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MA

International Public and Political Communication

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ‘fake news’, media ethics and globalisation, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists, communications experts and media researchers.
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Course description

Messages and viewpoints are all around us at all times. Political parties, institutions, pressure groups, charities and NGOs shape messages to influence public opinion and policymakers. Join us on this 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 the intersection of the media and public and political communication internationally. That’s why this degree offers a route into PhD study as well as a solid foundation for careers in lobbying, journalism, public relations and more.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Research Methods
  • Comparative Perspectives of Public and Political Communication
  • Introduction to Political Communication
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Public and Political Campaigning
  • Communicating With The Media
  • Political Communication in Times of War, Crisis and Terrorism

Dissertation

Your dissertation is undertaken in semester 2. You can choose between a traditional-style project and a work-based dissertation.

Teaching

We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises.

Assessment

You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

Anyone who studies in Sheffield will be assured of the following: the best student experience in the UK; resourceful tutors; workshops and seminars to give you practical experiences; being fully equipped for the job market; a network of friends from all over the world; and the satisfaction of having a very useful degree. Plus, Sheffield is a lovely, calm city with lots of get-away destinations that gives me the best study environment.

Laila Abubakari
MA International Political Communication

Entry requirements

To take one of our MA courses you must have one of the following:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential).
  • An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent.
  • Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of bursaries for students on the journalism, magazine and broadcast courses, from the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund and others.

Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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Contact

journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2500

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