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Master's Programme in Political Communication (PolCom)

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Start: Autumn. Language of instruction: English.
Academic credits: 120 hec

About the programme

The two year Master's Programme in Political Communication prepares students for a professional career within political communication and opinion analysis based on clear ethical and democratic principles.

The programme is open to students with any bachelor degree, but is particularly relevant for  them holding degrees in political science, global studies, economics, media and communication and languages.

New demands in a changing world

Communication is a crucial part of political processes and affects citizens' opportunities for democratic participation and commitment at various levels. In a time of political polarization, disinformation and propaganda, political communication has become a central issue.

Internet and social media, in combination with more traditional mass media, have become increasingly important arenas for political processes. The speed of the communication exchange and the possibilities of interactivity have created new resources as well as challenges for democracy. These challenges require advanced understanding of how politics are communicated and what consequences it entails for democracy and power relations. In order to meet the need for such knowledge, JMG now launches a new international education at advanced level with a focus on political communication.

Political communication is today not only about the political party campaigning in a turbulent media environment, but also about the dynamics of protest movements and activism in the digital media.
Citizens and their political commitment play an increasingly important role in understanding political developments. Similarly, journalists, different organizations and authorities are key players in the political dialogue.

Working professionally in this field requires advanced skills in strategic political communication, but also an understanding of the ethical and democratic implications of communicative practice. The master’s program in Political Communication (PolCom) offers training in those competencies.

Based on a mixture of theoretical and applied elements, this program prepares the student for various advanced positions in the international field of political communication. The competences include strategic communication, crisis communication and opinion analysis.


More about the program's learning objectives, structure and courses.

Welcome to apply!

Non EU/EEA January 15, EU/EEA April 15. Do not forget your CV and Statement of Intent.

Contact information

Study Administrator
Christina Jones
Phone: +46 (0)31 786 5179
E-mail: christina.jones@jmg.gu.se

Programme Coordinator
Nicklas Håkansson
Phone: +46 (0)31 786 4944
E-mail: nicklas.hakansson@jmg.gu.se

Director of Studies, Media- and Communication studies:
Marie Grusell
Phone + 46(0)31 786 4985
E-mail: marie.grusell@jmg.gu.se 

Application periods:
Non-EU/EEA citizens:
October 16, 2018 - Jan. 15, 2019
EU/EEA citizens:
March 15, 2019 - April 15, 2019

Cost for non-EU/EEA citizens:
166 000 SEK (approx 19500 USD).


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