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Master's program in political communication

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Closed GU-67298 2 Closed GU-17298
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

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

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.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree of 180 credits or corresponding. Applicants must prove knowledge of English: English 6/English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: For the selection we require a CV + a Letter of Intent of maximum 500 words each for the two documents (if this limit is exceeded the applications will be disqualified). Save your CV and Letter of Intent into PDF documents and upload them with your other documents (please see our webpage for information about the deadline). The Letter of Intent should address the questions below:

  • What are your personal, and professional, aims and aspirations, and in what way do you think the programme will help you develop toward those goals?
  • What specifically in the programme structure and content attracted your interest?
  • How have your past experiences, both academic and non-academic, shaped your interest in the issues dealt with in the programme?
  • How have these experiences prepared you for the programme?

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Study administrator Christina Jones +46 31 7865179 Program coordinator Nicklas Håkansson


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