M.A. Political Communications MA

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This dynamic programme takes advantage of the rich set of teaching, research and practical resources available to the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths. Teaching draws on the professional and research expertise of the department´s core staff. Research arouses global interest with 80% of theory staff producing research classified as `world leading´ or `recognised internationally´. Currently, all core teaching staff are active participants of the . The department also employs several practising journalists, media producers, campaigners and promotional experts. This gives some option modules a vocational, applied dimension as well as drawing several outside speakers each year from the worlds of news, politics and campaigning. Whilst the programme is broadly conceptual in focus, outside guest speakers from the field, case studies, research methods training and research projects will form an integral part of the learning experience. There is also one practical Campaign Skills option taught by campaign professionals.

Goldsmiths´ London location means that students remain in close proximity to a range of national and international political institutions, interest groups and news media centres. The MA also attracts a stimulating combination of recent graduates and experienced professionals, as well as a mix of UK and international students from across Continental Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.


Students select modules primarily from this department and the Department of Politics but may also select options from the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and the Centre for Cultural Studies. The core course and choice of options therefore allows you to develop a wide-ranging understanding of political communications that brings together work in political science, media sociology, journalism, political sociology and cultural theory. This enables graduates to emerge with a broad understanding of the subject, one that moves from the local to the national and transnational levels, from the perspective of political parties and government institutions to smaller interest groups and social movements, from traditional mass media to digital and alternative communication, and from the formal to the informal, popular and cultural.

The programme´s core curriculum will address a range of contemporary issues, debates and theory in political communications, including work on: comparative media systems; theories of communications and democratisation; global media, international governance and transnational communications; digital media and online politics; media sociology and news production; political parties, party ideologies and party-member dynamics; public relations, political marketing and spin; government communication systems and media management; media audiences, effects and agenda-setting; public opinion and public sphere debates; interest groups, social movements and alternative media; advocacy, civil society and public affairs; new technologies and the information society; the policy process and government decision-making; politics and culture; social theories of power, culture and communications. Theory is usually applied to a number of case study areas on, for example: conflict and war; elections; social and environmental debates; foreign affairs; the economy, finance and business; crime and disorder.


You should have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject. If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

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