On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Social Theory & Political Communication: A contextual grounding for political communication in social, communication and media theory. There will be discussions about globalisation, neoliberalism and democratic theory, considering issues of power, gender, economics, social equality and the environment. You'll also discuss the role of communication within and between societies, the role of mass (online and offline), alternative and ‘new’ media, and new forms of social, corporate and political communication in online and digital environments.
- Political Psychology & Sociology: A foundation for understanding the psychology of leaders and citizens, where you'll debate the understanding of humans as rational and emotional beings and contextualise this in political behaviour. You'll discuss socialisation and the links between psychology and sociology, the interrelation between individuals and political structures and institutions, political ideas and how the conditions for political participation develop. These are loosely defined from voting through to political consumerism.
- Political Journalism: Debates around the role of journalism and media with practical studies of journalism, mass media effects and citizen journalism. Alongside understanding the nature of political journalism, you'll be introduced to its forms and practices to develop your skills-base for underpinning your vocational aspirations.
- Political Marketing & Campaigning: Analysis of the marketisation of political discourse and permanent campaigning, exploring the behaviour and communication of political parties, governments, not-for-profit organisations, lobby groups and guerrilla activists.
- Diplomacy & International Relations: The contexts, processes and psychology underpinning interactions between nations and the relationships they have with supranational bodies. The unit will draw on historical perspectives of international relations, theoretical models of power distribution and political economy perspectives for a rich understanding of how the world functions and malfunctions.
- Research Imagination: Drawing on your research knowledge and experience from undergraduate level, this unit challenges your understanding of academic research and applied research in the communications industries. You'll be exposed to cutting-edge research practices and introduced to the opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using industry data collection and analysis techniques.
- Final Project: You'll write an academic dissertation of 15,000 words. This unit will end with a student showcase where you'll present your work to peers and academic colleagues.
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Download the programme specification for MA International Political Communication.
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Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Media and Communication, Politics, Public Relations, Journalism, Sociology and Social Policy.
- The course is also aimed at practitioners seeking to further develop their critical skills in order to advance in a career related to political communication including special advisors with a particular focus on international field, NGOs and so on.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the AskBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our study postgraduate entry requirements page.
Students who graduate from this course will:
- Be equipped with the critical and analytical skills to pursue research within the field of political communication and related disciplines
- Possess appropriate academic and professional transferable skills
- Be well-versed in a number of pervasive issues that shape and set the parameters for contemporary international political communications scholarship and practice.
Industries worked in*
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the political communication sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Described by one BBC journalist as 'a man who watches Westminster', Dr Lilleker is a lecturer and researcher in political communication with particular interests in political party and candidate communication and the link to citizen and voter engagement.
Currently leading or contributing to units covering political communication, communication theory and reception theory with options offered across the final year of the CMC framework.
In addition, Dr Lilleker is Director of the Centre for Public Communication Research and Head of Research within the CMC academic group; Chair of the PSA Political Marketing Specialist Group; Panel Convenor for Political Communication for the ECPR and a member of ECREA.