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Dr Peter Fossey

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Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of audiences and marketing concepts. Communicate effectively and creatively across multiple platforms.

Please note: Politics and Communications is not currently taking applications for 2018/19 entry.

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Why study Politics and Communications?

The public communication sector is a growing field with exciting possibilities for reflective and creative communicators. This cutting-edge course offers you an intense focus on applied work, led by university and public communication industry experts. 

The course will support you in becoming a highly knowledgeable and skilled communicator, with a practical understanding of how to operate in a digital world with multiple audiences, niches and trends. You will have the opportunity to produce compelling multimedia content that connects and interacts with people.

Politics and Communications will also provide you with the skills required to be a committed political and social communicator, enabling you to translate key communication concepts and strategies to public service, political and policy contexts.

This degree will provide you with analytical, leadership and management skills, and experience in political and policy-making, and project management in local, national and global contexts.

Why St Mary's?

Politics and Communications is part of an exciting suite of politics courses - designed in consultation with leading figures from the world of politics, public communication and policy - that also includes:

Based in the global city of London, this course takes advantage of the capital's status as a national political and administrative centre, as well as being an international hub for politics, policy and communications.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, individual study and seminars. We ensure that learning is tailored to support your studies. 

Particular features of this course include projects, consultancy and team-based intensive learning, as well as work-based learning and community exposure experiences. These will be enhanced by tutorials, access to mentors, the development of applied skills and guided learning through our virtual learning environment.

Assessment methods

The course assessment strategy is designed to promote the development of skills and abilities that will be useful to you in pursuing your goals after university.

In addition to completing academic essays, research reports and presentations, you will also complete assessments involving digital content. Classroom contributions, oral examinations and team presentations will also be used to assess modules.

Key facts

  • St Mary's University has a 95% success rate for graduates finding employment or further study within six months (HESA, 2017)
  • Designed in collaboration with leading politics, public communication and policy professionals
  • Taught by a mix of expert academics and industry professionals, offering the best possible balance of academic and practical expertise
  • Options to study abroad and undertake industry work placements
  • Taught on our historic campus in Twickenham, easily accessible from central London by public transport
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content

Year one

  • Comparative Politics and Institutions 
  • International Relations and Diplomacy 
  • Introduction to Public Management and Leadership 
  • Making Public Policy: Local and City Government 
  • The Politics and Political Economy of Delivery 
  • What is Politics? 
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Year two

  • International Organisations 
  • St Mary’s Political Lab Project 
  • The UK and the European Union 
  • Voice, the Great Orators and Speech Writing 
  • Behavioural Economics Core
  • Marketing Strategy Core

Year three

  • Cabinets, Council Leaders and Ministers 
  • Delivering through Smart Cities, Technology and Open Data 
  • Global Social, Political, and Economic Trends 
  • Independent Study Project 
  • Work Placement 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you to enter (and over time reach executive positions in):

  • public service organisations inside government
  • organisations contracting with governmental bodies (including consultancies)
  • positions in multilateral organisations
  • expert advisory to professional bodies related to public service and politics

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Politics and Communications students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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