MA in International Relations and Global Communications

General

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Program Description

Overview

The relationship between politics and communications has never been more dynamic or more important than it is today. Digital media, particularly social media, is fundamentally changing the terrain of politics.

This programme allows you to study those interactions within an interdisciplinary environment, drawing on research and expertise from the fields of politics, international relations, information and communications, journalism and linguistics.

You will study media and communications theory, plus the historical development of international relations and key issues in contemporary global politics, becoming an expert in how new communication technologies shape societies, politics and individual lives.

Length

  • 1 year: full-time
  • 2 years: part-time
  • Available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only).

Features and Benefits

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of global and international politics and political communications.
  • Access to external workshops, seminars, conference days and talent days.
  • Study in an interdisciplinary environment, engaging with politics, international relations, communications and linguistics.
  • Opportunities to explore real-life scenarios and work with political communication practitioners.

Career Prospects

Graduates may choose to go on to progress to higher research programmes or seek a wide range of roles in government, international political, social and economic organisations, journalism and globally oriented businesses.

Graduates have previously gone into roles including TV news presenter (Bulgaria); Communications officer for HMRC (UK); Policy and guidance manager OFSTED (UK); War Room Analyst for the Republican National Committee (USA).

Entry Requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

Year 1
Students on the part-time distance learning course will study the following units:
  • International Relations Theory
  • Current Issues in Media and Communication
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Digital Living
  • The EU in Turmoil
  • Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Dissertation

You will decide which three units you want to study in year 1 and which three units you want to study in year 2. You will take the dissertation unit after you’ve completed the six taught units.

Students on the full-time campus course will study the following core units:
  • International Relations Theory
  • Current Issues in Media and Communication
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Dissertation

You will then choose three optional units, taking at least one from each subject area.

International Relations options include:

  • Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • The EU in Turmoil
  • The Policymaking Process and Comparative Public Policy
  • Disasters and Emergency Planning

Global Communications options include:

  • Digital Living
  • Online Journalism
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication
Recent dissertation topics have included:
  • Disinformation and Fake News in Myanmar
  • US War on Terror in Cinema and Computer Games
  • Digital Diplomacy in Botswana and the UK
  • Smart cities and citizen rights in China and the UK
  • Brexit and the Twittersphere
  • EU discourse on the Ebola Crisis and International Aid in Africa
  • US government us of social media against ISIS
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 32% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 68% independent study
  • Part-time: 32% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 68% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
  • Part-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Placement Options

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary placement as part of this course. This will be with a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and we will help you to arrange this.

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Our Department of History, Politics and Philosophy offers programmes of study alongside a thriving research culture, emphasising a student-centred approach to learning.

With interdisciplinary strengths in many areas, the department takes pride in its approach to research-led teaching and being able to provide opportunities for students to work with academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £2,834 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1723 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £5,167 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

The programme contains a voluntary work placement. This does not normally require attendance for more than half a day/week over a six-month period. The only cost involved will be travel and all placements are in Manchester.

Last updated Sep 2019

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Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less