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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 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 five core courses and one optional course. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a specialist member of staff.

Core courses

  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions and communication
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • China's international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Environmental problems in China
  • European Union in international politics and development
  • Generalised linear models
  • Global security: Theories and concepts
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • International organisations
  • International relations and development
  • International relations research
  • International relations theory
  • International security and strategic thought
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Media, security and war
  • Researching audiences and the media.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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.

More Information on this Programme


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

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