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MA in Political Strategy and Communication


Course Description

Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda.

This programme engages you in the practical issues of political delivery. The areas of political communication, political leadership, strategy, crisis management, political branding, and public relations are all the leading vocational aspects of a developed academic understanding of politics and international relations. It is an area of growing importance that distinguishes our graduates as policy-relevant, engaged thinkers in the political arena.

- Extended programme

The extended programme allows students the opportunity to study their subject in greater detail, choosing a wider range of modules, and also provides the opportunity to spend one term at the Canterbury campus. The extended programme is ideal for students who require extra credits, or would like to have more time to pursue an internship.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/59/political-strategy-and-communication

Brussels School of International Studies

The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate School of the University of Kent bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics to provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration and the political economy and legal basis of a changing world order.

We are a truly international School, our students are drawn from over 50 countries. The strong international composition of our staff and student body contributes significantly both to the academic as well as to the social experience at BSIS. The value-added of a location in Brussels is the opportunity to expose students of international issues to the working of major international organisations such as the EU and NATO and the many international and non-governmental organisations based in Brussels. Students have the added opportunity of undertaking an internship with one of these organisations.

Course structure

We are committed to offering flexible study options at the School and enable you to tailor your degree to meet your needs by offering start dates in September and January; full- and part-time study; split-site options, and allowing students to combine two fields of study leading to a degree that reflects both disciplines.

The MA in Political Strategy and Communication allows students to choose secondary areas of specialisation from the range of programmes offered at BSIS (http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/index.html). Thus, a focused programme of study can be constructed by studying Political Strategy and Communication in the context of International Relations; International Conflict and Security; Human Rights Law, and other subject areas we cover.

This leads to the award of an MA degree in, for example, 'Political Strategy and Communication with Human Rights Law'.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

- provide you with a research-active teaching environment which provides a good grounding in the study of social science in general, in political strategy, and in the communication of political positions in particular

- offer you a critical perspective of the interplay between international relations and European politics as they relate to the process of creating a strategy for dealing with political issues, and communicating effectively the issues and positions on the basis of that strategy, in order to influence outcomes at the European and national levels

- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of political strategy in particular

- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to policymaking and policy analysis, the historical development of the contemporary European policy landscape, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field, with particular emphasis on the manner in which policies, positions, perspectives, and attitudes are communicated

- ensure that you acquire the necessary skills for an advanced assessment of contemporary problems in European politics, society, and economy, and their solutions

- develop your general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).

Research areas

Our research interests span a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution, political theory and European politics. The strength of the School’s research culture is reflected in the numerous books and articles published and in the existence of its three core research groups: Conflict, Security and Human Rights; Comparative Politics; and Political and Social Thought. We also host four University-recognised research centres: the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Global Europe Centre (GEC), the Centre for Critical Thought (CCT), and the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS).

All members of staff can supervise theses leading to research degrees. We encourage potential research students to refer to our postgraduate research handbook (pdf) for detailed information (http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/postgraduates/research-programmes/pgrhandbook.pdf).

In 2011, the University successfully applied for ESRC recognition as a provider of doctoral training in political science and international studies (and other areas of the social sciences) as part of a consortium. As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK.

Careers

The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability, Placements and Internships Officer who works with students to develop work-based placements in a range of organisations. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Many students at our Brussels centre who undertake internships are offered contracts in Brussels immediately after graduation. Others have joined their home country’s diplomatic service, entered international organisations, or have chosen to undertake a ‘stage’ at the European Commission, or another EU institution.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MA in Political Strategy and Communication page on the University of Kent, Brussels website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Daniel Trup

2002.jpg Daniel was awarded an LLM in International Law with International Relations with Distinction and is now working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) investigating human rights violations committed whilst Kosovo was under UN administration. Before that he worked in the Special Prosecutors Office at EULEX; the EU Rule of Law Mission.

“Almost certainly. My main focus of my studies was in International Law. As a consequence this assisted me greatly in obtaining my first position as legal officer in the War Crimes unit of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My knowledge gained in the International Criminal Law course enabled me to understand the legal context by which I investigated war crimes, interviewed witnesses and then finally drafted the indictment.”

“My second role as Legal Expert in the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo dealt with Organized and Financial Crime was also assisted by my studies at BSIS. This time because I was able to demonstrate a wider knowledge of International Law within the context of the fight against organised crime.”

“There are a number of reasons why such a school offers an excellent place to develop a sound academic knowledge which can be later used in gaining excellent professional experience:
1.The teaching staff were great. They were excellent lecturers and advisors and certainly provided me with knowledge that guided me in my future employment;
2.The resources available both at the school and in the nearby university proved excellent tools for my studies and my skills in academic research were significantly enhanced by the opportunity it afforded me.
3.The school, being in Brussels, allowed me to interact with many international and regional organizations. Having an understanding of how they worked and in many instances didn't work proved to be immensely rewarding to my career development.”

“Employers often look for candidates that can demonstrate excellent academic credentials together with experience of working in a particular field. No more so than in international employment. Studying in Brussels allows for the chance to obtain work experience in a chosen field and combine this with studying. BSIS provides this opportunity. Not in that it will give you employment just that its excellent academic work and its links to International Organizations through its guest speaker program allows for these connections to be made and opportunities to be forged.”

(Student Profile)

Stephan Nielsen

The philosophy at BSIS is that the School is among the best in the world; and a School is always only ever as good as its students.

These high expectations are supported by academic staff that is always engaging, dynamic, and interesting, and who push students to achieve their maximum potential; yet this is within a friendly atmosphere of trust, support, and encouragement.

Stephan Nielsen, United Kingdom,
MA in International Relations,


(Scholarship)

Brussels School of International Studies - No. of awards TBC

Taught
Successful candidates will be registered at the University of Kent as full time students on taught programmes and will receive payment to cover 50% of their tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.The Scholarships Board is looking for academic excellence as well as academic potential. If it helps, we invite candidates to imagine that they are standing in front of the members of the Scholarships Board and have one chance to tell them about themselves and why they would like to receive a scholarship.Research
Funding for doctoral research scholarships is available for one year in the first instance, extended to a maximum of three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, based on satisfactory progress. Successful candidates will be registered as students on one of the Brussels PhD programmes of the University of Kent and will receive either 100% or 50% tuition fees (see Finance Handbook). All candidates will be subject to an annual review of progress and performance and will be expected to perform at a satisfactory level to ensure renewal of their award. Successful applicants will pursue a thesis topic in an area of research strength of the school. We particularly welcome research proposals in European Public Policy, International Relations, International Conflict and Security, International Political Economy, International and Economic Law, Migration, International Development and Political Strategy and Communication. Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain a relevant Master’s degree at merit or distinction level. These scholarships are open to students of all nationalities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

varies

Eligibility

Each year we offer a number of scholarships to students on the postgraduate taught (MA/LLM) programmes.

Throughout the year we offer a number of scholarships to students reading for a doctorate at the Brussels School of International Studies. We do not normally make a call for applications but instead offer them directly to outstanding candidates.

Application Procedure

Taught
Candidates should send a letter/email to confirming their wish to be considered for a scholarship and explaining why they believe that they should be awarded one. Candidates should ensure that their application number is mentioned on their letter/email and indicate 'scholarships' in the subject title. Only successful recipients will be notified and this will normally take place within one week of the application deadline.

Research
Candidates are invited to make an application to study for a PhD by following the instructions as detailed on this webpage. This application should be followed by a research proposal, CV, covering letter and two academic references.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/fees/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

Graduate School Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University.The Scholarship is awarded to 2016 University of Kent Graduates who earn a Batchelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees

Eligibility

- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent.- This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. - Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.- MArch students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration.

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADGRASCH02


(Scholarship)

The Templeman Scholarship - Single Award

This scholarship covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year and is open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.There is one Templeman Scholarship available each year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year

Eligibility

- Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.- Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.- Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.- Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via your KentVision portal at: https://evision.kent.ac.uk . You will be asked to upload a covering letter '"Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADTEMPLE02



Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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