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MSc in Politics and Communication

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Programme Code: TMPOCOM

Department: Media & Communications

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full year programme.  Students must take courses to the value of three full units and a dissertation as shown below.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

MC408 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications (0.5)

Paper 2

MC404 Political Communication in Democracies (0.5)


And one of the following 0.5 unit courses:


MC4M1 Methods of Research in Media & Communications (including Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis) (0.5) or


MC4M7 Methods of Research in Media & Communications (including Qualitative Analysis & Applied Regression Analysis) (0.5) A

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.5 unit(s) from the following:


MC401 Mediated Resistance and Activism (0.5)


MC402 The Audience in Media and Communications (0.5)


MC403 Contemporary Issues in Media and Communications Policy (0.5) #


MC419 Modern Campaigning Politics (0.5)


MC422 Critical Studies in Media and Journalism (0.5)


MC423 Global Media Industries (0.5)


MC425 Interpersonal Mediated Communication (0.5)


MC428 Media Culture and Neoliberalism in the Global South (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


MC432 Strategic Communication in Practice: Professional Perspectives (0.5)


MC433 Technology and Justice (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


MC436 Mediating the Past (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


MC437 Media, Data and Social Order (0.5) #


MC438 Mediated Feminisms (0.5)


MC439 Media, Technology, and the Body (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


Any other MSc-level course which is offered in the School, subject to the consent of the candidate's programme convenor.

Paper 4

MC499 Dissertation: Media and Communications (1.0) B


A : MY452 is an advanced Applied Regression Analysis course offered by the Department of Methodology and must be taken by students who select MC4M7. Students wishing to select this option need to already have a grounding in quantitative methods and must seek approval from the Programme Director. Approval is also subject to timetabling constraints.

B : 10,000-12,000 words. Passing this course is a requirement for passing the programme.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Students can take no more than one full unit of courses from outside the Department of Media and Communications (non-MC-prefixed courses).

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.