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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Political Communication

Programme code:MA-COMM/PCUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Katy Parry Contact address:k.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

First degree BA Honours, Upper Second or equivalent in any subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Recognized tests are IELTS with a required overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or TOEFL equivalent score.

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 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. Particular attention is paid to innovatory forms of political communication and students will be expected to apply these in the design of a political campaign.

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.


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[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 (12mth)
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 0 - 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5193MHumanity, Animality and Globality30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsNot running in 202223
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5835MThe Literature of Crisis: Politics and Gender in 1790s Britain30 creditsNot running in 202223
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsNot running in 202223

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5009MMaking Sense of Sound30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsNot running in 202223
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsNot running in 202223
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsNot running in 202223
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5796MClimate Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5409MScript Development for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

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 30 credits of elective modules in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Last updated: 10/08/2022 09:22:31

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