University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Political Communication

This interdisciplinary programme applies ideas from a range of approaches to give you an insight into the context and production of political journalism and communication. Core modules will introduce you to political communication in established and emerging democracies worldwide, exploring the ethics and power dynamics at play. You will ask questions around media freedom, the responsibilities of journalists, 'spin doctors', the impact of emerging technologies and whether elections really are decided on TV. You will also tailor the programme to suit your personal and career interests, choosing from optional modules on topics such as digital media, public relations and the role of the media in democratisation. Supported by our Media Industries Research Centre, leading researchers and experienced practitioners, you'll be well equipped for a career in this challenging field.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, in a social science discipline or any other relevant subject. An IELTS score 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any skill area.

Course modules

Core modules: Innovations in political communication; politics and the media; dissertation and research methods. Optional modules include: Public relations, culture and society; the cultural history of promotional communication; new media cultures; identity, culture and technology; critical studies in visual communication; work placement; feminism, identity and media; the media and democratisation (global perspectives); communication and public opinion; communication and development; cultures of contemporary photography

Assessment methods

Assessments also take different forms so you can develop diverse skills. These are likely to include essays and exams as well as group presentations, projects and reports, as well as campaign analyses and case studies.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of Media and Communication
Telephone number: 
0113 343 4192