MA International Political Communication

Develop an advanced understanding of the issues and debates surrounding political communication, focusing on areas such as diplomacy, campaigning, reporting and media effects contextualised within the 21st Century communication and media environment.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MA International Political Communication at BU?

  • Incorporating an international perspective, you’ll be provided with insights into the latest developments in political communication including the evolution of political and social change and technological innovations  
  • Analyse current issues and practice with the aim of tackling difficult questions drawing on theories from social science, sociology, psychology, communication studies, and international/diplomatic relations  
  • Benefit from BU’s extensive connections with a range of political organisations, local, national and international pressure groups, charities and communication consultancies 
  • Learn from academics whose links with research institutions and political organisations span across the globe, from Massachusetts and Prague to Bogota and Auckland 
  • We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • Engage in research with the Centre for Comparative Politics & Media Research

Find out more about the content of this course.

Benefit from industry guest speakers 

Students benefit from a long list of guest speakers from the industry; this includes NGOs, opinion poll companies, market research and communication specialists, political communication consultants, public relations professionals, politicians, speechwriters and others.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024, September 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (September start), 16 months full-time or 27 months part-time (January start)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent. 

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in speaking, listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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What our students say

Your application

On MA International Political Communication, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are interested in exploring political communication in a global context
  • Have an intellectual curiosity about the socio-political underpinnings of the contemporary political communication environment, for example: (digital) political campaigning; fake news; propaganda; grass roots activism and social movements; political journalism; the role of gender and race in political communication; populism, the role of emotions in contemporary politics
  • Wish to develop theoretical grounding, methodological and analytical skills which will be applied in the study of current developments in political communication, public diplomacy and international relations
  • Wish to develop and apply skills suitable for research roles e.g., in policy-making, industry, or as the grounding for further PhD study

Entry requirements


Students who graduate from this course will:

  • Be equipped with the critical and analytical skills to pursue professional and academic research within the field of political communication and related disciplines
  • Possess appropriate academic and professional transferable skills enabling them to pursue careers across the political and corporate world
  • Be well-versed in a number of pervasive issues that shape and set the parameters for contemporary international political communications scholarship and practice.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Mirjam Liefbroer

What I like about this course in particular are the great lecturers who are engaged with their units and approach us as colleagues rather than students – they make theory relevant and interesting.

Hear from our staff

Cliff van Wyk

My career contacts have helped me offer great benefits to students, securing guest lectures and challenging live briefs, as well as associations with top agencies.

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