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2020/21 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.


Year1 - 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 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5615MKeywords in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 credits1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5310MMedia, Culture and Globalisation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 credits1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5796MClimate Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5895MDigital Platforms: Critical and Cultural Analysis30 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsNot running in 202021
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsNot running in 202021
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsNot running in 202021

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)


Year2 - 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 Jan to 31 Oct, 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

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

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 credits1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5310MMedia, Culture and Globalisation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 May
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 credits1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5796MClimate Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5895MDigital Platforms: Critical and Cultural Analysis30 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsNot running in 202021
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsNot running in 202021
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsNot running in 202021

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.

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