research seminars and professional guest lectures involving talks from practitioners (journalists and professional communicators). You can also join our annual 'production week' and London field trip which includes visits to the Houses of Parliament and major London media organisations.

Aims and outcomes

The MA in International Political Communication provides you with:

  • an advanced knowledge of international political communication research
  • in-depth knowledge of the structures and processes of public and political communication at both national and international contexts
  • an advanced understanding of debates at the forefront of political communication
  • the opportunity for expert training in a range of practical skills involved in public and political communication
  • a wide range of transferable skills

Course outline

The course is built around a number of complementary strands:

  • Specific academic modules which introduce students to the structures and processes of international political communication as well as a range of relevant critical perspectives
  • Subject specific research training
  • Specialist study in a range of areas allied with political communication and journalism studies
  • Opportunity for practical training in communicating with the media and writing for the media
  • The MA culminates in a dissertation project on a topic of individual choice

Course structure and modules

Who should take this course?

The IPC programme provides a solid grounding for those wishing to pursue research at PhD level and offers an invaluable underpinning for careers in political or public communications, marketing, lobbying, public relations, political campaigning, NGO work with development and advocacy – and, of course, journalism.

What our graduates say

Who are we?

Our research active teaching staff have expertise in media and international politics, propaganda and public relations, humanitarian crisis communications, social media and the Middle East, media and conflict, international media law, European political communication, democracy and journalism, journalism history, journalism ethics, European Union media policy and data science. The Department of Journalism Studies also includes a large body of teaching staff who have worked at the highest level in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism. We have strong links with the industry. We send our masters students on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists. Guests from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes give lectures in the department.

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