Politics and International Relations
1 year full-time
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Communication has always been integral to politics and politics to communication but the interplay between them is changing dramatically in the social media age and as new forms of politics emerge in spaces as far afield as Trump’s America, Brexit Britain or Modi’s India. Such developments challenge at a global and national level the taken-for-granted assumptions about what is political and how we communicate it. The Political Communication MSc aims to tap into growing interest nationally and internationally in how to make sense of these developments and what they may mean for political communication professionals working in areas as diverse as election campaigns, PR and crisis communication, political satire, or journalism.
The new interdisciplinary degree is unique in offering a strong practical strand of modules that aim to upskill you within a theoretically robust degree. The academic component of the degree aims to critically examine current developments but also locates them historically and within an internationalised curriculum. You will have the opportunity to take practical modules or theory-practical offering the potential to upskill in different types of writing, technical competencies and presentational elements on practical modules.
The academic component is grounded in a flagship module in political communication which locates current developments historically, theoretically and critically as well as nationally and internationally. You will not only study conventional political communication topics on elections, but also learn about digital cultures, political satire and fake news. Crucially, in an age where facial recognition, AI, deep fakes and micro-behavioural targeting are creating new possibilities and challenges, you will also study international media ethics.
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You will learn the theoretical roots underpinning political communication at a national and international level, and learn about the different forms of political communication;
You will also learn about seismic changes in the communication landscape and the new ethical issues arising from bots, AI and facial recognition technologies, and deep fakes.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
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The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
The degree upskills those taking it with a range of critical, technical and communicative skills in demand with
A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Humanities, Social Sciences and Business related subject.
Other subjects and qualifications with relevant industry experience including journalism, politics and political public relations.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.
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Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
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The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, one-to-one tutorials and engagement with the Virtual Learning environment. It also draws on a range of teaching and strategies including:
Assessments are combination of individual or group written assignments, presentations and exams and which vary between modules. You will also be required to submit a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.
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