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Media and Politics MA

UK

What will I learn?

By studying the MA Media and Politics, students will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of different forms of communication in their social, political, and economic contexts, focusing in particular on the relationship between news media, social media, and politics in contemporary societies.

The Media and Politics MA is a fantastic opportunity for you 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.

You will develop skills that directly enhance employability, including applying critical reviewing skills, giving presentations, plus data analysis, problem-solving, team-working and research design and implementation.

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 three further modules from a range of other M-level modules provided by the department or wider school.

Career prospects

Student career development is a major interest for the department and we actively encourage students to integrate career planning into their academic studies. This is promoted through individual modules which have strong policy and career relevant aspects, and a close relationship with the University’s excellent Careers Service who provide bespoke sessions for students.

Through this programme graduates will enhance their career prospects in professional areas like government, media, journalism and public relations. While some positions in these fields often require the ability to conduct research or project-work and to demonstrate sustained and complex organisational skills in ways encompassed by this MA, its emphasis on oral and written communication skills as well as on IT-based presentation skills and research will be useful for many types of employment. As this is predominantly an academic degree, some former graduates of the MA have gone on to further academic study (PhD).

Which department am I in?

University of Liverpool

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,350.00 (US$ 25,036) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,

Liverpool,

L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Candidates should possess a good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as Politics, International Relations, Communication and Media, Sociology, Journalism. IELTS: 6.5 (W6.5, 6.0 all other bands). TOEFL: 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 19, Writing 21, Reading 19, Speaking 23.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities

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