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Master in Political and Institutional Communication

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Máster en Comunicación Política e Institucional

Master in Political and Institutional Communication

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UPF-BSMMastersMaster in Political and Institutional Communication

On the Master in Political and Institutional Communication, you will learn to design effective political communication campaigns and political and corporate speeches and to manage their communicative impact through online and offline channels. We offer you a transversal program with a plural perspective: the course classes are taught by academic experts and professionals with great experience who represent the plurality of political parties and institutions.

Corporate communicationsCrisis communication
Next edition
Classes start07 October, 2024
Classes end15 May, 2025 (To be confirmed)
Program ends15 June, 2025 (To be confirmed)
ModalityOn-campus
LanguageSpanish
ECTS credits60
ScheduleMonday to Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm
Price9000 €

The Master in Political and Institutional Communication is a face-to-face program that offers solid training in order to understand the interaction between politics and the media.

Throughout the course you will learn to design powerful messages for parties and institutions, you will develop electoral marketing campaigns and you will analyse how public opinion is affected by opinion leaders, think tanks, or lobbies. You will learn how to manage any crises that may appear, either by organizing emergency protocols or working with different institutions and media. You will also learn to adequately transmit the values ​​of institutions and you will discover how governments and political parties use new technologies to communicate with the public. All this with the aim of becoming a professional in political marketing, an expert in political communication, and integrating yourself into the labour market.

Thanks to the design of the syllabus taught by expert professors and professionals, you will delve into the optimization of political and institutional communication processes in a transversal and plural way.

The Master in Political and Institutional Communication is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

Why choose this program

01

Current content in touch with reality

The Master's program in Political Communication includes visits to different institutions to learn first-hand about the day-to-day life of experts in political and institutional communication, as well as the political reality of the moment. In addition, you will learn to evaluate different political behaviour and to analyse the media and current public opinion.

02

Plurality

The master's seeks to offer you a plural view, both in the content and in the teaching staff, through the maximum representation of political parties and Spanish and Catalan public institutions.

03

Reputation of the faculty

You will acquire skills from professionals and academics in political and institutional communication who have worked on highly relevant political and institutional campaigns and who have advised local, national, and international political leaders.

04

Connection with the world of work

The master's offers the possibility of complementing learning with the experience of internships in consultancies, political parties, and institutions, which will facilitate your integration into the labour market.

05

International recognition

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

Who is it for?

The Master in Political and Institutional Communication is aimed at graduates of any discipline. It is also open to professionals who demonstrate relevant experience in the field of political marketing and political or institutional communication.

Curriculum

The Master in Political Communication is structured in 8 subjects or blocks of knowledge in which all the contents and tools necessary to transmit the knowledge and skills required by professional development are revealed.

In addition, students will choose a topic to carry out the Master's Final Project which will be guided by a tutor with experience in Master's Projects. This work can be done individually or in groups and will help you to put into practice the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired throughout the course.

Subjects
  • Analysis of political behaviour: behaviourism and the theory of rational choice
  • Political participation: relevance, typologies, and explanations
  • Political culture and attitudes
  • Models for choosing how to vote
  • Analysis of public opinion from the classical and empirical traditions
  • Public communication, democracy, and opinions
  • The media in the opinion-forming process
  • The relationship between journalists and politicians
  • What a speech is and how it is made
  • Speechwriting: actors and forms
  • Crisis communication on social networks
  • Preparation of plans and protocols for emergency situations
  • Co-ordination of institutions in periods of crisis
  • The permanent campaign
  • The actors of political communication: from the spokesperson to the head of the campaign
  • Storytelling: the political story
  • Leadership building
  • Electoral research
  • Planning and coordination of the electoral campaign
  • External and internal audiences
  • The dissemination of messages
  • Election campaign evaluation
  • Communication of public institutions
  • Open government, social media management, and phase 3.0
  • Creation of a brand
  • Towards a greater definition of the professional profile
  • Strategic and transversal role of professionals in institutional communication
  • The institutional message
  • Individual leadership and team leadership
  • Local communication: social media management and spokesperson training
  • Local communication strategies: external and internal communication
  • Brand management
  • Crisis management and communication
Master's Final Project

The Master's Final Project can be done individually or in groups (maximum of three students) and requires putting into practice the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired throughout the course. This work can have a practical aspect (designing an institutional communication or political communication campaign, for example) or a theoretical aspect (analysing the use of social networks or the media of a party in a specific electoral period, among others) and, in both cases, ends with a public presentation before a committee made up of three professors from the program.

Note on the Curriculum

The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptation of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Complementary activities

The Master in Political and Institutional Communication also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • Sessions and conferences at institutions: In our commitment to providing unique experiences, we strive to organize visits to emblematic institutions such as the European Parliament, the Congress of Deputies, and the Parliament of Catalonia, so you can get an up-close look at the daily lives of professionals.
  • UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.
  • International mobility: The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through the International Mobility Programme. Extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain an electronic degree (e-Título) for the Máster de Formación Permanente en Comunicación Política e Institucional issued by the Pompeu Fabra University

The e-Título is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.
 

Faculty

The teaching staff of this master's is made up of different communication professionals: political advisers, consultants, communication technicians from different levels of institutions, etc. All of them have extensive experience in the world of political communication and a long professional career. Come and get to know them.

Academic directors

Coordinator

Faculty

Collaborating faculty

  • Carles Aceña Foguet
    Government of Catalonia’s Communication General Director since 2021. Previously, head of communication of Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña (ERC).
  • Reinald Besalú Casademont
    PhD in Public Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Deputy Director of the Ideograma UPF Chair of Political Communication and Democracy. He has been a professor and researcher at UPF, and is now a professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
  • Josep Maria Brugués del Moral
    Corporate communication and crisis consultant.
    Postgraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Washington at Seattle (USA).
  • Pau Canaleta Heras
    Political and institutional communication consultant.
    He is also a regular contributor to RAC1, Canal 324, Catalunya Ràdio, Radio Euskadi, 8TV, Cadena SER, Hora Nova and Diari de Girona.
  • Arantxa Capdevila Gómez
    PhD in Audiovisual Communication. Professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Her areas of research are public opinion and discursive resources in political communication, especially the use of rhetoric and metaphors in political language.
  • Antonio Carmona Arévalo
    Head of press at RENFE and Head of Communication at RENFE-Catalunya.
  • Santiago Castelo Heymann
    Political analyst and consultant at Ideograma. PhD in Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is the author of several academic articles and expert in political leadership constructions in social networks.
  • Mireia Castelló Fosch
    Political scientist and political communication consultant.
  • Laia Castro Herrero
    PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Fribourg. Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Barcelona. Expert in public opinion, behaviour and political mediatisation. 
  • Aleix Clarió Herranz
    Advisor in digital communication. He has advised President Quim Torra, the Ministry of Digital Policies and Public Administration, and the Ministry of Research and Universities of the Generalitat.
  • Joel Codina Valls
    Communicator, strategist and photographer. He has worked as head of image of PDeCAT and in the Vice-Presidency of the Generalitat with Pere Aragonès. He has been responsible for the image of the Ministry of Research and Universities.
  • Joan Corbella Cordomí
    Professor of Journalism at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Researcher in communication policies and structures, and expert in audience analysis. He is content director at the Observatorio de la Producción Audiovisual (OPA).
  • Roger Cuartielles Saura
    Professor and predoctoral researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Academic coordinator of the master's degree. His research interests include disinformation and fact-checking in crisis situations, and digital political communication. He has also taught at the UB and the Blanquerna-URL.
  • Jaume Duch Guillot
    Dircom and spokesman of the European Parliament. 
  • Josep Escudé Pont
    Dircom of the Parliament of Catalonia. 
  • Carles Fabró Ràfols
    Chief of protocol for decades in the Government of Catalonia. 
  • Pablo Gómez Domínguez    
    PhD in Communication from Pompeu Fabra University.
    Lecturer and researcher at the UPF specializing in audiences and media behavior.
  • Jordi Graells Costa
    General Director of Citizen Attention of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Graduate in Human Geography.
  • Meritxell Grané Solsona
    Specialist in protocol.
  • Marc Grau Solés
    Consultant specialised in public policies.
  • Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí
    Communication advisor and political consultant. 
    Director of the political and institutional communication consulting firm Ideograma.
  • Marc Homedes Moradell
    Head of press of the General Directorate of Civil Protection.
    Postgraduate degree in Strategic Communication from Esade.
  • Mònika Jiménez Morales
    PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Advertising and Public Relations at UPF. Her research interests focus on strategic communication and the impact of advertising on society.
  • Mihalis Kavaratzis
    Professor of Marketing at the University of Leicester.
    PhD in City Marketing from the University of Groningen.
  • Ferran Lalueza Bosch
    Professor of Information and Communication Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and expert in crisis communication.
    D. in Journalism from Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Marcos Lamelas López
    Journalist of political, economic and financial information at El Confidencial. PhD in Journalism from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Jordi Llobet Llorens
    Communication consultant, expert in public speaking and spokesperson in critical situations.
  • Joan López Alegre
    Journalist. Strategycomm CEO. Communications Director of the European Parliament Vice-President (2004-2014), he has participated in the management of municipal, regional, general and European campaigns for Cs, PP, UDC, VOX and PSC.
  • Guillem López Bonafont
    Political scientist and digital strategy and reputation consultant.
  • Rafael López Rueda
    Sociologist. He has been a consultant in different public administrations: Barcelona City Council and Government of Spain, and deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia for the PP. He is currently a consultant specialised in political and social analysis.
  • Clàudia Martínez Piñero
    Head of Press for Junts per Catalunya. She has also been responsible for communication in the CAR of Sant Cugat and press officer of the Olympic pre-candidacy Pirineus-Barcelona. 
  • Laia Mauri Baraza
    Political scientist and communication advisor, currently in the CUP’s communication and press team. Expert in Venezuelan politics, gender and governmental systems.
  • Jordi Muñoz Mendoza
    PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, expert in demoscopy and electoral processes. Currently, director of the Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió de la Generalitat.
  • Joaquim Nadal i Farreras
    Minister of Research and Universities of the Generalitat since 2022. Previously, director of the Catalan Institute for Heritage Research (2013-2022), Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat (2003-2010), and PSC deputy.
  • Mercè Oliva Rota
    PhD in Social Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Professor of Audiovisual Communication at the UPF. Her research interests include television studies, celebrification, cultural studies and the culture of fame.
  • Cristina Perales Garcia
    PhD in Journalism and Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Professor at Pompeu Fabra University specialising in gender, discourse analysis and narrative semiotics.
  • Salvador Percastre-Mendizábal
    PhD in Political Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research interests are political processes and media, and emergency communication.
  • Patrícia Plaja Pérez
    Journalist. She is spokesperson for the Government of the Generalitat. She has also been head of Communication of the Mossos d'Esquadra.
  • Xavier Peytibi Carbonel
    Political and public communication advisor at the consulting firm Ideograma. Graduate in International Relations from the University of Barcelona.
  • Ivan Redondo Bacaicoa
    Consultant and former cabinet director of Moncloa with Pedro Sánchez.
  • Antoni Rodon Casarramona
    European PhD in Political Science. Lecturer at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and at Stanford University in California. His research interests include participation and comparative politics.
  • Rosario Rodríguez García
    Dircom of the Congress of Deputies.
  • Joan Roselló Cardona
    Managing Partner at Public Affairs Experts.
    PhD in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid.
    He is also a member of the chair of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
  • Xavier Ruiz Collantes
    Department of Communication professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Specialist in persuasive message analysis, critical discourse analysis and narrative semiotics.
  • Francesc Santiago Camps
    Technical press coordinator of the Mayor's Office of Barcelona.
  • Marçal Sarrats Ferrés
    Dircom of President Pere Aragonès.
  • Guillem Suau Gomila
    PhD in Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
    Journalism professor and researcher at the University of Lleida. He has also been a lecturer and researcher at the UPF. His research interests are political communication, crisis and emergencies, and social network analysis.
  • Sara Vinyals Mirabent
    PhD in Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Professor of Advertising and Public Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research interests focus on the areas of persuasive communication, with special attention to advertising and branding.

Methodology

The methodology of the Master in Political and Institutional Communication is framed, mainly, around different types of sessions that are complemented with conferences, practice, visits to institutions and the monitoring of the Master's Final Project.

01

Theoretical sessions

During the master there will be sessions in which fundamental and advanced knowledge about methods applicable to the professional practice of political and institutional communication will be imparted.

02

Case analysis sessions

Descriptive, analytical, critical, and evaluation explanations will also be made of specific processes concerning the development of campaigns that have been undertaken and their results. Students will be encouraged to participate in critical analysis and evaluation of the proposals presented and the results obtained.

03

Practical sessions

Starting from specific explanations undertaken in theoretical sessions or case analysis, practical exercises will be carried out to solve a political or institutional communication problem. The practices will be evaluated by the professors who put them forward in the theoretical sessions or case analysis.

04

Conferences and sessions at institutions

Different professionals from specific fields of political and institutional communication will offer a conference, followed by a debate with the students. In addition, insofar as is possible, visits will be made to different institutions to learn about the day-to-day life of political communication professionals. In previous editions, the European Parliament, the Congress of Deputies and the Parliament of Catalonia, among others, have been visited.

05

Master's Final Project Tutoring

Students must carry out a Master's Final Project during which they will have a tutor who will advise and guide them to obtain the best result. Follow-up sessions of the project will be held throughout the course and each of its phases.

Evaluation

Each module is evaluated independently:

  • 10% participation in the classroom
  • Between 20% and 30% (depending on the module) of the activities and presentations made in class
  • Between 70% and 60% for the final task of the module.

Tools

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's Final Project (TFM) or  Postgrad Final Project (TFP)
  • A personal mentor to monitor your final project (TFM or TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The Master in Political and Institutional Communication offers transversal training to understand all the actors and institutions involved in political communication. Thanks to this coverage, the student will learn to apply the knowledge acquired to their professional career.

Student profile

The students of the Master in Political and Institutional Communication come from different areas of knowledge, mostly Journalism and Political Science. However, each year the classrooms have students from other fields as varied as Law, Philology, or Advertising and Public Relations.

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Average age

4

Average number of years of professional experience

19%

International students

Career opportunities

Thanks to its multilevel approach, the master's degree allows a wide range of professional opportunities in the labour market, depending on the participant's previous professional experience and their field of interest. In addition, it offers the possibility of extracurricular internships for those students who want to start in the sector.

  • Election campaign director
  • Advisor or person in charge of electoral communication
  • Institutional or political communication management
  • Spin Doctor
  • Director of institutional press office
  • Political and electoral consulting
  • Political/electoral speechwriter
  • Head of institutional or political press releases
  • Communicator in administrations (Presidencies, Ministries, Town Halls, etc.)
  • Communicator in institutions (NGOs, Think Tanks, Associations, Interest Groups, etc.)
  • Community Manager of political parties or institutions
  • Specialist in digital content and social media for institutions and political parties

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Merit Based Scholarship

Apply for our Merit Based Scholarship, awarded to those who prove they have talent and motivation.

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Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

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UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

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UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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Funding

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You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

CaixaBank
BBVA
Caixa d'Enginyers
AGAUR
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