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Course content

This ESRC-recognised research-training programme gives you a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of political communication.

Why this programme

-If you want to work as a researcher, develop academic research skills or embark on a PhD in political communication and related subjects, this programme is designed for you.
-The programme draws on very strong staff expertise in political communication, as well as recognised strength on comparative politics and international relations.
-Through the Political Communication seminars you can benefit from a truly unique opportunity to meet with top practitioners in the profession to informally discuss the practical aspects of political communication as well as career options.
-The programme is an excellent preparation for doctoral work, and is eligible for the ESRC 1+3 scheme.
-Research methods courses are delivered through the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School. They are taught by staff with specialist expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
-The programme covers the same topics as the MSc in Political Communication but has been tailored to provide appropriate training for those who are intending to pursue doctoral studies or research-intensive careers.

Programme structure

You will take 4 core and 2 optional courses. You will also write a dissertation on a political communication topic of your choice, under the guidance of personal supervision by a specialist member of staff.

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project work and case studies.

Core courses
-Media and democracy
-Political institutions and communication
-Qualitative research methods
-Social science statistics 1

Optional courses
-Challenges in international politics
-China's international politics
-Comparative public opinion
-EU in international politics and development
-Human rights and global politics
-Humanitarian intervention
-Institutions and policies of the European Union
-Internet and civil society
-Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
-Media, war and security
-Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in research organisations such as think-tanks; public relations and communications in government agencies, political parties, charities and international organisations; politics and political consultancy; political journalism; media policy makers; and higher education, including doctoral studies.

Visit the Political Communication - MRes page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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