MA International Political Communication

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Employers know our applied courses produce high-calibre multimedia journalists. We also teach two theoretical masters, backed by world-class research.

Our graduates work for major organisations including the BBC, Sky, The Guardian and The Times.

They are multi-skilled professionals, who practise the new journalism: ethical, digital and critical.

Our teaching staff includes professionals with a huge range of experience, from local newspapers to Fleet Street, radio and network television. You will also be taught by leading academics, experts on journalistic ethics and law.

Very few universities can offer such a strong all-round package. We'll teach you all the practical skills you need. And you'll learn the discipline it takes to write rigorous, responsible journalism.

About the course

This dynamic mix of academic and practical study gives you theoretical insight and hands-on experience.

Through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises, the course explores a range of issues related to the media and its relationship with political and public institutions in regional, national and international contexts.

You'll gain hands-on experience of the communication of politics and an insight into the workings of political journalism. This course is great grounding for a career in public relations, political organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies.

On a three-day field trip to London, you'll visit national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

Our guest lecturers come from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes.

Core modules

  • Political Communication: journalism and democracy
  • Global Issues in Political Communication
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Writing for the Media
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Global Journalism
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Censorship and the Media
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • The Media in Europe and its Neighbouring States
  • News and Civil Society
  • Journalism Politics and Public Debate
  • Journalism in Britain


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Research exercises


  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

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Journalism student

I enjoy the freedom of going out and finding my own stories to develop. There's nothing better than having a free licence to go and search for a weird and wonderful piece to publish.

Jay Allan, postgraduate student in the Department of Journalism Studies

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree, but we will consider mature students with relevant professional experience.

Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word processing skills are desirable.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening and 6.0 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

About us

Our teaching staff are professionals who have worked at the highest level in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism. This is a great place to learn practical skills. Three quarters of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, is part of all our courses.

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. Broadcast editors run radio and television newsdays, and print and online production editors bring their expertise to newspaper, web and magazine exercises.


The course is excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in the communications industry.

Recent graduates work for Bell-Pottinger PR, the Internet Watch Foundation, parliament, the Office of Fair Trading, Sing Tao Daily, the Oriental Morning Post (US correspondent) and the National Network of Refugees (Mexico).

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2500