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Interrogate the status quo with leading academics who don’t just talk and write about politics, but actively campaign to create change in the world
All around us governments are in crisis, protests are on the increase, dissent and mobilisation is widespread and relayed across the world instantaneously on a screen. Communication is at the very heart of the structures, institutions and actors that give meaning to politics in governments, in parties and on the street.
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How do we live our politics on a daily basis? Who holds the power to influence political decisions that structure our lives? How might democracy be done better? What is the relationship between politics, the individual, institutions and the media? These are the kinds of questions we’re asking on this
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
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Founded in 1891, and part of the renowned University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths has a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. With world-leading research and high-quality teaching, a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths will empower you to change the world around you.Read more
The Political Communications programme at Goldsmiths has provided me with the holistic experience I was looking for in a taught Master’s curriculum. The professors are always accessible for support and guidance, and the taught courses are interactive and dynamic, with student perspectives from around the globe.
Prior to attending Goldsmiths I worked for an NGO based in New York City that works to train and advance women leaders into and throughout politics. Now, in London, I’m able to combine my professional experience with the academic skill set I’m acquiring while working for a public affairs consultancy in Westminster.
I chose Goldsmiths because of their outstanding reputation for delivering a creative learning experience.
Applying for the MA in Political Communications at Goldsmiths was a straightforward decision. Enrolling in the programme, I was convinced, would take my career to the next level. And it certainly did. Not only by helping me get my dream job, but also by incubating the critical, open-minded, internationally-inspired principles that stimulate my daily work.
As a Spanish youngster having to start my career in the midst of an economic crisis, I had concerns and fears about the future. But Goldsmiths is a place where the only limits are self-imposed. The campus, an ever-inspiring and arty place, empowers students to create, think and grow their own ideas.
The Media department, in particular, is home to a determined and proactive group of academics from whom I learned how communication (old and new media) shapes the world today. They also passed on to me that political communications should be intrinsically linked to a professional commitment to inform and warn the public about ongoing injustices and inequalities.
I met my current boss while researching my MA dissertation. Doing political communications at the EU level is a fascinating challenge for a new graduate, and I felt, from the very first day, motivated and well prepared for the task ahead.
Over the last 4 years in Brussels I have worked to maximise my MEP's public projection, gain media coverage and further her influence and reputation. To do so, I have designed and implemented creative campaigns and public actions which have been recognised by many as fresh, innovative and groundbreaking.
I cannot recommend Goldsmiths enough. It will enrich you from both a professional, cultural and civic perspective. The university enables you to critically understand and interact with this ever-changing, media-dominated world.
"Studying at Goldsmiths was a game changer, in a professional and a personal context. Being part of such an international environment and on a course with a bunch of incredible individuals has changed my entire way of thinking. I've become more tolerant, more critical and more self-confident.
I graduated four years ago, but Goldsmiths is still an essential part of my daily life. Coursemates have become close friends – so close that our gang of seven regularly meets somewhere around the globe, having a great time together and inhaling the Goldsmiths spirit. With the current coronavirus crisis turning plans upside down, we're not sure our next reunion in Tuscany is going to happen. This Friday, however, we're meeting on a virtual pub quiz, each one having some pints - so starting the weekend just like back at the Marquis of Granby!
Having gained considerable experience in tech communications and building STATION (a platform for the local startup ecosystem in Frankfurt) after graduating, I am now focusing on my own business: YPS, a PR and content agency specialising in supporting tech businesses with communications services. We are working for start-ups, scale-ups and large tech companies, national and international, helping them to raise awareness in German-speaking markets. My co-founder Mattias and I are currently learning what it's like to run your own business in all its facets - which can be exhausting but mostly is a rewarding experience."
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