Unique and topical study programme
In the 21st century, the role of the media and public image in politics are more important than ever before. Political crises, the changes in societies and the rise of the new media including social media has changed the relationship between politics, media and the public in an unprecedented way. The study programme Politics, Media and Communication run by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Journalism and Media Studies brings a unique combination of the study of comparative politics, political behaviour and research on media audiences, new media, mass communication and their effects and, in turn, provides a comprehensive view of the importance media have for contemporary politics and society.
You will learn answers to the following questions:
What is the role of media in contemporary politics? How have the new media changed politics?
What are the effects of political communication on political behavior and attitudes?
How do populists communicate and how can we fight with disinformation?
What is the role of emotions in communication and politics?
Teaching based on excellent research
We strongly believe that good teaching needs to be rooted in excellent topical research. Your future teachers in Politics, Media and Communication are leading experts in the research of politics, political behaviour and media studies. They will teach not only about the up-to-date knowledge of the relationship between politics and the media, but will present findings of their own research. Moreover, our students are involved in research projects at our departments.
Highly demanded practical skills
The program emphasizes the most wanted skills on the changing job market - development of critical thinking, expert knowledge, data analysis, writing, argumentation, and presentation skills including advanced data visualisation. Alumni of our faculty thus find employment in a broad number of professions with very high placement rates (2018 - over 92%).
Flexibility and specialization
Besides the set of core courses, you will be allowed to choose a wide variety of optional courses dealing with particular aspects of the relationship between politics and the media. The non-compulsory courses forms one third of the curriculum, which brings both flexibility (you choose courses in accordance with your personal interests) and specialization (the courses deals with selected topics in great details). Moreover, a set of optional courses deals with various and highly demanded ways of data analysis.
Truly international community
Masaryk University with rich experience with running international study program provides welcoming and environment for international students. Our departments also regularly host foreign experts form other top universities such as Northwestern University, University of Nottingham or University of Oxford. You will join like-minded students from all around the world (the faculty has students from over 70 countries). Moreover, using our rich international collaboration framework (Erasmus+ in particular) you will be able to study a semester at a prestigious European University such as Sciences Po in Paris, University of Antwerpen, University of Oslo, etc.).