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Dr Stuart Oliver
Dr Stuart Oliver

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Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of political audiences, and marketing concepts. Learn to communicate effectively and creatively across multiple information platforms.

Please note: Politics and Communications is not currently taking applications for 2019/20 entry.

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Why study Politics and Communications?

This course 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.

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

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

It will support you in developing 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 and their needs.

Why St Mary's?

Politics and Communications is part of a suite of politics courses - designed with the active help of 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, and a hub for policy and communications.

Key facts

  • Designed with the active help of leading figures from the world of politics, public communication and policy
  • 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 campus in Twickenham, easily accessible from central London by public transport
  • St Mary's University has a 93% success rate for graduates finding employment or further study within six months (HESA, 2018)

QUIZ: Which communications degree should you study at St Mary's?

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? 

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 refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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

Particular features of the work include projects, consultancy and team-based intensive learning, as well as work-based learning and community experiences. These are enhanced by tutorials, mentoring and guided learning through our virtual learning environment.

Assessment methods

The course is designed to promote the development of skills and abilities that complement your learning and will be essential to you in pursuing your goals after university.

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


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees 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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