Interested in a career in public campaigning, political communication, government or media? Or looking towards researching these topics at PhD level? MA International Public and Political Communication is a fascinating degree combining rigorous academic content with vital practical skills.
MA International Public and Political Communication
1 year full time
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.
This degree was previously titled MA International Political Communication
The course comprises seven core modules and a dissertation.
The course leaders on MA International Public and Political Communication for 2018-19 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 MA International Public and Political Communication Journalism 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 MA International Public and Political Communication 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 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.
When you're 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.
|Fees and funding||
Use the University's postgraduate fees calculator to find the current tuition fee for this course. This includes the costs for your field trip to London, which is paid for by the Department of Journalism Studies.
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.