This ESRC-recognised research-training programme in Political Communication gives you a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of political communication.
• MRes: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• 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.
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.
• Media and democracy
• Political institutions and communication
• Qualitative research methods
• Social science statistics 1.
• Challenges in international politics
• China's international politics
• Comparative public opinion
• EU in international politics and development
• Human rights and global politics
• Humanitarian intevention
• 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 jounralism: Criticism and theory.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences.
Background and Aims
The MRes in Political Communication is a programme designed to meet the needs of aspiring political communication academics, and it will also be attractive to applicants who wish to gain a research-based qualification at Masters level.
The programme examines key subjects on political communication, empirically and theoretically, while also providing training in social science research methodology to fulfill the postgraduate research training requirements for doing a PhD, including those of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Therefore, it serves as excellent preparation for doctoral work, and is eligible for the ESRC 1+3 scheme.
In addition to the academic curriculum, the Political Communication Seminar enables students to discuss key issues in the field with top practitioners. In recent years, guest speakers have included Andrew Baird (Head of News for the Scottish Government), Peter Barron (Google’s Director of Communications for the UK, Ireland and the Benelux countries), Joe Benenson (lead pollster and Senior Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign), Dorothy Byrne (Channel 4 Head of News and Current Affairs), Steven Lawther (former Head of Communications for the Scottish Labour Party), David Muir (Glasgow almunai and former Director of Political Strategy for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown), Joe Rospars (Barak Obama's principal digital strategist for both presidential campaignsand) and Kirsty Wark (highly-regarded BBC presenter).
The student body has a very cosmopolitan character with a mix of students from all over the world including the UK, Germany, Spain, Finalnd, Norway, the US, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, China and Malaysia. You will also share classes with students from other programmes. This adds to the liveliness and breadth of experience in classes and it enriches the student experience for all.
Our students benefit from being taught by staff from one of the UK's leading institutions for political studies. Our instructors include, among others, Dr Ana Langer and Professor Andrew Hoskins. Dr Langer focuses on the relationship between media and politics, and on how this affects the conduct and nature of the democratic process. Prof Hoskins focuses on the theoretical and empirical investigation of today’s ‘new media ecology’ and the nature of/challenges for security as well as individual, social and cultural memory in this environment.
We actively promote small-group student-centred teaching and we guarantee individual dissertation supervision. Our students benefit from intensive teaching by political scientists with strong publishing profiles and international reputations in their areas of expertise.
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.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.