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Strategic insight, practical skills. The purpose of the study programme is to provide you with knowledge of central concepts, models and theories related to corporate communication as well as practical skills in the strategic management of corporate communication processes and activities. Read more

Strategic insight, practical skills

The purpose of the study programme is to provide you with knowledge of central concepts, models and theories related to corporate communication as well as practical skills in the strategic management of corporate communication processes and activities. As a result, you will be qualified to undertake functions within corporate communication at a strategic level.

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The structure of the programme

This Master programme has a duration on 2 years and consists of 4 semesters.

The first semester includes Corporate Communication, Strategic Management in Organisations in a Communicative Perspective and Scientific Methods.

The second semester includes Change Communication, Crisis Communication and Stakeholder Relations.

The third semester includes electives combined with the possibility of a project-based internship. Thus, you are provided with the opportunity to specialise theoretically as well as practically within a specific area or field of corporate communication.

In your fourth semester you will write your Master's thesis. The topic of your thesis is up to you, but your academic advisor must approve it.

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Graduates from the Master programme in Corporate Communication are readily able to work in national and international companies and organisations as strategic employees at management level.

The work will typically be focused on communication, public relations, corporate branding, or in connection with a marketing division, in which our graduates have the full responsibility for planning the strategic communication with internal and external stakeholders.



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Learning objectives. The Master will enhance the potential of young brilliant professionals to tackle all the complexities of communication management. Read more

Learning objectives

The Master will enhance the potential of young brilliant professionals to tackle all the complexities of communication management. Each module of the Master training is designed to strengthen the students chance to become a sought out professional in the communication field. The Master training is centered on the most current and significant strategic and operational issues of communication in all its business configurations, in order to make students acquire the professional, interpersonal, and language skills necessary to be effective communicators in organizations.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

The Master graduates will gain 360 degrees of communication knowledge of strategic and operational management of communication (marketing communications/brand management, accounting and strategic planning, interactive/social media communications and community management, corporate public relations, internal communications, stakeholder relations). The Master supports students’ career openings by:

● Empowering students’ self-branding capability organizing classes focused on effective resume writing, job interview training, teamwork advice, as well as diversity and cross-cultural management;

● Supporting encounters between students and professionals directly in the classroom. Many of the professors are top executives that may hire students for internships

● Involving students in field trips to companies and agencies;

● Challenging students with a real consultancy field project. An opportunity to take on the full responsibility in managing a project and delivering a result by activating the knowledge developed in the classroom. Consultancy projects are a realistic and direct bridge with potential employers;

● Sharing students’ profiles with the Master’s partner companies and business liaisons beyond partners;

● Partnering with Università Cattolica Stage and Placement Office which collects and posts job opportunities. Over the past editions, students have been hired for internships at: BMW, FIAT, Ketchum Inc., L’Oréal, Leo Burnett, Mediacom, MSL Group, Pandora, TBWA Worldwide, and Vizeum Spa.

Curriculum

The 4 E of the Master in Corporate Communication excellence:

I- Enriching

● Corporate Communication

● Communication Planning and measurement

● Brand management & consumer-brand relationships 

● B2C & B2B Marketing

● Qualitative & quantitative market research 

● Communication skills

● Professional life and negotiation

● Advanced English for relationship management (Language courses are alternative options )

● Italian language and culture (Language courses are alternative options )

● Far East culture and language (Language courses are alternative options )

II- Empowering

● Social Media Management

● Market Insights

● Advertising Creative & Media\Budgeting Strategy

● Consumer Behaviour

● Public Relations

● Retail Experience

III-Enhancing:

● Business-to-Business Relationships

● Internal Communication

● Event Management

● Crisis Communication and issue management

IV- Experiencing

  • Creativity Lab
  • Consultancy Project Ongoing
  • Professional training (individual assessment interviews; self-branding sessions; team-working support; diversity management training; job interview simulation; field trips)

Location

Milan boasts extraordinary beauty. The city has inspired the creativity behind some of the world’s iconic fashion and design labels. Milan is recognized as a fashion and design capital, and has a major global influence in commerce, industry, music, sport, literature, art, and media.

We support you

Students receive support through comput- ing platforms including teaching, discussion forum, group work and tutorship. There is a tutor tailored for every consultancy field project group. Within the program there is a strong involvement of student group works and meetings with companies.

Our companies

Supporting Companies: Leo Burnett, MSL Group

Partner Companies: ABC Production Agency, Henkel, International Advertising Association, Intesa Sanpaolo, Italian Brand Factory, Iterion, Mediacom, MSL Group, TBWA, Vizeum Aegis Media Group, We are social

Consultancy projects: Google, Disney, Leo Burnett, Lovable, Mars, MSL, Vizeum, 3M (previous editions of the Master)

Liaisons companies: Coop, Ecor Naturasi, Heineken, Lego (involved in class presentations and assignments).

Scholarships

All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline. Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.

Scholarship value: €2500



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Corporate Communication is an all-encompassing term referring to businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations (Non Governmental Organisations), and is increasingly replacing the terms public relations and public affairs in the communication industry. Read more

Corporate Communication is an all-encompassing term referring to businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations (Non Governmental Organisations), and is increasingly replacing the terms public relations and public affairs in the communication industry.

The Faculty of Media and Communication has extensive experience in the research and teaching of corporate communication and public relations, having been one of the first UK universities to launch undergraduate studies in PR in the late 1980s. This course draws on the expertise of academics who are engaged in leading-edge research and consultancy work, and you will benefit from studying in a department with an excellent reputation within the industry, as well as strong links with both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

This course offers you the opportunity to specialise in a variety of areas of communication management, whilst developing insights into the latest techniques used in communication research, planning and evaluation. A professional ‘Boot Camp’, with the collaboration of public relations and communication agencies and relevant professional associations, will offer you the opportunity to be embedded within agencies or in-house communication departments for up to two weeks, typically in London. By the end of the challenge, you will be able to draw on real-world experience and will be able to start to develop your professional career, capitalise on networking opportunities and evaluating and planning your own career trajectories.



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This part-time program at IE University trains top management professionals to strengthen and update their knowledge to manage reputation and communication with stakeholders in order to increase corporate value in today’s complex and digital world. Read more
This part-time program at IE University trains top management professionals to strengthen and update their knowledge to manage reputation and communication with stakeholders in order to increase corporate value in today’s complex and digital world.

After completing the program, students will be able to pursue senior positions such as: Global Crisis Communication Director, Senior Marketing Communication Manager, New Media Strategist, Digital Marketing Manager, Brand Manager, Corporate Communication Officer, Head of Campaign Unit, Director of Corporate Affairs, Head of Public Relations and Media Relations, Head of Internal Relations and Social Media Manager. These positions may be undertaken in global corporations, advertising and media agencies, non-profit foundations, governmental parties, institutional communication agencies & consultancies.

Quick Facts

Intake: April

Language: English

Format: Online + Face to Face

Duration: 1 year

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The Master in Corporate Communication (MCC) at IE University offers a unique combination of Communication and Managerial skills. The program provides the latest skills in communication with a strategic, managerial and analytical approach. Read more
The Master in Corporate Communication (MCC) at IE University offers a unique combination of Communication and Managerial skills. The program provides the latest skills in communication with a strategic, managerial and analytical approach. Once you complete the program, you can achieve managerial positions in branding, marketing communication, public relations, reputation management, advertising management, public affairs, stakeholder management, as well as internal and external communication.

Quick Facts

Intake: October

Language: English

Format: Full Time

Duration: 10 months

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This course offers a critical examination of the academic theories and contemporary professional practices that shape the profession in the 21st century. Read more

This course offers a critical examination of the academic theories and contemporary professional practices that shape the profession in the 21st century.

The course will focus on the design and planning of organisational change campaigns, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and rhetorical and non-rhetorical responses and tactics to tackle issues and crises. Students will be equipped with the tools and skills needed to address different stakeholders and to approach any challenge from a strategic perspective.

Also the course programme is taught by professionals with extensive experience in different areas of the industry and its content has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). This certifies that our students will have the opportunity to learn up to date techniques that are relevant to the current workplace, whether their prospective or current posts involve practicing at a local, national or an international level.

What happens on the course?

Typical core modules include:

  • Principles of Public Relations and Management
  • Organisational Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Communicating CSR
  • The PR Agency; Enterprise in Practice
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communication Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

Case studies and essays.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will study PR from a range of different perspectives, considering the impact of PR on society and the media. You will also learn the techniques and practices of public relations that contribute to the evolution of PR as a management discipline.

Our teaching staff comes from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. They have had considerable experience of working in PR and other media sectors of the industry. Close contact with the industry enables staff to invite guest speakers and visiting lectures who are involved in various aspects of the industry in the UK and abroad.

This course is not only recognised by the CIPR but our institution is also a partner university of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). Therefore students from recognised courses or partner universities can become members of these professional bodies after paying a fee. While studying at Wolverhampton students may enjoy discounts on training activities, have free access to some instruction materials (available online) and other resources.

What our students think

"I found the course interesting. It was a big challenge and a great experience. It encouraged me to discover new ideas that I did not realise were of interest to me. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in combining ideas from fields such as business, communication and journalism."

Chra Majeed

Career path

There are two distinct areas of practice: in-house, working for an organisation, or working at an agency, where you will be advising a range of clients.

Public relations practitioners are responsible for: internal communications, media relations, public affairs/lobbying, community relations, corporate social responsibility, investor relations or financial public relations. They also manage issues, crisis and business-to-business relations.

Graduates may go on to assist human resources departments, activist organisations or public sector institutions with social change/social marketing campaigns.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse on-going debates relevant to the field of public relations and the media industry in general.
  • Produce specific situational analyses and assessments of the political, economic, social and technical factors surrounding an organisation or sector.
  • Draw upon academic models and frameworks for planning, implementing and delivering effective communication and managerial tactics.
  • Interact with culturally diverse stakeholders or constituents to negotiate positive outcomes in challenging situations for all the parties involved, following ethical and professional principles.
  • Apply technical knowledge of ICTs to the process of planning and managing organisational outcomes, as well as well as to the production of media content for new media/digital platforms.
  • Carry out academic research demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the subject and originality.


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This course involves combining communication studies, applied linguistics, international management and intercultural communication. Read more

This course involves combining communication studies, applied linguistics, international management and intercultural communication.

Economic globalisation and rapid developments in ICT mean that many organisations now operate on an international scale, or at the very least interact with consumers, clients and/or partner organisations in other countries. Even ‘local’ companies and organisations may have a multicultural workforce, or offer their services or products abroad. As a result, communication has become increasingly international and intercultural.

Organisations seek to create communication strategies that support their overall strategy and objectives. In doing so, they need to interact with stakeholders who may have a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. These stakeholders may include employees, customers, suppliers, financial backers or even local governments. In the Master’s specialisation in International Business Communication, you’ll learn about the all factors, including cultural and linguistic ones, that play a role in communication and need to be taken into account in order to create effective communication strategies.

In your future career as a business executive or communication specialist, you’ll need to be able to assess the quality, reliability and validity of the research that informs your practical decisions ‘on the job’. In other words, you’ll need to be able to judge whether existing research – as well as your own – complies with the ground rules of academic rigor. The programme therefore places emphasis not only on training your research skills but also on developing your awareness of what ‘good research’ entails.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ibc

Why study International Business Communication at Radboud University?

- This is one of very few programmes in Europe (and the only programme in the Netherlands) that also focuses on the cultural and linguistic dimensions of international business communication.

- The specialisation deals with theory and insights that are relevant to achieving effective communication in various organisational contexts; from interpersonal communication in a meeting with (multicultural) colleagues, to marketing communication aimed at reaching international target audiences.

- Students do a (group) internship in which they work towards solving a particular communication issue or answering a specific communication question for a company or organisation. This provides hands-on experience in a relevant organisational setting.

- This specialisation attracts students from different countries and because admission to the programme is selective (max. 50 students per year), you’ll be part of a small group of highly motivated Dutch and international students. This means that to a certain extent, your learning environment is international as well.

- Guest speakers are regularly invited to share their knowledge about current developments in business, management and organisational communication.

- Although the main focus is on international communication in larger, multinational companies, graduates of this programme will be able to apply what they’ve learned in a variety of organisations – for profit, non-profit or governmental institutes.

Language(s) and management perspective

Languages form the heart of communication and that is why this Master’s specialisation is taught within Radboud University’s Faculty of Arts. The programme places a strong focus on the role that languages play in effective corporate communication. Of course, the languages used are not the only factor to consider in a multicultural environment - which is why you will be encouraged to also consider communication issues and strategy from an international management perspective.

In short, you’ll explore the impact of globalisation on business communication, the role of linguistic and cultural diversity in corporate communication, and the human and operational consequences of organisations’ language policy or strategies. In doing so, you’ll also come to understand how such issues can shape and affect an organisation’s performance.

Career prospects

With a Master’s specialisation in International Business Communication, you could pursue a career in government, semi-government, business or academia. For example, our graduates work as internal or external communication managers or press spokespeople in companies, government departments, health institutions or non-profit organisations. Many work in marketing communications at multinational companies, as communication trainers for consultancies, as social media managers or as PR consultants.

- International perspectives

Since the programme focuses on communication in international contexts, and on communication with international target groups, a sizable number of graduates have found jobs outside the Netherlands or with international organisations operating from the Netherlands.

- Wide range of communication functions

Job openings for our graduates can cover a wide range of communication functions, organisational types and (business) sectors. This is because organisations have increasingly come to realise that effective communication is essential to all organisational functions (e.g. marketing, PR, HRM, R&D, finance), and have made a real effort over the past decades to professionalise communications, making (international) business communication an increasingly important discipline.

Our approach to this field

Corporate communication involves orchestrating internal and external communication instruments to support an organisation’s core activities and to manage its relationship with different types of stakeholders. Due to the internationalisation of markets and businesses, corporate communication has gone global in recent years. Organisations that operate internationally need to take different cultures and language backgrounds into account when designing their communication. Culture and language(s) may affect international communication at three levels:

- The management level: e.g. when CEOs communicate with internal or external audiences

- The organisational level: e.g. when a company communicates about its Corporate Social Responsibility policy

- The marketing level: e.g. when products or services are promoted to an international audience in (corporate) advertising.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ibc

Radboud University Master's Open Day 10 March 2018



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Our Corporate Communications and Public Relations degree provides the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career within PR and Public Affairs. Read more

Our Corporate Communications and Public Relations degree provides the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career within PR and Public Affairs. Corporate Communications is an essential function within contemporary business environments. This course has been developed in direct response to employers' needs through close consultation with leading practitioners and professional bodies. Regular events provide key networking opportunities and students are encouraged to attend visits to media organisations and other local events which take place through the year.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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The Master in International Communication (MIC) is an ambitious double degree programme for those who aspire to an international career as a communication practitioner in senior managerial or consultancy positions, responsible for the external and internal communication of an organisation. Read more
The Master in International Communication (MIC) is an ambitious double degree programme for those who aspire to an international career as a communication practitioner in senior managerial or consultancy positions, responsible for the external and internal communication of an organisation.

Four universities across Europe, all specialising in communication and public relations in international professional contexts, have joined forces to create this unique joint programme offering you the full benefit of their collective expertise and international networks. This consortium consists of:

• The Netherlands: Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
• The United Kingdom: Leeds Beckett University
• Italy: IULM University, Milan
• Lithuania: Vilnius University

The MIC offers you the opportunity to study at two universities and graduate with two Master’s degrees and the Geert Hofstede Consortium certificate. The programme starts each September and consists of three semesters (90 European credits). During the first semester you will study at one of the consortium universities, and for your second semester you will study at one of the other consortium universities. During the third semester, you will write your dissertation under the supervision of these two universities.

Career Focused

How is the career perspective built into the MIC programme? Throughout your study, you will analyse and solve real corporate communication problems provided by companies and governmental and non-governmental organisations. While acquiring the necessary expertise, you will at the same time acquire the knowledge and skills you need to be able to work within an international, complex and ever-changing business context. In doing so, you will not only be achieving an academic milestone, you will also be building your business network and complementing your résumé with work experiences.

MIC Curriculum Overview

Semester 1: Core Programme (30 European credits)
The first semester introduces you to the full breadth of the profession. What are the roles and responsibilities of the communication professional in an organisation from a strategic perspective? Which main functional areas are there? How does culture influence communication? What is the relationship between the organisation and its international and intercultural environment? You will complete this semester at one of the consortium universities of your choice.

Semester 2: Specialisations (30 European credits)
During the second semester you will complete a number of specialisations from another consortium universities of your choice. The specialisations are, by definition, in tune with what is happening in the professional field and can change according. The specialisations include:

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands
• Intercultural Management
• International marketing communication
• International public affairs & corporate communication

IULM International University of Languages and Media, Milan, Italy
• Development and communication
• Public affairs and advocacy
• Social responsibility and communication

Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, The United Kingdom
• Public relations skills
• Communication audits
• Digital communication management

Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
• International crisis communication management
• Innovative methods in corporate communication
• Media and sustainable development

Semester 3: The Graduation Project (30 European credits)
The graduation Project consists of a master’s dissertation and a personal development portfolio. You must demonstrate mastery of those competences required to obtain the title Master in International Communication. You will choose a professional role and analytically solve a problem for an outside client or stakeholders (working in-house or as a consultant). The result of this project will be based on applied research and the use of an appropriate methodology. Every problem requires a solution from an international or intercultural perspective. The dissertation is completed under the supervision of two universities.

MIC graduate profile

As a graduate of the Master in International Communication you will be an interculturally competent communication professional able to work in a global context. You will be able to anticipate changes and develop, implement and manage sustainable and innovative solutions to communication issues. As a graduate, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work at managerial or consultancy level.

Career Prospects

Based on the MIC Alumni Evaluation conducted in 2015, 91.6% of the MIC graduates have found a job within a year after graduating. Graduates have found jobs as Communications manager, Communications consultant, Director of communication and external relations, Image and communications manager, Marketing & communications executive, Content and media manager, Social media research officer, Senior international relations officer, Events officer and Project manager. Companies where our graduates have found positions include Google, Edelman PR, Ogilvy Group, Walt Disney, Hewlett Packard, IBM, ABN-Amro bank and governmental institutions.

Admission requirements

• Previous study in one of the following fields: communication, humanities, social sciences, business, management. Extensive work experience may also be considered.
• English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5, no subscores below 5.5 or TOEFL: 90 (internet). IELTS or TOEFL must not be older than two years.

The MIC is a fully accredited programme.

For more information about admission and application visit: http://www.hanzegroningen.eu/mic or http://www.masterinternationalcommunication.eu

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This course is designed to produce highly competent communicators for the modern business and media world. Combining the theory with the practice of communication, it has a distinctive vocational orientation and focuses on English as the medium of communication. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is designed to produce highly competent communicators for the modern business and media world. Combining the theory with the practice of communication, it has a distinctive vocational orientation and focuses on English as the medium of communication.

The course can be studied through campus-based learning or through distance learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Study the nature and function of communication in the modern world, so you will be able to produce text (written, spoken, printed and broadcast) for different purposes
Better understand and use modern communication technologies

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is designed for graduates from any discipline who wish to work in business, commerce and the media as highly competent communicators. The course combines the theory of communication with the practice of communication, has a distinctive vocational orientation and focuses on English as the medium of communication.

Module Details

MA Communication and Applied Linguistics balances theory and practice and features units that have a high degree of professional relevance and training.

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units.

Core:

Theory and Practice of Communication: This unit deals examines communication theory and practice in a range of contexts. Students will use various analytical tools to examine different areas of communication (e.g. corporate communication, mass communication and semiotics. Through engaging with this unit, students can gain a practical understanding of communication which they can apply to their professional lives.

Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised.

Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process.

2 options:

Technical Communication: This unit is designed to develop students’ ability to communicate technical information effectively to specific audiences. It will examine a range of factors that can influence the effectiveness of communication and provide strategies to overcome communication problems.

Intercultural Communication: This unit deals with intercultural communication issues in a global setting. Students can benefit from an awareness of the various factors including cultural factors, which influence communication in order to improve their own knowledge and practice of communication.

Communication in the Workplace: This unit examines how language is used in workplace settings. Analysing and evaluating a range of spoken, written and digital texts, can help students to reflect on and improve their own knowledge and practice of communication.

Digital Communication and Media Development: This unit is designed to give students a theoretical and a practical knowledge of digital media development and implementation. Students will use a range of software applications to design or develop their own digital marketing applications.

Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students’ previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA.

Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Please note. All optional units are subject to staff availability and student demand.

Exit levels

The credit system creates a flexible framework in which you can graduate with one of the following awards, depending on the number of credits gained:

MA Communication and Applied Linguistics (four core units plus the research management and dissertation units) 180 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Communication and Applied Linguistics: 120 credits
Postgraduate Certificate in Communication and Applied Linguistics: 60 credits

Programme Assessment

Full time study is one full academic year, consisting of a taught part from October to June and a research part, in which the dissertation is written, from June to September. Part time students study for a period of two years. The dissertation is written in the summer period of the second year of study.

There are no formal examinations. A variety of different assessment methods are used which include essays, projects, portfolios, presentations and your dissertation. The research management unit will prepare you for your dissertation and you will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will oversee your work throughout the process. You will also be encouraged to start thinking about it from the start of the course and submit a series of interim documents.

Student Destinations

Graduates will be able to progress to jobs in the public and private sectors in various areas of communication including, advertising, publishing, human resources departments, in higher education in their own country or elsewhere, or continue on to undertake doctoral research. Possession of a Masters qualification is often viewed as a requirement for promotion to a more responsible position where you may already be working.

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Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world on this accredited course. Read more

Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world on this accredited course.

The use of the internet, mobile technology and social media has had a huge impact on our lives and the way we communicate ? information is quite literally available at our fingertips and word of mouth is spreading faster than ever before. This trend is leading to a greater demand for communications professionals who can plan strategic PR campaigns and implement social media and viral campaigns in order to drive businesses forward in the digital age.

You will be paired with an experienced mentor from industry, who will offer valuable advice on your future career and the latest developments in the field. You will also take on a live public relations consultancy project for a client.

You will have the option to undertake a work placement module in your second semester. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Course Benefits

Your employability will be enhanced by a three-step system - a work placement, real-life project and through guidance from your mentor. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe and these opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

This course forms part of our Leeds Business School which has been at the forefront of public relations education, both nationally and internationally, since 1990. We are a centre for excellence for public relations and communications teaching in the UK and Europe and our academics have substantial professional experience in the subject. The late Alan Rawel, who was Head of Education at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), described us as 'one of the leading university PR departments in Europe'.

The bestselling textbook 'Exploring Public Relations' is edited by our very own Prof Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans, with chapters written by members of our subject group. It is now in its second edition and has been adopted as a standard text by many universities all over the world as well as by the CIPR professional courses.

Our strong relationships with employers and professionals give you the opportunity to do a placement with PR consultancies and in-house PR departments. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe. These opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

Core Modules

  • Digital Communication Management
  • Dissertation
  • Corporate Communication in an Intercultural Context
  • Public Relations Skills
  • Strategic Communication Planning & Management
  • Communications Audit

Option modules

  • Marketing Communications Strategy
  • Work Placement
  • International Marketing - Emerging Markets
  • Global Business Environment

Job prospects

With guidance from your mentor and backed by the experiences gleaned from your work placement and consultancy project, your career prospects will be significantly strengthened. A study abroad option will enable you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe. These opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and strategic communication.

  • Digital communications manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Press officer
  • Social media manager


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On this course you can. Study the nature and function of communication in the modern world, so you will be able to produce text (written, spoken, printed and broadcast) for different purposes. Read more
[[Why take this course?[[

This course is designed to produce highly competent communicators for the modern business and media world. Combining the theory with the practice of communication, it has a distinctive vocational orientation and focuses on English as the medium of communication.

The course can be studied through campus-based learning or through distance learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Study the nature and function of communication in the modern world, so you will be able to produce text (written, spoken, printed and broadcast) for different purposes
Better understand and use modern communication technologies

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is designed for graduates from any discipline who wish to work in business, commerce and the media as highly competent communicators. The course combines the theory of communication with the practice of communication, has a distinctive vocational orientation and focuses on English as the medium of communication.

Module Details

MA Communication and Applied Linguistics balances theory and practice and features units that have a high degree of professional relevance and training.

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units.

Core:

Theory and Practice of Communication: This unit deals examines communication theory and practice in a range of contexts. Students will use various analytical tools to examine different areas of communication (e.g. corporate communication, mass communication and semiotics. Through engaging with this unit, students can gain a practical understanding of communication which they can apply to their professional lives.

Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised.

Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process.

2 options:

Technical Communication: This unit is designed to develop students’ ability to communicate technical information effectively to specific audiences. It will examine a range of factors that can influence the effectiveness of communication and provide strategies to overcome communication problems.

Intercultural Communication: This unit deals with intercultural communication issues in a global setting. Students can benefit from an awareness of the various factors including cultural factors, which influence communication in order to improve their own knowledge and practice of communication.

Communication in the Workplace: This unit examines how language is used in workplace settings. Analysing and evaluating a range of spoken, written and digital texts, can help students to reflect on and improve their own knowledge and practice of communication.

Digital Communication and Media Development: This unit is designed to give students a theoretical and a practical knowledge of digital media development and implementation. Students will use a range of software applications to design or develop their own digital marketing applications.

Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students’ previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA.

Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Please note. All optional units are subject to staff availability and student demand.

Exit levels

The credit system creates a flexible framework in which you can graduate with one of the following awards, depending on the number of credits gained:

MA Communication and Applied Linguistics (four core units plus the research management and dissertation units) 180 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Communication and Applied Linguistics: 120 credits
Postgraduate Certificate in Communication and Applied Linguistics: 60 credits

Programme Assessment

Full time study is one full academic year, consisting of a taught part from October to June and a research part, in which the dissertation is written, from June to September. Part time students study for a period of two years. The dissertation is written in the summer period of the second year of study.

There are no formal examinations. A variety of different assessment methods are used which include essays, projects, portfolios, presentations and your dissertation. The research management unit will prepare you for your dissertation and you will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will oversee your work throughout the process. You will also be encouraged to start thinking about it from the start of the course and submit a series of interim documents.

Student Destinations

Graduates will be able to progress to jobs in the public and private sectors in various areas of communication including, advertising, publishing, human resources departments, in higher education in their own country or elsewhere, or continue on to undertake doctoral research. Possession of a Masters qualification is often viewed as a requirement for promotion to a more responsible position where you may already be working.

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The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is offered in a choice of two routes. MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management – a one year standard master's. Read more

About the Course

The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is offered in a choice of two routes:
MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management – a one year standard master's

OR

MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) 16 months

The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. You can read more about this in the Special Features section.

The MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a 16 week work placement component at a company or a consultancy. This unique feature of the work placement distinguishes our programme from other similar Masters in the country.

The Applied Corporate Brand Management programme covers issues of branding in blue chip companies, the service industry, banks, petroleum companies, lifestyle organisations, corporate brand heritage, nation and place branding.

You will examine the core contents of branding at the corporate level rather than at the product level. In other words, teaching on the programme focuses on branding of the corporation rather than branding the product.

The focus on corporate branding considers the following components:
Corporate identity
Corporate image and reputation
Corporate design
Corporate culture
Corporate behaviour
Corporate brand structure and brand strategy

You will undertake a project in collaboration with branding firms as part of your consultancy-based dissertation option. Examples include projects that are concerned with measuring the corporate image and ascertaining brand success of a chosen corporation.

Aims

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to study and evaluate not only contemporary theory relating to corporate branding, the programme will also offer you the chance to examine current research relating to the management of an organisation’s corporate reputation, its corporate identity and its corporate communications.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the issues related to marketing at a corporate level.

You will gain a comprehensive appreciation of how to apply corporate branding and marketing theory and practice in the context of a contemporary organisation.

Course Content

Our MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues
Applied Corporate Branding
Strategic Corporate Brand Management and Consulting                             
Strategic Corporate Marketing
Marketing Communications
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional

Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Consumer Behaviour
International Management
Entrepreneurship

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

Besides formal teaching and the Professional Practice, you are exposed to the myriad of practical applications of the theories taught, such as:
Guest speakers and feedback from the industry and brand consultancies.
Career talks and presentations.

As well as this, previous Applied Corporate Brand Management students are invited to share their experiences with you, giving you first-hand insight into how the course can impact your career

Corporate Advisory Board

The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. From advising blue-chip companies on brand strategy, to implementing brand communications for employees and customers all over the world, their experience is invaluable to our MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management programme. They also share their expertise with students as visiting lecturers, act as a sounding board for our academic plans, and offer placements, projects, field trips and other practitioner-based components.

Accreditation

Memberships

Chartered Management Institute (CMI): A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Teaching

A particular feature of our Applied Corporate Brand Management course is the use of case studies to contextualise contemporary theory and practice and the importance attached to class presentations to demonstrate the ability to apply theory in practice.
This interactive course, and the Strategic Corporate Brand Management and Consulting and Applied Corporate Branding modules in particular, allow you to engage with current industry experts who provide extra support and guidance in your coursework, classwork and presentations.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable emphasis on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

Modes of study

1-year, full-time starting in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes seven modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Work Placements

Work placements are offered to suitable candidates where available with, for example, companies represented on the Applied Corporate Brand Management Advisory Board. Amongst others are:
Heathrow Airport
BrandPie
Telefónica Europe
Radley Yeldar
Mars
Jim Northover Limited
Network Rail
leapSTONE
Right Management
Tata Beverages
Tetley Tea

Placements take place over four months, from 1 September to 31 January the following year and previous placements involved roles such as project manager, marketing executive, brand researcher, internal communication officer and marketing officer amongst others.

Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary.

On completion of the placement, students proceed to find full-time employment in branding and advertising roles in the UK or abroad.

The purpose of the placement is to provide you with hands-on experience working with a brand consultant or a brand-related department of an organisation in the UK. It is an integral part of the course and you will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement.

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From social media to digital storytelling, the communication field is evolving at an exponential pace. Step up to new career challenges—now and in the future—with a master’s degree in communication from Walden. Read more

From social media to digital storytelling, the communication field is evolving at an exponential pace.

Step up to new career challenges—now and in the future—with a master’s degree in communication from Walden. One of the first of its kind, this online program can give you a professional edge in an industry that’s ever-changing.

Featuring coursework grounded in the latest communication practices and theories, the online MS in Communication program prepares you to craft compelling messages for local, national, and global audiences and translate that messaging into different media. Real-world scenarios and projects enable you to learn how to effectively develop, execute, and measure integrated communication strategies using both traditional and innovative channels.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or explore exciting new career opportunities in marketing, public relations, digital media, social media, or corporate communication, earning your master’s degree in communication from Walden can help you get there.

Earn a Professional Credential Prior to Getting Your Degree

Walden’s online master’s degree in communication program offers an embedded Graduate Certificate in Communication, which you are eligible for after the first four courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the master’s in communication program will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze media from producer and consumer perspectives
  2. Apply communication theories and principles effectively
  3. Use appropriate traditional and digital media to attain desired results
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how the regulatory environment impacts the communication field
  5. Evaluate communication plans and activities
  6. Implement communication plans and activities that will result in achievement of organizational goals
  7. Practice ethically in the field of communication
  8. Communicate professionally with stakeholders
  9. Use the creative process to solve organizational issues

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

A Versatile and Relevant Degree

Earning an MS in Communication from Walden can prepare you to advance your career in a variety of challenging and rewarding fields, including:

  • Corporate communications
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Media management
  • Nonprofit communication management
  • Employee relations
  • Copywriting
  • Editing/reporting
  • Social media
  • Training development
  • Lobbying
  • Speechwriting
  • Organizational development


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M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing enables to work professionally in a broad range of new communication fields, which emerge through the digital trans­forma­tion process of our society and culture. Read more

M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing enables to work professionally in a broad range of new communication fields, which emerge through the digital trans­forma­tion process of our society and culture. The dynamic progress of media technology has led to a fundamental change of the knowledge and skills which is necessary to compete especially in communication- and media-oriented job markets and professional environments.

New areas of interplay between public relations, corporate communication and marketing arise, whose professions often don’t have any names yet: social media editor, influencer, YouTuber, Instagrammer, etc. The study program prepares you exactly for these vocations of the future, with a special focus on application-oriented research and professional usage of digital communication techniques in so called social media, embedded into integrated marketing and corporate communication strategies.

Modules

General Modules: Optional subjects e.g. Media Law, Media Asset Management, Media Production, Intercultural Management, Media Psychology

Specific Modules e.g.: Methodology subjects (e.g. Market Research, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making and Behavioral Finance), subjects on Public Relations (e.g. PR Theories & Models, Strategic Communication, PR Labs about guerilla campaigning and viral communication), subjects on Digital Marketing (e.g. Online Marketing Communication, Classical Marketing Communication)

Location and language

At HMKW Berlin the M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing program is taught in English. The same master program can be studied at HMKW Cologne (Köln) in German language.

*Approval: The course is subject to approval by the Berlin Senate.



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