Political Communication & Influence

Septembre 2022 / Octobre 2022
Classique / Formation en 2 ans
La Défense / Lyon / Bordeaux
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What is an MSc Political Communication & Influence?

Beyond a classical approach to the political and institutional world, this year allows students to understand and master the methods and techniques of public decision-making. Students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to measure public opinion, understand the balance of power and major political issues, understand the networks of influence and the mechanisms of political decision-making, and master the tools of political and institutional communication.

This first year of the MSc Political Studies program is a professionalization program, and the student is required to complete several months of internship (between 4 and 6 months).

The MSc Political Communication & Influence program

Première année

The courses are given in French.

Major course topics:

  • Analysis of the political news
  • Measuring public opinion
  • Stakes and structuring ideologies
  • Political and digital communication
  • Opinion media and influence
  • The new challenges of political communication
  • Professional and political networks
  • Lobby groups and interest representation
  • Political institutions and decision-making processes
  • Calls for tender and public procurement
  • Fight against corruption
  • Organization of public authorities
  • Research paper
  • LV1 English
  • LV2 – LV3 (German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese)

For this first year, there will be a common core of subjects and then specializations to choose from. At the end of the first year, students have a research paper to complete, for which they are accompanied by a research director, a specialist in the field. They are prepared in the framework of a research methodology seminar.

The course of the MSc Political Communication & Influence

The year consists of:

  • lectures
  • TD (Tutored Work) courses in small groups
  • group work
  • e-learning
  • seminars
  • face-to-face courses

Throughout the year, students are evaluated through continuous assessment. At the end of each semester, mid-term exams, case studies or oral exams are the methods used to evaluate the students.

Each fundamental course (lectures) is associated with tutorials in small groups and specialized conferences.

For the first year of the MSc program, there will be a thesis to be handed in at the end of the program and an oral presentation before a jury.

Each semester, in addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, in French and English, students are accompanied in :

  • Their preparation for the professional world and the search for an internship (between 4 and 6 months)
  • In the realization of individual or collective projects
  • In the organization of a series of conferences around public figures.

The prerequisites of the MSc Political Communication & Influence

Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+3 (180 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree in humanities, law, social sciences, politics or economics.

Access requirements for the MSc Political Communication & Influence

To enter the MSc 1, the student must put together an application file and pass an oral exam. All the details are explained in the MSc Admission page.

If a new student: the candidate obtains the results of the competition 4 weeks after presenting his/her file to a jury

If you are a former HEIP student: the re-enrollment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022.

Tuition fees for the MSc Political Communication & Influence for the academic year 2022-2023

By YearSchool Fees
Year 170 € of file fees
8 800 € with a reservation deposit of 1 100 €.
92 € CVEC tax to be paid before the start of the school year following registration

Practical information about the MSc Political Communication & Influence

Taux de réussite

For the MSc, the rate of integration into employment is within 6 months after graduation, i.e. 83% (year 2020).


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.


The courses take place in Paris, Lyon or Bordeaux:

Campus Paris Cœur Défense 2

82 Esplanade du Général de Gaulle

92934 Paris La Défense

Lyon Campus

25 rue de l’Université
69007 Lyon

Bordeaux Campus

Hangar 18, quai de Bacalan
33300 Bordeaux


The HEIP admission process is accessible to people with physical disabilities since the competition is 100% online.

For people with invisible or mental disabilities, the admission teams may adapt the tests.

All HEIP campuses (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and London) are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Referent for disability in Paris and Bordeaux:

Farida Cherkaoui


Referent for disability Lyon :

Karolina Paume


Updated 12 March 2024