The MA Political Communication is taught across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June. In the first semester, students take three core modules: Introduction to Political communication, Putting Research Into Practice I and Politics of Global Communications.
In the second semester, there are three core modules: 'Putting Research Into Practice II', 'Mediatised Conflict: The Politics of Conflict Reporting' and 'Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion and the Media', with the choice of one optional module from a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. Students are then required to submit a dissertation of between 15 and 20,000 words by the end of August.
The dissertation may involve a 15 - 20,000 word scholarly study of a topic in political communication. Students will also develop their research skills through the two core modules, Putting Research into Practice I and II, and through regular meetings with their dissertation supervisor.
Students are required to produce written work, essays, assignments and a dissertation, throughout the academic year. These pieces of work will relate to the modules taken by students in their year of study. All coursework is marked and graded by a system of continuous assessment.
This course is taught by senior figures with high level experience of political communications and who have unrivalled knowledge of and involvement in the latest research and literature on this wide-ranging subject. Full-time staff are supplemented by a very strong supporting cast of visiting experts from politics, the media and government. Staff will bring both academic and practitioner skills to the teaching of the degree providing both an in-depth academic study of the issues surrounding political communications and in imparting the practical skills and techniques required by the political communicator.