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Course summary

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. Why study MA International Political Communication at BU?

  • Incorporating an international perspective, you’ll be provided with insights into the latest techniques of political communication using the most recent technological innovations
  • Analyse current issues and practice with aims to ask difficult questions about the fields of social science, psychological 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
  • Engage in research with the Centre for Comparative Politics & Media Research.


Social Theory & Political Communication; The Psychodynamics of Political Culture and Society; Political Journalism; Political Marketing & Campaigning; Diplomacy & International Relations; Research Imagination; Final Project.

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2, or equivalent, in a required subject. Required subjects: Media and Communication, Politics, Public Relations, Journalism, Sociology, Social Policy. 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 each component of speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
International Political Communication at Bournemouth University - UCAS