By studying this MA in Politics and the Mass Media you will develop an advanced understanding of the relationship between the media and politics in contemporary societies. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to engage with current debates about the constantly evolving role of media in national and international political life. The programme uncovers the ways in which journalists and politicians attempt to set the political agenda or influence public opinion and also explores the ways in which the audiences, as public and as citizens, are involved in media as consumers and producers. Throughout the programme students will develop skills that directly enhance employability, including applying critical reviewing skills, giving presentations, plus data management, problem-solving, team-working and research design and implementation.
The programme is built around core modules which focus on the theories and debates surrounding:-
- the relationship between the mass media, politics and society
- the role and function of the media in a democracy
- the impact of mass media on global political processes
- research methods used in political communication research.
You'll able to pursue your own specific research/study interest in political communication via a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation and by choosing two further modules from a range of other M-level modules provided by the department or wider school.