Brussels School of International Studies

 

MA Political Strategy and Communication

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
Apply online now: Kent application for graduate study.

 

 

Politics is not merely about power. Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda. Whether it be a political leader motivating people to follow, a government seeking allies for a policy in the international arena, a campaigner mobilizing supporters, or a high-priced corporate lobbyist explaining a client’s policy to legislators, all political ideas ultimately depend on them being communicated to an intended audience, with precision, efficiency and above all credibility. What are the appropriate forms of communication for a politician? What forms of ‘spin’ can work, and which do journalists see through? What are effective ways of framing a client’s perspective for government officials, and what are the entry points in the decision-making cycle that makes their communication strategy most effective?

Brussels has emerged as the largest centre for international media, measured in the number of foreign correspondents, which has now exceeded the number in Washington DC. Brussels is also home to thousands of political lobbyists, engaged either as public relations specialists, political strategists, or corporate communications advisors. A recent study of graduates from BSIS who stay in Brussels shows that political communication is among their primary career destination.

An MA in Political Strategy and Communication engages students in the practical issues of political delivery. The areas of political communication, political leadership, strategy, crisis management, political branding, and public relations are all the leading vocational aspects of a developed academic understanding of politics and international relations, and it is an area of growing importance that distinguishes BSIS graduates as policy-relevant, engaged thinkers in the political arena.

The aims of the MA in Political Strategy and Communication are to:

  • provide students with a research-active teaching environment which provides a good grounding in the study of Social Science in general, in political strategy, and in the communication of political positions in particular;
  • offer a critical perspective of the interplay between International Relations and European Politics as they relate to the process of creating a strategy for dealing with political issues, and communicating effectively the issues and positions on the basis of that strategy, in order to influence outcomes at the European and national levels;
  • ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of Social Science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of political strategy in particular;
  • ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to policy making and policy analysis, the historical development of the contemporary European policy landscape, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field, with particular emphasis on the manner in which policies, positions, perspectives, and attitudes are communicated;
  • ensure that students acquire the necessary skills for advanced assessment of contemporary problems in European politics, society, and economy, and their solutions;
  • develop students’ general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).
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Programme Structure:

The MA in Political Strategy and Communication is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

MA in Political Strategy and Communication:

To be awarded an MA in Political Strategy and Communication in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here. 
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in Political Strategy and Communication. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than three law modules.

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MA in Political Strategy and Communication - Extended Programme:

To be awarded an MA in Political Strategy and Communication in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory

and

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below:

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in Political Strategy and Communication. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than four law modules.  

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Name Alp Tanju
Email at617@kent.ac.uk
Programme Political Strategy and Communication
tanju

Hello everyone, I'm Alp and I'm a September 2016 student doing my MA in Political Strategy & Communication with a secondary specialisation in International Law, as well as the current course representative for Political Strategy & Communication. I'm a 24 year-old Turkish-British guy who is used to the nomad lifestyle of a student. Additionally, I did my undergrad studies with the University of Kent as well so if you have any questions ranging from academics to getting used to the school and the environment to whether androids dream of electric sheep, I'm your guy.

To say a little bit about myself, I was born in Istanbul and had a mix of American, French, and British education before coming to Brussels. I suppose since I was always interested in public relations/communication, I worked for an Istanbul-based advertising agency and completed an internship at an NGO dedicated to improving commercial ties between Turkey and the EU. While I was studying at uni, I also helped run the Amnesty International society there. I feel that as students of dealing with the 'people' side of politics, it is necessary to have diverse skills in your toolkit. I'm a lover of good food, good drinks, and good times with interesting people, so feel free to help me out on my quest to try every type of beer here in Belgium. I also like movies, philosophy, and talking about all things geeky.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping out as best I can!

 

 

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