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MA in Political Communication

Master of Arts in Political Communication

  • PAC CodeDC631(Full Time), DC604(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (FT - 1 Year), (PT - 2 years)
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Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,750
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

This programme examines the rapidly changing relationship between the media, politics and the public, and considers how their overlapping relations influence democracy and the distribution of power.

You should apply for this programme if you are interested in media coverage of politics, the role of spin, agenda-setting, public relations, political advertising and new media.

You will work with leading academics in the areas of political communication, political science and journalism studies. You will also be exposed to a range of senior influential guest lecturers.

Core modules include:

  • Political Communications: Concepts and Issues;
  • Media and Politics in Ireland;
  • Public Relations;
  • Social Media, Journalism and Democracy;
  • Research Methods;
  • Communicating Policy.

Optional modules include:

  • Media Audiences and Consumption
  • Media and Communications Skills

Content will be attractive to recent graduates and also those seeking to develop a critical perspective on an existing career.

DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 200 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking. 

"I found DCU's MA in Political Communication to offer a great mix of classes in global and Irish political structure from the past to present in a format that encouraged debate, discussion and learning. In particular the programme had a great mix of students each bringing different perspectives to debate."  Ruth Burnside, Director of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications

"The MA was a hugely fulfilling experience for me, providing an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest whilst being part of a diverse, experienced and often passionate group. Ultimately, the MA gave me what I had hoped for - a new level of learning, a new professional direction and of course, a valuable qualification."  Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communications, Houses of the Oireachtas

 

Programme

  • To provide students with a conceptual framework to understand the evolution, practice and terminology of political communication;
  • To examine the relationship between the media, politics and the public;
  • To provide an understanding of how political and public communication informs and sustains democracy and the distribution of power in both national and international contexts;
  • To acquire the ability to undertake and communicate original research;
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Why DCU

Why Do this Programme in DCU?

  • Long established & highly regarded nationally and internationally;
  • Challenging learning environment;
  • Taught by a team of experienced, research active lecturers;
  • Experienced guest speakers;
  • High employment rates for graduates & excellent career progression.

Recent guest speakers have included: senior political advisors, Fergus Finlay, Gerard Howlin, Ciaran Conlon, Anne Maire MacNally, Mandy Johnson, Sean Dorgan and Mark Mortell.

Other speakers have included:

  • James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly in Washington
  • Robert Watt, Secretary-General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Craig Gordon, Chief Deputy Managing Editor of the Washington based online publisher, Politico
  • Chris Mullin, former British Labour MP and government minister
  • Peter Horricks, head of global news at the BBC
  • British political blogger Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes).

What Our Graduates Say

Ruth Burnside, Director of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications

"I found DCU's MA in Political Communication to offer a great mix of classes in global and Irish political structure from the past to present in a format that encouraged debate, discussion and learning. In particular the programme had a great mix of students each bringing different perspectives to debate" 

Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communications, Houses of the Oireachtas

"The MA was a hugely fulfilling experience for me, providing an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest whilst being part of a diverse, experienced and often passionate group. Ultimately, the MA gave me what I had hoped for - a new level of learning, a new professional direction and of course, a valuable qualification" 

 

Fees: www.dcu.ie/fees/index.shtml

Careers

Positions held by our graduates include: 

  • Analyst - LinkedIn; Director of Advocacy - Focus Ireland; 
  • External Communications - Bank of Ireland; 
  • Director of News - Storyful; Director - Fleishman-Hillard; 
  • Senior Public Affairs Manager -Vodafone; 
  • Media Manager -Connaught Rugby;
  • Head of Group Communications - Irish Life Account Director - Murray Consultants;
  • Account Director - Insight PR;
  • Policy Officer - Department of Justice;
  • Financial Education Manager - Competition Authority;
  • Account Director - Wilson Hartnell PR;
  • Managing Director - Montague PR;
  • Policy Director - IBEC; Special Adviser - Government Minister;
  • Head of Media - Sinn Fein; Chef de Cabinet - Fianna Fail;
  • Press Officer - Labour Party; Head of Media - Fine Gael;
  • Parliamentary Assistants with various TDs and Senators;
  • Director of Communications - Garda Síochána;
  • Press Officer - Department of Finance;
  • Press Officer - Department of the Taoiseach;
  • Head of Communications - University of Limerick;
  • Broadcast Manager - Oireachtas TV;
  • Head of Press - Law Society;
  • Communications Officer - Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland;

 

 

 

 

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

For admission to the MA in Political Communication programme, successful applicants will have - 

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent, OR
  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about the English language requirements of DCU School of Communications can be found here.

 

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

To apply for this programme
All applicants should apply through www.pac.ie
Search for course code DC631 for Full-Time or DC604 for Part-Time.
Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
A personal statement of 500-750 words (maximum) outlining:
  (i)  suitability for the programme (why you want to study political communication)
  (ii)  recent work and/or extra-curricular experience directly relevant to the MA Political Communication programme.                                                                                                                                                                     (iii) the impact that you expect the programme will have on your future career
Please include your CV.

 If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 17th July 2020.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 14th August 2020.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

Queries

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to postgraduateadmissions@dcu.ie.

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to international.office@dcu.ie.

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2020.

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

For more information, please contact fees@dcu.ie.


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Master of Arts in Political Communication Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €6,750 €15,000
Part Time €0 €3,600 €7,400