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.

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

About the course

2018 start

Course description

What interests and agendas lie behind controversies such as ‘post-truth’ politics and ‘fake news’? Has the new digital media environment transformed the possibilities for political mobilisation? This degree offers students an advanced understanding of cutting-edge debates concerning media, power and democracy both nationally and internationally.

Rooted in our ground-breaking academic research, and offering practical, hands-on experience of political communication, this masters programme offers a route into PhD study and a solid foundation for careers in lobbying, journalism, public relations and more.

Journalism postgraduate in studio

Core modules

  • Censorship and the Media
  • Journalism and Democracy
  • Research Methods
  • Media, Politics and Publics
  • Dissertation or work-based dissertation (extends over summer period)

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • Writing for the Media
  • The Principle of Publicity (I)
  • Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • Journalism and Britain
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy

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

Entry requirements

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

  • a good 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 each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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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.