Political Communications, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)


All around us governments are in crisis, protests are on the increase, dissent and mobilisation is widespread and relayed across the world instantaneously on a screen. Communication is at the very heart of the structures, institutions and actors that give meaning to politics in governments, in parties and on the street.

The questions we ask

How do we live our politics on a daily basis? Who holds the power to influence political decisions that structure our lives? How might democracy be done better? What is the relationship between politics, the individual, institutions and the media? These are the kinds of questions were asking on this programme.

And we take an expansive view, so youll learn about politics and communications not just as a singular discipline, but as a subject thats much more nuanced, moving across everything from governments and parties to NGOs and activists; from economic and environmental policy and conflict representation, to issues of race, gender, social theory and popular culture.

The processes we use

Alongside traditional lectures and seminars we also do workshops and research exercises to reflect on how political communications are part of the rituals and rhythms of our daily lives and how this is influenced by others.

As part of the programme you may also be tasked with designing and pitching your own political campaign. We use these kinds of exercises because we think its only by actively engaging with political communications that we can better understand how it is part of our everyday lives.

The approach we take

Were active not passive so this course isnt just about having our heads in books, its about applying ideas to the real world. Well expect you to be reading the news every day because we want you to engage with whats happening and unravel it.

There are also opportunities to interact with industry experts, get involved in live campaigns and collaborate with people coming from all over the world. We pride ourselves on fostering a supportive environment and offering an open door throughout your time with us. At Goldsmiths the conversations are always just starting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Structures of Contemporary Political Communication
  • Critical Perspectives on Political Communications
  • MA in Political Communications Dissertation and Research Methods
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory
  • Embodiment and Experience
  • Media Geographies
  • Race, Empire and Nation
  • Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures
  • Music as Communication and Creative Practice
  • Political Economy of the Media
  • Promotional Culture
  • The City and Consumer Culture
  • Journalism in Context
  • Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice
  • Campaign Skills: Theory and Practice
  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Geography: Speed, Mobility and Territory

                                  Detailed Programme Facts

                                  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
                                  • Programme intensity

                                    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                    • Duration 12 months
                                    • Average duration 24 months
                                    • Intensity Flexible
                                  • Languages
                                    • English
                                  • Delivery mode
                                    On Campus
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                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

                                  Tuition Fee Per Year

                                  • GBP 15610 International
                                  • GBP 7300 EU/EEA


                                  The Department of Media and Communications often offers fee waivers for this MA.

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