MA International Political Communication

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ethics and the globalisation of media, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists.

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 Department of Journalism Studies

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Journalism student

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

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Research exercises

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • MA - 1 year full-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months full-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course offers a mix of academic and practical study that will give you theoretical insight and hands-on experience of political communication.

You’ll explore a range of issues related to the media and its relationship with political and public institutions within 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.

Journalism student

Core modules

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

Examples of 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

Teaching and assessment

We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises. You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • MA - 1 year full-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months 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

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

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Any questions?

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

E: journalism@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2500

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.