MA Political Communications
This course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes including the increasing importance of “spin doctors,” image-based politics, the 24-hour news cycle, the opportunities of Web 2.0, and the globalisation of media are shaping politics. It looks at the influence of actors in the political communications process, including politicians, journalists and citizens by drawing on cutting edge research and case studies.
Although primarily an academic course, the MA also offers opportunities to acquire some professional skills through practical workshops in Semester 1.
Who should apply?
- Anyone interested in an advanced academic study of political communications.
- Anyone interested in a career in political communications.
- Anyone looking to undertake PhD research in political communications.
- Those working in political communications, political parties, government agencies and bodies, statutory and voluntary organisations and the mass media.
Principle Aims of the Course
The overall aim is to allow students to deepen their understanding of political communications in national and international contexts and, where relevant, their skills in this field. More specific aims include:
- Exploring the political content of the mass media;
- Deepen students’ academic and practical understanding of the actors and agencies involved in the production of political news and information;
- Examine the impact of media coverage of politics on audiences;
- Explore the interaction between media systems and political systems including government media policy, censorship, regulation and ownership;
- Equip students with the research and study skills necessary to carry out project-based professional and academic research;
- Enhance students’ academic skills and knowledge in preparation for further academic study.
- Develop basic skills in political communications practice.
Students taking this course will increase their ability to undertake rigorous analytical work, be capable of producing well researched essays, assignments and dissertations to deadline, and will have refined and improved their practical political communications skills.
"It's a really nice city to live in and the university is a good one. Most of all though, the teaching staff are very helpful. I have really enjoyed being a student here and have felt like I have been given chances to develop my skills and knowledge."
Emma Nilsson- Political Communications, 2008/09
"I chose to continue my studies at Cardiff due to its international reputation. The MA course was flexible and offered a range of modules which ensured I could pursue and deepen my own personal areas of interest. The course has provided me with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the political content of the mass media and the effect this has on audiences."
Kerry Stinson – Political Communications, 2007/08
Further course information
For further information regarding course content please contact the Course Director and for general enquiries contact the MA Administrative Assistant.