Interested in a career in public campaigning, political communication, government or media? Or looking towards researching these topics at PhD level? International Public and Political Communication is a fascinating degree combining rigorous academic content with vital practical skills.
As places on this course are in high demand, we will give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.
International Public and Political Communication MA
Messages and viewpoints are all around us, in public spaces, at all times. Political parties, public and governmental institutions, pressure groups, charities and NGOs shape messages in particular ways, advocating viewpoints and constructing campaigns to influence public opinion, specific audiences and policymakers. Our MA in International Public and Political Communication (IPPC) teaches you to be an expert in both the analysis and development of such messages.
Join us on the degree and you'll learn about media relations, political marketing and the scope and significance of political communication. You'll develop skills in communicating with the media (including media training) and using different media outlets to promote ideas through advocacy and lobbying. Our teaching offers a deep and critical understanding of key debates around intersection of the media and public and political communication internationally.
The IPPC course combines a rigorous academic foundation with strong practical content. Taught by both research-active staff and practitioners who are proven experts in their field, our students analyse public and political communication activities both internationally and historically – and then put their findings to practical use, developing their own political and public communication campaigns or marketing tools.
After completing the course you'll be a media and communication expert who can analyse, manage and design campaigns, market and communicate ideas, and undertake effective media relations and lobbying. If you're looking for a career in national or local government, international agencies, NGOs, trade unions, political parties, charities, media organisations and lobbying, it's ideal preparation. The degree also offers a route into further academic study.
"In today's politically charged climate it is helpful to know what is going on and this course helps you do that. Aside from helping us make sense of the world, this degree also makes you aware of different political systems from around the world. It is not just focused on western democratic countries but regimes from all over the world. Debate is encouraged, especially in the seminars – we are asked to always question what is being said."
Our campus and how we use it
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.
The course comprises eight core modules, including a dissertation.
The course leaders on International Public and Political Communication MA are Dr Jared Ahmad and Bill Carmichael (pictured).
Jared joined the department in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication, after teaching politics, international relations, media studies and political communication at the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool.
Jared's primary research interests are situated at the intersection between cultural studies, poststructuralist theory and political communication, and focus on the changing nature of contemporary media discourses and representations of terrorism. See his full profile for more details.
Bill Carmichael has been with the Department of Journalism Studies since 2005, joining us to lead on the teaching of web journalism to postgraduate students. In an 11-year stint as news editor of the Yorkshire Post, he played a key role in the switch to digital. He worked as a reporter and editor with various newspapers and continues to write for the Yorkshire Post. Read Bill's profile in full for more information.
The International Public and Political Communication masters provides a solid grounding for those wishing to pursue research at PhD level and careers in political or public communications, marketing, lobbying, public relations, political campaigning, NGO work with development and advocacy – and, of course, journalism.
Recent graduates are working in media and public organisations across Europe and Asia in particular. Roles include media relations analyst, lecturer, journalist, website and media manager, and political reporter. Employers include the European Commission and European Parliament, South China Morning Post, the Pakistan government, the Tokyo Foundation and University of Sulaimani.
Our most recent survey data from International Public and Political Communication MA graduates shows:
See what Sheffield's postgraduate journalism alumni say in our career case studies section.
"Sheffield has been vital in developing my career in Shanghai... The extensive communication skills and a dynamic analytical mind acquired at Sheffield University helped me find a job in this intense competitive job market"
To apply for International Public and Political Communication MA you'll need one of the following:
If English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught in English, you'll need to demonstrate your aptitude in the language. Our requirement is for an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or the equivalent scores in another qualification.
If you have not yet obtained an English language qualification, you can still apply. We may give you a conditional offer based on you obtaining the English qualification later. You can do this by taking a course at the University's English Language Teaching Centre.
Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.
Ready to apply?
Use the University's online application form to apply for your place.
There are no specific deadlines for receipt of applications, but we recommend you apply early as courses fill up quickly.
The online application form allows you to upload files. Please use this to send us information such as course transcripts, language certificates (if your first language is not English) or references. If you do not include these initially, we will ask you to do so later, which may delay the processing of your application.
Starting with applications for the 2020-21 academic year, applications for this degree will be assessed using the University's staged admissions process. This involves a series of application and decision deadlines through the year.
In some cases, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we may need more time to assess your application. If this is the case, we will assess your application in the next stage. We will let you know if we intend to do this.
Study places are offered subject to availability. Given the popularity of these courses, places may not be available if you apply later in the cycle.
If we offer you a place, we will ask you to accept the offer and pay a tuition fee deposit (relevant International students only). If you do not accept the offer and pay the deposit within four weeks of the date of the offer letter, we may withdraw our offer.
|Fees and funding||
Use the University's postgraduate fees calculator to find the current tuition fee for this course.
Postgraduate student loans are available for UK and EU students to a current value of £10,280.
Several scholarship funding awards are also available to MA International Public and Political Communication students. These include the following.
Please see the Department of Journalism Studies' taught postgraduate funding page for more general details on the above, including an overview of deadlines.
Other sources of funding may be available – please see the University's postgraduate funding pages to investigate.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. This is in response to discoveries made through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. We update these web pages to reflect any changes to course content as soon as we can. If any information conflicts between these web pages and a printed brochure or prospectus, please take the information here as correct. Sometimes changes may need to be made to modules, courses, entry requirements and fees between your application and the start of your course. When these are significant in nature, we'll let you know as quickly as we can. All modules other than core modules are subject to limits on their availability, which include (but may not be limited to) class sizes and timetabling constraints.
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