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Political Communication - MSc/PGDip

University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September PgDip, MSc 9-12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

About the course

On this programme you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.

Why this programme

  • This programme is designed for those who want to pursue a career in political communication, offering you a range of theoretical insights and analytical tools and skills that will be beneficial for a broad range of careers.
  • You will engage in discussions about the role of mass media and new media in society, the ways in which politicians and citizens use media, and the quality of public deliberation.
  • You will also explore themes such as the effects of media and communications on public

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Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but you should submit a statement indicating why you are interested in changing fields or the connection to your previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

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Student Profile(s)

Elizabeth McLaughlin

I chose the MSc in Political Communication for two reasons. Firstly, Glasgow University has a fantastic reputation for teaching excellence and there is a lot of prestige attached to a degree from the ancient institution and secondly having spent 22 years as a working journalist (with a keen interest in politics) I felt the course would excite, inform and serve me well in an area I have spent most of my working life.

The course was intense, taxing but extremely enjoyable and the modules I studied were well taught, interesting and helped to further my knowledge of political communication as well as the world of academic research. The teaching staff were supportive – critical at times too – but always positive and although the dissertation was challenging and exhausting there was always words of encouragement and the feeling of satisfaction when I had finished it, is one I will never forget.

As for the future? I have started work on a PhD, which I would never have considered if it hadn’t been for the positive experiences at Glasgow University and the encouragement from Sarah and Ana and hopefully a full time academic career beckons in the not-to-distant future.

Fillipo Trevisan

As a graduate in International Relations and Diplomacy, I particularly appreciated the comparative aspect of the course - comparisons between different democratic systems were particularly stimulating. Lecturers here are of the highest level, and critical thinking, discussion and feedback are constantly encouraged. All my expectations were matched and this is one of the reasons that recently prompted me to apply for a PhD on media and politics. Finally, being the UK's second media centre after London, Glasgow is a great place to study political communication and have the concrete opportunity to test what you are leaning.


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