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Manchester Metropolitan University: International Relations and Global Communications

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Politics, Philosophy and Public Services
Telephone 0161 247 6969
Study type Taught


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 course 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.

The MA is available to complete in one year full-time or two years part-time. This course is available to study on campus (full-time or part-time) or online (part-time only).

Features and Benefits - An accessible masters degree – Suitable for many educational and professional backgrounds.

  • Diverse and exciting coursework – You can present your work in a way that suits you, from traditional essays to reports, debates, blog posts and presentations. Real life communication skills combined with rigorous academic work is guided by tutors and supported by a team of experts in study skills.

  • Real world experience – Learn from professional guest speakers from NGOs with political or activist backgrounds, whilst developing your own portfolio of political communication tools.

  • Interdisciplinary - Study in an interdisciplinary environment, engaging with experts in politics, international relations, communication, journalism and linguistics.

  • Academic expertise – You’ll be taught by experienced academics with a wealth of expertise in the fields of research, analysis and publication. You will also have regular access to external workshops, seminars and talent days.

  • Public engagement – Explore opportunities to practice your academic knowledge in real-life scenarios, working with the public, including young people. This will allow you to gain employability experience in preparation for your graduate career.

  • Study in Manchester – One of the UK’s most exciting digital cities is packed with creative companies on the lookout for talented graduates.

  • An international perspective - This MA attracts students from all over the world, giving you the opportunity to make international contacts and gain a truly global perspective on the issues covered.

  • Online distance learning - You can study this course part time through online distance learning, allowing you to study remotely, at a time that suits you, from the convenience of your home. Teaching and learning is tailored for distance-learning students and includes recorded lessons, guided tasks, and tutor-supported interactive online activities.


Manchester Metropolitan University

A modern university in a great global city 
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse community of international students from 130 countries.

The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old , which is a measure of its commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

City centre campus in the heart of Manchester
Located in the centre of Manchester, Manchester Met’s campus is conveniently located close to the city’s many world-renowned music, sports and cultural venues, as well as the second-largest Chinatown in Britain. Voted the UK’s best city to …

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