Political Communication (Taught)
The MA Political Communication will deepen your understanding of political communication in national and international contexts and, where relevant, your skills in this field.
- Explore the political content of the mass media
- Deepen academic and practical understanding of the actors and agencies involved in the production of political news and information
- Examine the impact of media coverage of politics on audiences
- Explore the interaction between media systems and political systems including government media policy, censorship, regulation and ownership
- Be equipped with the research and study skills necessary to carry out project-based professional and academic research
- Enhance academic skills and knowledge in preparation for further academic study
- Develop basic skills in political communications practice
The course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes such as the increasing importance of new online and social media platforms, image-based politics, and the globalisation of media are shaping politics.
MA Political Communication looks at the influence of actors in the political communications process, including politicians, journalists and citizens by drawing on cutting edge research and case studies.
This course is suitable for those interested in an advanced academic study of political communication or a career in political communication, as well as those already working in political communication, political parties, government agencies and bodies, statutory and voluntary organisations and the mass media.
It is also suitable for people looking to undertake PhD research in political communication.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
Applicants will need to complete an online applications form which will then be considered by an admissions tutor.
Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS score of at least 7.0 (to include 6.0 in each sub-score), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (to include 4.0 in each sub-score) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course.
You will be asked to provide references in support of their application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.
Applications are considered throughout the year.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
- Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,450
- Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £17,450
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will develop a range of skills in political communication, useful both for the academic study of the discipline but also more generic ‘employability skills.’
Drawing on written and oral communication skills, the program will require you to demonstrate an application of the concepts and terminology used in political communication scholarship to identify, evaluate and interpret issues related to both the theory and practice of the discipline.
In doing so, the skills you will practise and develop will involve:
- presenting ideas clearly and persuasively
- organising and structuring arguments to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of political communication.
The employability skills honed on this program can be transferred to practise and develop political communication in a wide range of contexts.
Several graduates have undertaken PhDs in Political Communication.
Graduates of this course are employed in a range of occupations, such as campaign and press officers, researchers for political parties and institutions, business management leaders, political consultants, international conference and seminar coordinators and PR officers.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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