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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Political Communication (Part-Time)

Programme code:MA-COMM/PC-PUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Katy Parry Contact address:k.parry@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

High quality first degree - BA Honours degree, Upper Second or equivalent - in a social science subject and/or professional experience in a related field.

An IELTS Band Score of 6.5, with 7.0 preferred and with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or
Internet Based TOEFL 94 overall (with not less than 21 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)

Applicants with an IELTS score of 6.0 may be eligible for entry provided they successfully complete the University’s InterComm Pre-sessional English Language course.
Information about the course can be found on the Language Centre pages of the University website.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Programme specification:

The MA in Political Communication is a unique programme that provides theoretical and applied knowledge in the key areas of political communication. Particular attention is paid to the theory and practice of political marketing alongside studies of public opinion, international communications and political journalism.

The programme pursues an interdisciplinary and comparative approach including not only the experience of established democracies like Britain, Western Europe and the US, but also the particular problems of political communication in emerging democracies and the developing world.

The MA in Political Communication provides cutting-edge competences for a career in political public relations, political journalism and related fields. It is also an ideal foundation course for students who want to pursue an academic career in political communication and related subjects.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5601MInnovations in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5610MPolitics and the Media30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 - 60 credits from the following optional modules in either year 1 or year 2:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5690MMultimedia Journalism30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5790MIdentity, Culture and Technology30 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of Discovery modules in either year 1 or year 2 but not both.

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of Discovery Modules.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 - 60 credits from the following optional modules in either year 1 or year 2:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5690MMultimedia Journalism30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5790MIdentity, Culture and Technology30 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may not choose the same optional modules in year 2 that they studied in year 1.

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of Discovery Modules.

Last updated: 15/09/2017

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