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MA Political Communication

This course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes including the increasing importance of “spin doctors,” image-based politics, the 24-hour news cycle, the opportunities of Web 2.0, and the globalisation of media are shaping politics.

MA Political Communication at Cardiff 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.

Although primarily an academic course, Political Communication also offers opportunities to acquire some professional skills through practical workshops in Semester 1. In recent years, students have also enjoyed an away day at the National Assembly for Wales, with a tour of the building and the chance to experience the plenary live in session. Part of this included a talk by the Assembly’s Media, Brand and E-democracy Manager and the opportunity for students to discuss the Assembly’s communication strategy and future challenges.

With the support of the Course Director, Dr Stephen Cushion, students have the opportunity to apply for work placements at relevant political and communication organisations, such as the National Assembly for Wales. Applicants are encouraged to contact the director to discuss the course content specifically.

Graduate Destinations

Graduates of the MA programme 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.

Several graduates have also undertaken PhDs in Political Communication, such as Bo DelpJo Cable and Darren Kelsey. The latter is currently a lecturer at Newcastle UniversityAllaina Kilby is currently a PhD student at JOMEC researching the impact of The Daily Show on young people's political engagement.

Further course information

For further information regarding course content please contact the Course Director, Dr Stephen Cushion. For general admissions enquiries please email

Students should apply for their course using the Online Application Service.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.