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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Political Communications and Public Affairs

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course focuses on the intersection of communication, media, and politics as the area of knowledge fundamental for communicators working across public, private and third-sector organizations as well as a range of economic, social or cultural sectors. Students will develop communication expertise that combines strategic communication with an understanding of policy communication in the contemporary media landscape. The course offers relevant theoretical knowledge and strong vocational skills development for students who wish to enter careers in public affairs, policy communication, campaigning, or advocacy jobs.

Why QMU?

Studying with us allows you to:

  • develop specialist communication skills valued by modern employers in order to manage their political environment and policy issues;
  • earn an internationally postgraduate qualification a university with a track record in delivering specialist communication course recognized by professional bodies (Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Public Relations and Communications Association);
  • tailor your learning to your future career, developing knowledge, skills and learning in a rich and diverse environment from tutors who are internationally published researchers and practitioners with years of professional experience and
  • benefit from the blended learning approach that offers the best of two world: intense classroom interaction and rich online learning environment.

Course overview

Communication, media, and culture not only shape people’s lives but are also pivotal to the way in which politics and policymaking work. Companies and brands have recognised this for some time now in their lobbying, advocacy, and social responsibility work. In this age of activism, so have ordinary people when they mobilize to advocate for ways—laws and policies—to change how governments and companies go about their business. There is politics (and policy) in the food we eat, in the education we get, in how we travel, how we build homes, in who makes our clothes and what happens to them when we no longer use them. And this is what this course is about.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip. If you can’t manage to spend the time studying for a full MSc or PgDip, you can complete our PgCert.


This course is aimed specifically to educate public affairs specialists, a strategic communication function used by organizations manage their relationship with the world of politics and policy making. This course is built on our previous experience of educating professional for public relations and communications roles in a range of organizations, both in the UK and internationally. Our graduates have an impressive track record in achieving their career aspirations, going on to take key communication roles in a wide range of organizations across the globe.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Tuition fees

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£ 14,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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