1. UCAS code:
    L220
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Who controls the media? How does the media shape our lives? What are the implications of living in a media culture? Who has political power? How do powerful
politicians, interests and networks use it? What are the implications of looking at the exercise of political power and forms of media communication together? If these questions interest you then the BA Political Communication is the degree for you!

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Employability and Careers

The future is bright for Arts and Humanities students!

Arts and Humanities graduates make an invaluable and irreplaceable contribution to the economy and are crucial in supporting world-leading creative industries sectors. Our graduates are employed in diverse and dynamic vocations such as marketing, sales and advertising; commercial, industrial and public sectors; education; business, law and finance; art, design and culture; journalism, media and PR; creative and professional writing; sport; social and welfare professions; heritage and tourism; government and politics; foreign affairs and diplomatic corps; humanitarian organisations; teaching English as a foreign language and some are employed as translators. Some graduates go on to study Masters and PhD degrees and many PhD graduates have a career in Academia.

In addition to the transferable skills you develop through study and the curriculum, the College offers various employability opportunities and initiatives.

Have a look at our Employability and Careers booklet:  Employability and Careers Brochure

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • Political Communication students can have a semester abroad in Europe, Hong Kong and the USA.
  • The ‘National Assembly for Wales Internship’ (PO3000) is a Level 3 module open to Political Communication students, available during semester one and it can accommodate up to twenty students. The students work for an AM at the National Assembly in Cardiff for one day per week for a semester.  
  • ‘Internship Module’ (PO3118) is a Level 3 module, open to Political Communication students and available during semester one.  The internships are for 100 hours and are offered across a diverse range of sectors: local government, the media, the third sector e.g. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Telesgop Production Company, Swansea Evening Post, South West Wales Media, Computeraid Wales, Environment Centre Swansea, The Wave and Swansea Sound Radio, Geraint Davies MP Constituency, Sian James MP Constituency Labour South Wales West, Swansea University Sustainability, City and County Swansea Council and Swansea Youth Offending Service.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Our staff are active researchers known across the globe and we teach an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of the subject across many regions of the world.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
AND
Elective Modules

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Contours of American Politics
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language 1
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Language 2
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to ancient Egyptian history and civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLG105
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLG125
CLH111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classical Athens
CLH112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Augustan Rome
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IIMust be taken with CLL101
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLL105
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLE125
CY-108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyflwyno a Chyfathrebu
CY-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Golwg Ar Gymru
CY-116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cyflwyno
CY-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testun a Chyd-destun
CY-130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyflwyno'r Seiliau
CY-131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymraeg Ysgrifenedig
CY-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cadarnhau'r Seiliau
CY-135Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Llenyddiaeth Gyfoes
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Stage Play World
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
HUP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Ysbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWStage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Ysbaenig (B)
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
Optional Modules
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)
Optional Modules
Politics Dissertation

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
Media Options

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Media in Context
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web Technologies
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video Production
MS-332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSS302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW303Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20CYNHYRCHU DIGIDOL
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW307Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship
OR
Media Disseertation

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation Preparation
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation
AND
Media Option

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Media in Context
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web Technologies
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video Production
MS-332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSS302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20CYNHYRCHU DIGIDOL
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship
AND
Politics Option

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship
PO-3119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Quantitative approaches to political and social analysis
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

Description

In the first year of study our modules provide an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the key concepts and issues that will help you make sense of media and politics. These modules include What is Politics and International Relations?; Politics and the People; Introduction to Media Studies; and War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. In the following two years of study you will study the core module of Political Communication and a range of modules.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA Full-time £9,000 £12,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There will be additional costs for flights for the semester abroad.

Please see the Studying Elsewhere: Student Funding Issues pdf and also see our study abroad web pages.

Student Quote

"I chose my course at Swansea because it was one of the few universities that offered an integrated politics, media and political communication degree.  As part of the degree I also took the internship module working in the Welsh Assembly, which changed my life.  Not only did it give me the chance to see behind the scenes at how politicians worked and how they got their message out to the public, but it enabled me to draw on the knowledge and skills I had learned at the university and use them in the real world.  Four years later I can certainly say that studying Political Communication gave me a solid grounding in both politics and media studies.  It also set me up for a career actually working in public life as a political researcher and communications advisor."

 

Neil Ronconi-Woollard 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.