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Political Communication (PolCom), Master of Science

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

Short Summary

The master’s programme in Political Communication examines the role of communication in political processes and what consequences it brings about for democratic societies.

As a student of the programme, you will develop knowledge about theories and international research in the field as well as skills in areas such as strategic political communication and opinion analysis. You will also gain an understanding of ethical and democratic implications of the communicative practices.

About the Programme l Who Should Apply? l Application periods l l After Graduation l

About the Programme

Communication is a crucial part of political processes and affects power and influence in society. It is fundamental for citizens' opportunities to exercise their democratic rights, as well as for governments, political parties, and a range of other organizations in their decision making and day-to day actions.

Various media play important roles in political processes. Digitalization has increased the speed and range of communication and created new resources for democracy. The rapid growth of digital media has made interactive communication accessible for individuals, established organizations, and activist networks. At the same time, it has also created new challenges for society, not least in times of disinformation, propaganda and political polarization. These challenges require an advanced understanding of how communication works in politics and what consequences it entails for democracy and power relations.

With the purpose to prepare you for professional work within the field of political communication, the courses combine theory and application. Thus, you will develop competences including strategic communication, crisis communication, and opinion analysis. You will explore various ways of understanding political communication including cultural and critical perspectives. Among other topics, the courses include:

  • media effects
  • social media and news media
  • political campaigning
  • political participation and representation
  • language and political discourse
  • survey data analysis

Through seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and study visits, you will gain strategic communication skills and learn to analyse major changes in communication and power relations between different actors in the political arena.

Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in how political actors inform and persuade, and how digital media raise new possibilities and challenges for communication? Does political polarization, propaganda, misinformation, and the implications for democracy concern you? Is your background in, for example, political science, global studies, economics, media and communication, or languages, and do you want to work in professional political communication or research? If you want advanced understanding of communication in a political context and its significance for democracy and power, then apply at universityadmissions.se.

Application periods

Non-EU/EEA citizens:
16 October, 2019 - 15 January, 2020

EU/EEA citizens:
Middle of March, 2020 - Middle of April, 2020

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science with a major in Media and Communication Studies.

Meet JMG's PolCom students

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 

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Program start 19/20:
September 2, 2019
Program end: June 6, 2021

Program start 20/21:
August 31, 2020
Program end: June 6, 2022

Application periods:
Non-EU/EEA citizens:
Middle of October, 2019 - Middle of January, 2020
EU/EEA citizens:
Middle of March, 2020 - Middle of April, 2020

Apply on: universityadmissions.se. Do not forget to attach your CV and Statement of Intent.

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


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