M.Sc. Political Communication (MSc/PgDip)

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15250 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP6950 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
On this Political Communication (MSc/PgDip) programme at University of Glasgow you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.


Why this programme
  • This programme is designed for those who want to pursue a career in political communication, offering you a range of theoretical insights and analytical tools and skills that will be beneficial for a broad range of careers.
  • You will engage in discussions about the role of mass media and new media in society, the ways in which politicians and citizens use media, and the quality of public deliberation.
  • You will also explore themes such as the effects of media and communications on public opinion and public policy, the ways in which political parties communicate their messages, and how digital media shapes politics.
  • You will engage with a range of perspectives from political science and communications especially, but also psychology, sociology, computing science and big data analytics, and economics.
  • Our programme is unique in Scotland and one of few political communication programmes based in a Politics department in the UK, rather than in communications or media studies.
  • We have a diverse and vibrant student body with students from all over the world. You will share courses with students from other programmes in the school, which enriches the liveliness and breadth of experience for all. Like our students, research staff come from many different places.
The Political Communication (MSc/PgDip) course is offered by University of Glasgow.
Career prospects
Our graduates have found opportunities across the globe, for example working with political parties, campaigns, charities, NGOs, civil service, journalism, business, academia, public relations, public affairs, national or local politics, and more. They are working in careers in Scotland, the UK, and beyond. This programme also helps prepare you to go on to PhD work in the field.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP15250 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP6950 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part time 20 credits: £806

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

You will take three core courses and three optional courses, and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the personal supervision of a staff member with related expertise.

Core courses
  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions and communication
  • Qualitative methods for social scientists OR Social science statistics 1.
Optional courses
  • Challenges in international politics
  • China's international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Comparative European politics
  • Comparative public opinion
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • European Union in international politics and development
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Institutions and policies of the European Union
  • International relations theory
  • International security and global politics
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
  • Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
  • Media, security and war
  • Researching audiences and the media.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
176(Grade B2)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:
  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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