MSc/MRes in Political Communication enrolment 2017-18

MSc/MRes in Political Communication enrolment 2017-18

The programme-specific information here should be read in conjunction with the University guides to Registration and Enrolment, and the general information on taught postgraduate enrolment in the School of Social & Political Sciences.

If you have not yet received the information from Registry about when and how to enrol, email . Remember though that you will not receive this information until you have accepted the offer and met the conditions for acceptance, if any.

There is also a lot of useful information for international students at the International Student Supportwebsite.

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Course Choices

Below is the list of courses you must take if you are in the MSc or MRes in Political Communication.



MSc Political Communication

MRes Political Communication


  • Research Design  
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Media & Democracy [core]
  • 1 or 2 option courses
  • Qualitative Research Methods [core]
  • Research Design [core]
  • Media & Democracy [core]


  • Political Institutions &
    Communications (core)
  • 1 or 2 option courses
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    (core if you don't take any Methods 
    in Semester 1)
  • Political Institutions &
    Communications (core)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (core)
  • 1 option course


Students on the MSc will have three core courses (including one Methods) and choose three options; those on the MRes will have five core courses (including three Methods course) and choose one option for Semester 2.

You can choose options for both semesters in August/September.  Students may take other postgraduate courses in Politics, but courses across the School of Social and Political Sciences can be options as well (provided the course is open to those outside a specific programme)

Further, it may be possible to take courses outside of the School of Social and Politics Sciences. Some of these may be added to the programme plan. If you have found a course in another School/College, please let the programme convenor know as soon as possible so they can investigate whether it would be open to you.  The programme convenor will have the final say as to whether you can select the course.

Please note that all option course choices are provisional. Although they are not likely to change, we need to ensure adequate enrolment numbers, and that students on other programmes are able to enrol into their own core courses. We also need to ensure that all of your courses are compatible with your degree, again as determined by the programme convenor.

Please also note that any course changes for the first semester (assuming there is space in the new course), must be completed by 30 September, although you are encouraged to make any changes well before that date to ensure that you do not miss too much of another course.

Part-time students would normally take the two core courses in their first year and at least one methods course.  Additional courses would be completed in the second year, along with the dissertation.

There will be an opportunity to consult with the convenor about your course choices at induction.


At the end of semester 2 and over the course of the summer, students enrolled in both the MSc/MRes programme will complete their dissertations.  PgDip students do not complete a dissertation.  Students will be supervised by a member of staff, who will hold regular meetings with the student over the course of summer.  There will be a series of required trainings online and workshops offline related to the dissertation which students will be required to attend.  Dates will be announced well in advance.  More information can be found on the Dissertation handbook, which will be made available to students in semester 1.

Induction timetable and key dates

Induction will take place over two afternoons: Monday 11 and Thursday 14 September 

A short joint induction for all Politics postgraduate students will take place on Monday 11 September at 3.30pm in room 103Hunterian Art Gallery (next to the Library, just south of it) to be followed by a political communication induction from 4.30pm in room 711, Adam Smith Building (just west of the library).  Students will need to attend these sessions.

Following induction on Monday 11, all Politics postgraduate students and many staff will walk over to Hillhead Bookclub (17 Vinicombe Street) for a drink. This is an opportunity for students to meet others and staff in a more informal context, and to get the year off to a good start!

On Thursday 14 September we will meet again from 1.30pm to 5.00pm in Kelvin Building, room 312. We will have a series of short meetings for all Politics postgraduate students about: employability/career, academic writing and library resources. Students are expected to attend all these sessions.

Course Timetables for Semester 1 

Semester 1 begins on 18 September and lasts for 10-11 weeks, with the official end of teaching on 1 December



Day & time

Media & Democracy

Tuesdays 14.00-15.00 plus 15.00-16.00

or 16.00-17.00

Research Design

Mondays 12.00-14.00 plus labs

Qualitative Methods

Tuesdays 17.30-19.45


Course Timetables for Semester 2

Semester 2 starts on 8 January 2017 and will finish on 23 March 2017



Day & time

Political Institutions &


Tuesdays 11.00-12.00 plus 12.00-13.00

or 13.00-14.00

Quantitative Data Analysis

Mondays 12.00-14.00 plus labs



Courses use varying modes of assessment, but for Politics courses, is typical for students to submit 2 essays for formative assessment, each comprising 45%-50% of the course final grade.  Some courses have a component of 10% participation contributing to the final course grade.  The Methods and Research Design courses are taught by members of staff across the School of Social and Political Sciences and use their own assessment regime.

Pre-course reading

You will find the following books very helpful in general preparation for the course, particularly if you do not have a background in political communication:


  • leyngar, Shanto. 2015. Media Politics: A Citizen's Guide.  WW Norton
  • Wolfsed, Gadi.  2011.  Making Sense of Media and Politics: Five Principles in Political Communication.  Routledge Press. 


If you have any questions, please email the programme convenor