Manchester Metropolitan University

International Relations and Global Communications

We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news coverage, access to the internet and the use of social media have become the norm for millions of people. Global events are instantly reported by the news media, analysed and interpreted by them and millions of ordinary citizens. These developments challenge the traditionally secretive practices of international diplomacy and the ability of governments to control information whilst also creating powerful new tools for propaganda; they enhance the importance of cultural or 'soft' power in international relations and they have also transformed the nature of warfare. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary placement as part of this course. This will be with a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and we will help you to arrange this. This course is run by the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy in conjunction with the Department of Information and Communication.

Course modules

Modules includes: Current issues in media and communication; International relations and global communications dissertation; International relations theory; Social science research methods. Optional units: Contemporary us foreign policy; Critical discourse analysis; Digital living; Disasters and emergency planning; Globalisation: media, culture and consumption; Intercultural communication; Online journalism; the EU in turmoil; the Policymaking process and comparative public policy.

Assessment methods

Assessment across the programme takes a wide variety of forms including oral presentations, policy papers and reports, group projects, essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years

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Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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