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Political Communication MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Politics Communication Skills

Course type


Course Summary


Modern democracies are increasingly shaped by the relationships between politicians, mass media and citizens. This interdisciplinary course applies ideas from a range of approaches to give you an insight into the context and production of political journalism and communication.

Core modules will introduce you to political communication in established and emerging democracies worldwide, critically exploring the ethics and power dynamics at play. You’ll ask questions around media freedom, the responsibilities of journalists, the impact of emerging technologies and whether elections really are decided on TV.

You can tailor the course to suit your personal and career interests, choosing from optional modules on topics such as digital media, PR and the role of the media in democratisation. Content of the course modules is informed by the research interests and practice of academic staff who teach them.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, group learning and project work, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Independent study is crucial to this degree, as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in lectures and seminars, and to develop your skills in analysis and research. You can anticipate spending at least 20 hours per week on independent study associated with your modules.

You'll be taught by active researchers in the field of communication and media. The research interests and practice of your tutors inform the content of the course.


Assessments also take different forms so you can develop diverse skills. These are likely to include essays and exams as well as group presentations, projects and reports, as well as campaign analyses and case studies.

Career opportunities

This isn’t a practical training course, it will give you an in-depth understanding of the role and importance of political communication – a sector which is constantly growing.

Our graduates have entered a wide range of related careers in political journalism, government communications, communications analysis and advisory roles for political parties. Others have gone on to work for international organisations and pressure groups.

You’ll also be equipped to continue with further research at PhD level and pursue an academic career.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module explores the theoretical foundations of political communication in contemporary societies. It takes a broad comparative approach, analysing the development of political communication both across time and across different contemporary political contexts. Organised around a number of ?keywords? or concepts that are central to understanding the dynamics of political communication, students will examine how emergent media technologies and uncertain political realities bring new opportunities and challenges to various political actors. Is political activity now driven by ?media logic? Does tabloidization undermine democratic values? Are elections now contested on social media?.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social sciences or humanities subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applications based on degrees in other subjects may be considered on an individual basis by the programme leader. If you do not have a background in politics, social sciences or humanities, we may request a personal statement explaining why you should be offered a place on this course.