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Political Communication MSc

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Subject area

Politics and International Relations

Mode of study

1 year full-time



UK £12,650

International £21,260

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Taught by leading academics in the fields of politics, media and communication, in the Political Communication MSc, you will study communication strategies of political actors whilst acquiring practical skills for designing political campaigns, crafting communication strategies, identifying fake news, and writing news and features.

Interdisciplinary curriculum and international coverage: Communication has always been integral to politics and politics to communication but the interplay between them is changing dramatically in the social media age. New forms of politics emerge in spaces as far afield as the Arab Spring, Trump’s America, Brexit Britain. Modi’s India and Post-Covid China. Such developments challenge at a global and national level the taken-for-granted assumptions about what is political and how we communicate it. In the Political Communication MSc, you will learn how politicians, journalists and activists utilise verbal/written rhetorics, visuals, symbols or symbolic acts to communicate the current political developments. The academic component of the degree aims to critically examine current developments but also locates them historically and within an internationalised curriculum.

Wide range of career options: The degree will also prepare you to design and pitch your own communication campaigns and work in areas as diverse as political campaigning, broadcasting, social media, public relations and crisis communication, public affairs, marketing, political satire, and 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.

Academic and practical training: You will also have the opportunity to take practical modules where you will learn how to write news or acquiring technical competencies to analyse deep-fakes in an age where facial recognition, AI, deep fakes and micro-behavioural targeting are creating new possibilities and challenges. Theory-practical modules, on the other hand, offer the potential to upskill you in different types of writing, analysing skills and presentational elements. 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, strategic communication, political satire, digitally supported social movements and fake news.

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Course content

You will learn the theoretical roots underpinning political communication at a national and international level, and learn about the different forms of political communication;

  • Traditional forms i.e. election campaigns, propaganda and PR, as well as what methods are used, how to analyse the effectiveness of a campaign and the importance of context to drawing up a communication strategy
  • How different cultural forms including political satire, blogs and memes create and disrupt politics

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.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

The degree upskills those taking it with a range of critical, technical and communicative skills in demand with

  • campaigning organisations (e.g. NGOs and advocacy, protest groups and movements, parties and members of parliament) looking for people who can strategise and shape content for clearly targeted audiences
  • cultural industries keen to recruit graduates able to produce traditional or digital forms content in political satire, PR or marketing
  • businesses, news outlets or communication organisations that need people training in analysing images, videos and audio content for manipulation
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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in any Social Science, Arts and Humanities or Business related subjects

    Other subjects and qualifications with relevant industry experience including journalism, politics and political public relations are considered on a case-by-case basis

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

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 and funding

2024/25 entry


£12,650 full-time

£6,325 part-time


£21,260 full-time

£10,630 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

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How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

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.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.