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The master of arts programs in advertising and public relations are intended for those who wish to acquire advanced understanding of and skills in the development of highly effective persuasive communication. Read more
The master of arts programs in advertising and public relations are intended for those who wish to acquire advanced understanding of and skills in the development of highly effective persuasive communication. The programs focus on prevailing communication theories, current research findings, and advanced practical techniques. The faculty seeks to educate highly competent, focused students who will be recognized for their leadership qualities: the ability to discern issues both in the practice of their profession and in their role in society; the ability to develop and execute successful communication programs; and the ability to lead others effectively.

Two programs are offered: (1) a two-year thesis program with specialization in advertising or public relations (Plan I), and (2) a one-year professional program combining advertising and public relations (Plan II).

Visit the website https://apr.ua.edu/gradinfo/

Degree Requirements

- Plan I, the Two-Year Research Program -

The two-year master's degree program is intended for students seeking a strong research emphasis in their study of advertising and public relations. The Plan I program focuses on important problems and questions, gathering evidence, and setting standards for inference. The program specifically prepares students in the areas of (a) mastering the body of scholarly knowledge of advertising and public relations, and (b) contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these fields through basic and applied research. Students may decide to continue their studies, pursuing doctorates in advertising or public relations. Students in the Plan I program specialize in either advertising or public relations, learn the concepts and methods involved in productive scholarship, and collaborate with faculty members in conducting research.

Plan I requirements. Plan I is normally a two-year program and requires (a) a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate courses, (b) demonstration of proficiency in research skills, (c) passing of a comprehensive written examination, and (d) completion and successful defense of a master's thesis. Students admitted to the program with little or no previous coursework in advertising or public relations may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses in the department to supplement their graduate studies.

Plan II, the One-Year Professional Program

The professional program is an intensive, professionally oriented, one-year program that combines advertising and public relations. Recognizing the increasingly close links between the advertising and public relations professions, the Plan II program provides advanced preparation in both disciplines. The program provides intensive training to meet specific objectives. Graduates will be prepared to:

- develop a thorough understanding of the institutions and processes involved in advertising and public relations, through a combined program of study

- use research both to generate communication strategies and to evaluate the success of communication programs

- write idea-driven persuasive communication

- plan, implement, and evaluate media plans for advertising and public relations programs and campaigns

The Plan II program is for recent college graduates who see the advantages of having advanced skills in advertising and public relations. The students will recognize that preparation in the liberal arts, business administration, or communication has provided them with important knowledge but has not sufficiently prepared them in the communication concepts and skills needed to be a leader.

Speaking and writing skills are emphasized in all courses, with frequent papers and presentations. One course each semester emphasizes writing skills involved in the advertising and public relations professions.

Plan II requirements. The one-year Plan II program requires (a) completion of a specific 33-hour program of graduate courses, (b) demonstration of proficiency in research skills, (c) passing of a comprehensive written examination, and (d) completion of a master's project in the course APR 598 Communication Workshop. Students admitted to the program will receive a list of critical readings and will be expected to become familiar with these materials before beginning the program. The program starts with a series of orientation sessions aimed at evaluating each student's grasp of the critical readings and ability to proceed with the program without further background study.

APR Graduate Course Descriptions

Note: Plan I and Plan II programs have different course requirements.

ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS COURSES

APR 522. Media Planning: Three hours. Development of media objectives, strategies, and budgets and implementation of media plans for advertising and public relations. Each student prepares and presents a media plan.

APR 550. Communication Research Methods: Three hours. A survey of qualitative and quantitative methods in communication research.

APR 551. Seminar in Communication Theory*: Three hours. A study of the development of selected theories of communication as they pertain to interpersonal, public, and mass communication.

APR 570. Contemporary Advertising and Public Relations: Three hours. An advanced survey of the academic and professional literature underlying the contemporary practice of advertising and public relations.

APR 572. Persuasive Communication: Three hours. The practice of creating, writing, editing, and producing persuasive communication for advertising and public relations. Writing skills are exercised extensively in this course.

APR 582. Advertising and Public Relations Management: Three hours. Problems and decision-making processes involved in the management of advertising and public relations programs and organizations.

APR 583. Research Applications in Advertising and Public Relations: Three hours. Prerequisite: MC 550. Application of research methods and procedures for problem solving and impact assessment in advertising and public relations programs.

APR 590. Visual Communication: Three hours. The practice of developing ideas and creative strategies for professional evaluations about design and its application. Each student prepares a portfolio.

APR 592. Integrated Communication Project. A message-oriented course. Students conceptualize and execute integrated communication programs. Topics vary.

APR 596. Independent Study or Research: One to three hours. Prerequisite: consent of the academic adviser and instructor.

597. Communication Campaign Workshop I: Three hours. Research to develop an advertising and public relations campaign for a specific organization. This is the preparation stage for the major case study prepared by the student in APR 598.

598. Communication Campaign Workshop II (Master’s Project): Three hours. Development and presentation of a complete advertising and public relations plan and proposal for the specific organization studied in APR 597. Integration of theory, concepts, and techniques in a complete communication program.

599. Thesis Research: Three hours. Prerequisite: consent of the academic adviser.

Find out how to apply here - https://apr.ua.edu/gradinfo/applicationadmission/

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) is designed for students who want to focus their energy on the dynamic world of social media, develop their creative practice and professional writing skills or are looking to work in an entrepreneurial environment.

Key Features of Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR)

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) offers syllabus-based practice in professional, contemporary media skills, taught by industry professionals with academic backgrounds. The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme includes modules in Professional Writing/Journalism, Visual Communications and Media Design, Video and Documentary Making and Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion. Other modules in communication, theory, film and history are also available.

The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme allows graduates to add valuable and desirable professional media skills for careers in business, journalism, public and media relations, broadcasting, advertising and marketing and industry professionals to acquire new media skills and qualifications that will enhance their continuing professional development.

The full-time MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) course is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in part one) and then a dissertation or professional media practice project over the summer (part two).

The part two component allows students in the Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme to either write a 16,000 word dissertation or undertake the professional media project which incorporates the practical elements of the course and a short unpaid work placement.

MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Aims

To research and develop stories in an online, multi-media environment.
To present the principles, theories and techniques surrounding video making.
To develop practical skills and conceptual knowledge of digital publishing, visual communication and media design.
To provide a critical overview of the role of public relations (PR) and promotional practice.
To develop writing skills in a wide range of genres.

Modules

Modules on the MA in in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) typically include:

• Visual Communication and Media Design
• Video and Documentary Making
• Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion
• Reporting Terrorism
• Global Media
• Risk Reporting
• The Business and Politics of Digital Media
• Development Communications
• Online Journalism
• The Digital Edge

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) graduates. Media Companies, non-profit organisations, global business, government and the public sector value the fact that our Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Graduates have developed a range of critical and theoretical abilities and a creative and innovative approach to media practice. Our Graduates go on to work in business, marketing and Public Relations (PR), journalism, broadcasting, web-design, advertising, publicity, arts and cultural bodies.

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The CIPR Public Affairs Diploma is designed for public relations or public affairs practitioners who want to develop relevant theoretical knowledge and to strengthen their practical skills in order to become more effective and better placed to take on more senior roles. Read more
The CIPR Public Affairs Diploma is designed for public relations or public affairs practitioners who want to develop relevant theoretical knowledge and to strengthen their practical skills in order to become more effective and better placed to take on more senior roles. The course focuses on the role communication expertise plays in public policy processes as they are approached in the context of strategic communications and reputation management that underpin the public affairs function. The qualification is firmly rooted in practice - with regular contributions from senior practitioners - as well as clear in its interdisciplinary theoretical basis. Public Affairs Diploma students receive 20 hours of face-to-face tuition between January and May, individual supervision for the research project (course assessment), as well as extensive online resources developed to support individual study.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Twenty hours of on campus teaching comprises a variety of approaches including lectures, workshops, group work and input from senior practitioners and QMU academics. Work is set and contact maintained between teaching blocks through online discussions. Students also receive supervision support with their assignment. CIPR Public Affairs Diploma students learn alongside and MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations students ensuring that you benefit from sharing experiences and developing a network of colleagues. Assessment is through submission of a 6,000 word research project. Support is offered with research project preparation. Further information is available on the CIPR website at http://www.cipr.co.uk/courses/public-affairs-diploma.

Teaching hours and attendance

Teaching is normally delivered in one or two day blocks three/ four times a year. Details will be available on the QMU website.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Students on the course are eligible for student membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and, on graduation, can upgrade their membership to full or associate status depending on professional experience.

Entry requirements:

You must have ONE of the following requirements:
- The CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations;
- The CIPR Internal Communication Certificate plus one year'’s full-time employment in PR;
- A postgraduate professional qualification in a related discipline (eg CIM Diploma), plus one year’'s full-time employment (or equivalent part-time employment) in PR;
- A degree in business/marketing/management/communication studies, plus one year’'s full-time employment in PR;
- Any other UK degree plus two years full -time employment in PR;
- NCTJ Diploma plus either five years’ journalism experience or three years’ full -time employment in PR;
- Two years’ full-time employment in PR, and the CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communication;
- LCCIEB 5 3rd Level subjects, including PR, Marketing, Advertising, Principles & Practice of Management, plus two
years’ experience in PR;
- Four years’ full-time employment in PR and five GCSE passes, one of which must be in English Language.

NB Restrictions on existing students apply. To check eligibility of PR role email the CIPR professional development team.

International: Those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language - spoken and written - to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Modules

Public Policy Landscape/ Lobbying and Campaigning/ Public Affairs in the Context of Reputation Management/ Research Project

Careers

CIPR qualifications are recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in public relations by employers in the private and public sectors. Studying for the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma counts towards the CIPR’s CPD programme and becoming a CIPR Accredited Practitioner - the hallmark of your commitment to professional development.

Quick facts

- QMU is the only institution outside London to teach the CIPR Internal Communication Diploma, the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma and the CIPR Diploma.
- QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
- Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research. These courses reflect the strength and depth of the teaching team which includes academics with extensive research and publication portfolios and PR practitioners with many years of experience at senior level in a wide range of organisations.
- CIPR Public Affairs Diploma graduates receive credits towards a MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations at QMU and towards the CIPR Diploma.
- Block teaching is a simple way of fitting your study around the demands of your job.

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This course, developed by the CIPR and recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in public relations by the private and public sectors, offers… Read more
This course, developed by the CIPR and recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in public relations by the private and public sectors, offers practitioners a real opportunity to develop their professionalism both by reflecting critically on their current practice and by focusing on the very hands-on teaching of strategic PR planning and its role in the achievement of broader organisational objectives. It is ideal for people wanting to develop their professional public relations expertise at a number of different stages in their career.

Typical students include:
- experienced journalists who need to develop their knowledge of organisations and strategic planning in order to facilitate a move into public relations;
- ambitious practitioners who need to take time to reflect critically on their practice in light of latest thinking and theory in order to develop their career and
- graduates who need to quickly gain an in-depth knowledge of the debates, practices and critical thinking within the profession to help them gain enough understanding to practice professionally.

This course provides PR practitioners with the knowledge and understanding of theory and practice to develop as effective and efficient professionals. You will understand the practice of public relations as a strategic management function, and will develop planning expertise as well as being encouraged to analyse existing practice from a critical perspective. You will benefit from sharing experiences and developing a professional network of colleagues in similar situations.

The individual project which forms part of the course offers you the opportunity to work with a supervisor over a number of months to produce a well-researched piece of work focusing on an area of your choice. Students often choose to devote this opportunity to help develop or improve specific work projects, or to develop their expertise in a particular area of public relations practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching hours and attendance

Entry requirements:

You must have ONE of the following requirements:
- CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations
- CIPR Internal Communication Certificate plus one year’s full-time employment in PR
- Postgraduate professional qualification in a related discipline (eg CIM diploma), plus one year’s full-time
employment (or equivalent part-time employment) in PR
- A degree in business/marketing/management/communication studies, plus one year’s full-time employment in PR
- Any other UK degree plus two years full time employment in PR
- NCTJ Diploma plus either five years’ journalism experience or three years’ full-time employment in PR
- Two years’ full-time employment in PR*, and the CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communication
- LCCIEB 5 3rd Level subjects, including PR, Marketing, Advertising, Principles & Practice of Management, plus two years’ experience in PR
- Four years’ full-time employment in PR and five GCSE passes, one of which must be in English Language.

International: Those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language - spoken and written - to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Modules

PR Theory and Practice / PR Planning and Management/ Reflective Practice

Careers

The CIPR Diploma is recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in PR by employers in the private and public sectors. It helps participants to develop or diversify their careers by fostering a strategic approach to managing PR, as well as extending knowledge of areas such as internal communications, corporate culture and research. QMU graduates have gone on to progress their careers in a number of ways – graduates occupy a wide range of senior positions.

[Quick facts]
- QMU has a long history of teaching the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma and remains the only Scottish Institution to deliver it.
- QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
- At QMU you will be taught by some of the world’s best known PR academics as well as professionals with a depth of PR experience.
- Through our intensive workshops you will build a network of your own peers which will aid your continuing professional development

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MA Advertising and Public Relations emphasizes practical skills in both advertising and PR from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. Read more

Programme Overview

MA Advertising and Public Relations emphasizes practical skills in both advertising and PR from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. Richmond is a partner University of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). MA Advertising and Publication Relations is for those who are interested in pursuing a career in advertising and PR and suitable for those with a business, marketing and arts background.

The practical aspect of the course culminate in an optional accredited internship and mandatory professional research project, including live PR work and associated advertising materials and, at its end, a critical reflection which will require students to relate their work to wider thinking about these industries. At the same time the programme provides an in-depth academic examination of the advertising and PR industries, their histories, how they function in the contemporary world and the role they play in international society and economic life – especially in relation to the media, business and the full range of marketing disciplines.

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Students examine the issues these industries face and explore different views of both advertising and PR. Students also benefit from a range of optional courses in the second semester of the programme, which enable them to develop knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest.

Industry Networking & Internships

The programme benefits from exceptionally strong links with the advertising and PR industries in London, with teaching by practitioners, a wide range of distinguished guest speakers, and events involving both industries. These links not only ensure that students are aware of the latest developments in London’s advertising and PR industries, but facilitate internships and help students with their career development.

Core Modules

Fall Semester (3 core courses)
Advertising Practice
Public Relations Practice
Advertising and Public Relations in Context

Spring Semester (1 Core & 2 Electives)
Advertising and Public Relations in the Global Marketing Communications Mix

Summer Semester

Internship
Professional Research Project

How to Apply

Apply online using the application form available at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-admissions/ please send your completed form to us by email to or by mail to the following address: Admission Office, Richmond, the American University in London, Queens Road, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6JP, UK

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“Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” – Richard Branson. This CIPR-accredited public relations (PR) course is designed to give practitioners the skills and ability to think creatively and adopt the latest tools in modern PR campaigns. Read more
“Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” – Richard Branson.

This CIPR-accredited public relations (PR) course is designed to give practitioners the skills and ability to think creatively and adopt the latest tools in modern PR campaigns.

PR is rapidly evolving as consumers/stakeholders increasingly take control on instantly accessible worldwide communication channels, and organisations rely less and less on newspapers and traditional media to disseminate information. According to the 2013/14 Public Relations Association (PRCA) census, the sector has seen a turnover of £9.62bn in the UK. With new technologies and social communication media on the rise, PR practitioners are more in demand than ever.

This PR course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the professional body for public relations and public affairs practitioners. Students enrolled on the MSc Public Relations are eligible for CIPR Student Membership. This provides access to numerous industry and personal development opportunities as well as the member’s area of the CIPR website. The CIPR website includes a dedicated student area which offers help and advice on entering the PR industry and free online training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/663-msc-public-relations

What you will study

A key feature of modern marketing is the decline of mass communication in favour of multiple person-to-person networks and mobile messenger apps such as WhatsApp. Sitting alongside traditional PR tools, social networks and blog sites are now part of the PR practitioner’s toolkit. This accredited course will expose you to the challenges at the forefront of modern PR and enhance your ability to manage brand and corporate identity effectively.

You will explore the radical shift in PR, as traditional channels such as advertising and sales promotion have changed. The course will further develop your understanding of word-of-mouth marketing, including social networks and the growing popularity of photo and video sharing sites.

From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, you will challenge traditional methods and the contemporary thinking associated with marketing and stakeholder communications. The course will also cover the importance of brand reputation and the growing demand for essential skills in crisis management, and enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role PR plays in modern politics.

Modules of study:

- PR Concepts and Practice
This module aims to provide an introductory critique of key concepts and tools of modern PR practice and implementation. It examines the theoretical underpinnings of the subject by exploring how PR is utilised to influence issues within society, industry and the environment.

- Brands & Reputation Management
This module aims to provide a critique of the key theoretical underpinning surrounding the consumption, construction and reputation management of brands – a key responsibility for modern PR practitioners.

- Strategic Marketing
This module critically examines the key elements of strategic marketing and its interface with business strategy.

- Content Marketing & Public Relations
This module provides a solid foundation for writing and factual story-telling as well as verbal communication within a marketing and PR context.

- Managing Professional Development
The aim of this module is to support personal and professional development for a business related professional career.

- Third Sector & Political Public Relations
This module critically evaluates the PR practice within the public/political sector. It accordingly examines how PR is utilised by third sector organisations, such as pressure groups, charities, trade unions and social enterprises, as well as political parties.

- Campaign Planning for Marketing & PR
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the key constructs associated with campaign planning for marketing and PR, notably the use of digital technology.

- Research Methods
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding and skills of research in a management and/or professional development context, focusing on a critical review of research methodologies and methods.

- Management Project
This module introduces you to the intellectual and scholarly requirements of producing an extended piece of written postgraduate research.

Learning and teaching methods

Full-time students study each subject intensively over a period of several weeks. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practicing marketing managers and PR professionals. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of communications materials and networks, as well as specialist guest lecturers from leading professionals. The course also includes potential for a site visit to a media communications organisation.

Through our series of guest lecturers delivered by leading industry experts, you can also gain up to the moment insights into the challenges and practices pertinent to image management and PR planning.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The skills you will gain on the MSc Public Relations course will allow you to help your employer or company gain a competitive edge by managing meaningful relationships through PR. You will also gain the latest intelligence about social networking, new communication techniques and how to manage new and emerging digital channels.

Students will typically be offered the opportunity to meet representatives from PR companies who offer internships by way of guest talks. In addition, the University of South Wales Careers and Employability Service helps students with all aspects of careers and employability. Services range from individual advice and guidance on CVs & applications, interviews, work experience, internships, volunteering, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas.

As a student of this course you will have access to help and advice from a dedicated student area on the CIPR website on starting your career within the public relations industry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is assignment-based, so you can explore each subject to develop your critical and analytical skills. The final requirement is a dissertation or business research project, where you will examine an aspect of PR in depth.

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Public Relations (PR) has become an increasingly influential management discipline over the last 20 years. The programme provides students with the practical and theoretical skills to enable them to help organisations communicate, build relationships and engage with increasingly demanding stakeholders. Read more
Public Relations (PR) has become an increasingly influential management discipline over the last 20 years. The programme provides students with the practical and theoretical skills to enable them to help organisations communicate, build relationships and engage with increasingly demanding stakeholders.

This programme enhances the skills you need as a PR and communications student seeking to enter the industry. It is focused on developing skills related to communications as a strategic management discipline, it enhances employability and the continuing development of the profession. You will have the opportunity to undertake an internship with an organisation as part of one of your optional courses, Professional Practice.

Studied full-time, this is aimed at students with a good first degree seeking to develop more sector-specific, specialist and reflective skills via postgraduate study prior to entering the public relations industry. The programme, when studied part time is aimed at career development for people already in the industry.

The MA PR has been developed in close conjunction with the PR industry to provide a platform of key core courses relevant to PR practice alongside a range of optional courses which provide specific sector focus. As it is based in London, a notable feature of the programme is its ability to draw on experienced PR practitioners as guest and visiting lecturers.

We are proud to say that in London our Marketing programmes were ranked 1st in student satisfaction and 2nd overall by the Complete University Guide 2016.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop understanding and critical reflection about the role and processes of public relations in organisations and society

- To engage with topics and issues about public relations, and demonstrate leadership and thoughtful reflection in discussions and group work

- To develop practical skills for PR planning and implementation alongside reflective skills and scholarship and understanding of the role and agendas which develop from PR as a strategic management discipline.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/mark/pr

Public Relations and Marketing

These programmes are ideal for marketing professionals looking to develop a greater understanding of the field they are in. The aim is to advance an individual's marketing skill and understanding to meet the competitive challenges of the marketplace.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Foundations of Scholarship(PR) (15 credits)
Dissertation (45 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Contemporary Issues in PR Practice (15 credits)
Planning and Communication Skills for PR (15 credits)
Media Relations and Social Media (Level 7) (15 credits)
PR Foundations and Corporate Communications (30 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 2 courses from this list of options.

Internal Communication (15 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)
Campaigning PR (15 credits)
Financial PR (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Foundations of Scholarship(PR) (15 credits)
PR Foundations and Corporate Communications (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Internal Communication (15 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)
Campaigning PR (15 credits)
Financial PR (15 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Dissertation (45 credits)
Contemporary Issues in PR Practice (15 credits)
Planning and Communication Skills for PR (15 credits)
Media Relations and Social Media (Level 7) (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Internal Communication (15 credits)
Consumer and Celebrity PR (15 credits)
Campaigning PR (15 credits)
Financial PR (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through written assignments, blogs, presentations and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

This programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the professional UK association for public relations in the UK. The University also belongs to the European PR Research Association (EUPRERA) and is active in links with European PR universities.

Career options

Graduates from this programme have opportunities and gained positions in public relations and corporate communications within PR
consultancies, the public sector, NGOs and charities, and companies serving a range of sectors including the consumer, technology, financial, political PR and corporate. The programme develops the knowledge, analytical skills and intellectual capabilities required for related job opportunities within sectors such as marketing, advertising and social media.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/643993/Prog-Spec-MA-Public-Relations.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This exciting new degree offers you the opportunity to study public relations, advertising and marketing from media, cultural and sociological perspectives; exploring the inter-relations between promotional professions, the media and society- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-promotional-media/. Read more
This exciting new degree offers you the opportunity to study public relations, advertising and marketing from media, cultural and sociological perspectives; exploring the inter-relations between promotional professions, the media and society- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-promotional-media/

This is not a business studies-style MA; instead you'll take a rigorous, academic approach to promotional media and the uses of media in contemporary campaigns.

The core modules include two full modules and two half-modules taught in the Department of Media and Communications. These modules will explore public relations, advertising and marketing as inter-related professional disciplines, drawing on theoretical and professional debates. They will also offer introductions to media and cultural theory at the overlaps between the promotional professions, media and society.

The syllabus combines wider social theory with practical considerations and current issues. In addition, you may choose 30 further credits of options from a wide range of theoretical and practice-based modules within the department or elsewhere within Goldsmiths.

Vocational elements

The programme also offers vocational elements, so you'll have the opportunity to benefit from interaction with industry professionals and talks from visiting speakers.

You may take practice-based options in, for example:

media futures
online journalism
social media campaigning
campaign skills
media law and ethics
design methods
processes for innovation
Find out more about the Media and Communications and Skillset Media Academy.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Anamik Saha.

Modules & Structure

Throughout the core components of the degree, you'll examine the very wide range of ways in which public relations, advertising and marketing is represented in society, together with the skills and techniques enacted by practitioners in their day-to-day roles. You will be encouraged to develop your critical and analytical skills, but also to think creatively and become more confident in your aesthetic judgment.

Goldsmiths prides itself on its innovative and critical approach, and you will be encouraged to immerse yourself in its wider intellectual environment in order to deepen your understanding of the cultural infrastructure surrounding branding and promotional media.

Promotional Media I- 30 credits
Promotional Media II- 30 credits
Promotional Culture- 30 credits and 15 credits

Assessment

The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Careers

The programme equips you with the skills necessary to pursue a wide range of careers related to public relations, advertising and marketing; and across the media industries.

Regular seminars, together with exposure to vocational options, will enable you to gain an understanding of how your degree can be used in a professional context. The MA also allows you to pursue further academic research in one or more of the areas covered on the programme.

Skills

The programme helps you to develop a high-level understanding of contemporary promotional communications and media techniques and their social, organisational, economic and political contexts.

You'll be encouraged to develop your critical reasoning and writing skills and your understanding of contemporary cultural and media theory, but also to develop greater visual literacy and a capacity for creative thinking. assessments are designed to ensure that you are able to apply these skills in practical ways.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This newly developed programme is based on our popular and successful courses in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, Political Lobbying and Public Affairs, and Health Communication. Read more
This newly developed programme is based on our popular and successful courses in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, Political Lobbying and Public Affairs, and Health Communication. We have updated and re-structured the course to ensure that it reflects the latest trends in contemporary theory and practice. The innovative new design incorporates a ‘Communication and Public Relations’ core with opportunities for you to specialise and study streams in advertising, political lobbying or healthcare. This means that students will study four core modules plus two taught modules in your particular specialism. This programme is a linked Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Masters (MSc).

Key benefits

- provides you with a flexibility of choice to meet your individual and professional aims

- enables you to develop a critical understanding and expertise in communication and public relations

- ensures you have a detailed insight into advertising, political lobbying or healthcare communication

- offers a distinctive design with a focus on the key elements for a career in the communication industry

- Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/communication-and-public-relations-12888

Course detail

This programme is a linked Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master's (MSc). The PGDip comprises six modules. Full-time students will take three modules per semester begining each september and finishing the PGDip components by May the following year.

For an MSc award you will also undertake an individual dissertation (12,000-15,000 words). Each student is allocated a supervisor who will support thier individual research project.

Each module is weighted with credit points indicating the amount of student effort required. Full-time students are required to complete 60 credits per semester (1 credit point equates to approximately 10 student effort hours).

- Course purpose -

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills, in a flexible, inclusive and accessible environment, empowering you in your progression into employment and/or further study.

- Format and assessment -

A combination of lectures, seminars, and practical classes. Outside of this, you will also be expected to spend time in independent study and you may also be involved in meetings with staff or with your fellow students on group projects.

Career options

You have a range of options upon graduation across the public, private and non-profit sectors, in communication, public relations, advertising, marketing, political lobbying and internal communication. Exposure to working professionals during the course helps students identify career choices. The broad use of "real-life" scenarios and exercises helps you develop a caree oriented perspective.Some previous graduates choose to specialise in a particular area, our students are also equipped to be communication ‘all-rounders’ able to incorporate an integrated approach to communication management. Further PhD research study is also an option.

Our past students have developed careers in regional, national and international organisations both within Communication Agencies and as Communication Professionals in a wide range of organisations.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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This course is for experienced internal communication practitioners or PR professionals who want to develop their. strategic internal communication and management skills. Read more
This course is for experienced internal communication practitioners or PR professionals who want to develop their
strategic internal communication and management skills. It provides those working in internal communications with a platform for continuous development. On this course, you will take an in depth look at the role that internal communications plays in organisations and in particular those going through change. You will develop your ability to use research to inform effective internal communication strategies and develop successful plans. The course focuses on core topics such as: internal communication; audit; change management theory; using research to inform and help develop internal communication strategies; moving from one-way communications to engagement; psychology of communication and the role and function of technology.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Twenty hours of on campus teaching compises a variety of approaches including lectures, workshops, group work and input from senior practitioners and QMU academics. Work is set and contact maintained between teaching blocks through online discussions. Students also receive supervision support with their assignment. CIPR Internal Communication Diploma students learn alongside CIPR Diploma and MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations students ensuring that you benefit from sharing experiences and developing a network of colleagues.

Assessment is through submission of a 6,000 word research project. Support is offered with research project preparation.

Further information is available on the CIPR website at http://www.cipr.co.uk/content/qualifications/internal-communicationdiploma.

Teaching hours and attendance

Teaching is normally delivered in one or two day blocks three/ four times a year. Details will be available on the QMU website

Entry requirements:

You must have ONE of the following entry requirements:
- The CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations;
- The CIPR Internal Communication Certificate plus one year’s full-time employment in PR;
- A postgraduate professional qualification in a related discipline (eg CIM Diploma), plus one year’s full-time
employment (or equivalent part-time employment) in PR;
- A degree in business/marketing/ management/communication studies, plus one year’s full-time employment in PR;
- Any other UK degree plus two years full-time employment in PR
- NCTJ Diploma plus either five years’ journalism experience or three years’ full-time employment in PR;
- Two years’ full-time employment in PR and the CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communication;
- LCCIEB 5 3rd Level subjects, including PR, Marketing, Advertising, Principles & Practice of Management, plus two
years’ experience in PR;
- Four years’ full-time employment in PR and five GCSE passes, one of which must be in English Language.

International: Those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language - spoken and written - to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Modules

Assessing Internal Communication/ Change Management and Communication/ Applying Advanced Communication
Theory/ Research project

Careers

CIPR qualifications are recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in public relations by employers in the private and public sectors. The CIPR Internal Communication Diploma helps participants to develop or diversify their careers by fostering a strategic approach to internal communications management. Studying for the CIPR Internal Communication Diploma counts towards the CIPR’s CPD programme and becoming a CIPR Accredited Practitioner - the hallmark of your commitment to professional development.

Quick facts

- QMU is the only institution outside London to teach the CIPR Internal Communications Diploma, the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma and the CIPR Diploma.
- QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
- Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research. These courses reflect the strength and depth of the teaching team which includes academics with extensive research and publication portfolios and PR practitioners with many years of experience at senior level in a wide range of organisations.
- CIPR Internal Communication Diploma graduates receive credits towards an MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations at QMU and towards the CIPR Diploma.
- Block teaching is a simple way of fitting your study around the demands of your job.

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The Media and Public Relations MA gives you the opportunity to combine public relations practice with theoretical analysis of the media, with the latter being contextualised within social, cultural, economic and political issues. Read more

Course overview

The Media and Public Relations MA gives you the opportunity to combine public relations practice with theoretical analysis of the media, with the latter being contextualised within social, cultural, economic and political issues.

The course is suitable both for students who have some PR knowledge through their undergraduate studies or voluntary work, and PR professionals who wish to develop their academic knowledge and research methods.

Teaching draws on current research carried out by specialists in media, communication and cultural studies. You will develop: a critical understanding of media, culture and society; knowledge to theorise and analyse media and public relations; knowledge of media law and advertising regulations in a transnational context; an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination; analytical and critical skills to assess and conduct research in the field of media and PR; the ability to deliver and evaluate a PR event in the public, private and voluntary sectors; skills to set up a campaign network and deliver PR campaign messages; skills to produce effective press releases and script, shoot and edit digital films.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/media-public-relations-ma/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/media-public-relations-ma/#howtoapply

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This course will equip you with the in-depth knowledge, the specialist skills, the critical understanding and the confidence required for a successful management career in the fast-moving and highly competitive Advertising and Public Relations (PR) professions. Read more

About the course

This course will equip you with the in-depth knowledge, the specialist skills, the critical understanding and the confidence required for a successful management career in the fast-moving and highly competitive Advertising and Public Relations (PR) professions. The course is suitable for students with or without previous marketing experience and/or qualifications.
•Boost your earning potential
Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)
•Design your course
Tailor the course to your career aspirations by choosing from a range of modules
•Learn about the latest developments in marketing
Gain the knowledge to understand the key marketing issues facing organisations and to embark on a career in marketing communications
•Personal and professional development
You will have the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, which will help you to succeed in any marketing position, and in a wider lifelong learning framework

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and -learning packages. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research. The course provides opportunities to work on live or near live projects enabling students to gain further real world experience. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Graduate careers

There are numerous career opportunities within the world of marketing communications – and this degree will help you prepare for many of them. Graduates may go into advertising or PR agencies or take jobs client-side (i.e. within the companies who employ the agencies) – working their way up to senior management positions within large organisations. Alternatively, they may take the entrepreneurial approach and play a key role in a new venture – a new division, a new brand or a company start-up. Whatever you decide to do, this degree will give you the skills you need to be a successful manager within this specialist field.
Recent graduates from our MSc programmes are now working for a variety of UK and international companies including IBM, Candi, Schroders Investments, Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Sudan International University and Ski Cool St Moritz. Recent agency and media appointments include DDB Hong Kong, Leo Burnett Cyprus, Razorfish, The Station Agency, Big Communications, Northcliffe Media and Virgin Outdoor.

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This course is designed to produce the future leaders of the Public Relations Industry. You will not only learn the practical skills required to embark on a career in PR but also the research and analysis skills that will help you get ahead. Read more
This course is designed to produce the future leaders of the Public Relations Industry. You will not only learn the practical skills required to embark on a career in PR but also the research and analysis skills that will help you get ahead. You will create campaigns, pitch to clients, stage a press conference and create videos and blogs, as well as write research reports, essays and a dissertation. You will also explore issues affecting the industry, such as professional ethics and the impact of digital media.

The course has close links to the London-based PR industry, and is one of a select few chosen by the professional body PRCA for its University partnership initiative. These connections with leading PR practitioners help you gain the practical knowledge and understanding you need to work in PR.

Course content

The course combines practice skills with analytical tools and is highly participative. You will take part in workshops, debates, seminars, presentations and group exercises including making pitches and presenting creative campaign ideas. The course runs for one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

There are no formal examinations on this course. You are assessed on course work including essays, presentations, blogs, group work and your participation in class exercises.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-CONTEMPORARY THEORY AND ISSUES IN PR
-DISSERTATION RESEARCH SKILLS
-PLANNING AND MANAGING A PR CAMPAIGN
-PUBLIC RELATIONS AND THE MEDIA
-UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC RELATIONS

Optional modules - The option modules are taught by leading practitioners and allow you to develop your interest in specialist sectors within the PR industry. You choose two option modules.
-ADVERTISING PLANNING AND STRATEGY
-BRAND MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
-CAMPAIGNING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
-CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
-FASHION PR
-ONLINE PR
-POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Associated careers

This course is particularly relevant if you want to start, or to progress, a career in public relations or one that involves communications with either internal or external stakeholders.

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MA Public Relations and Journalism practical skills in both PR and journalism from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. Read more

Programme Overview

MA Public Relations and Journalism practical skills in both PR and journalism from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. The practical aspect of the course will culminate in an optional accredited internship and mandatory professional research project, including live PR work and journalism and, at its end, a critical reflection which will require students to relate their work to wider thinking about these industries.

At the same time the programme provides an in-depth academic examination of the PR industry and journalism, their histories, how they function in the contemporary world and the role they play in international society and economic life – especially in relation to traditional and new media, business and the full range of marketing disciplines.

Explore

Students examine the issues these industries face and explore different views of both PR and journalism. Students also benefit from the chance to choose an optional course in the second semester of the programme, which enables them to develop knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest.

Industry Networking & Internships

The programme benefits from exceptionally strong links with the PR and media industries in London, with teaching by practitioners, a wide range of distinguished guest speakers, and events involving both industries. These links not only ensure that students are aware of the latest developments in London’s PR industry and journalism, but facilitate internships and help students with their career development.

career progression

A broad education of this kind equips graduates for a wide range of careers internationally while enabling them to develop specialist expertise in areas of particular interest. By ensuring that they are critical and reflective practitioners it prepares them for challenging leadership roles in a world of diversity and rapidly changing opportunities, in keeping with the university’s wider mission.

Core Modules

Fall Semester (3 core courses)
Journalism Practice
Public Relations Practice
Advertising, Public Relations and Journalism in Context

Spring Semester

TWO core courses:

Professional Digital Media Skills
PR, Journalism and Media

ONE elective:

Political Communication
Fashion and Luxury Brands and the Media
Celebrities, Marketing and the Media

Professional Practices in the Visual Arts
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
International Relations and the Media
Managing Organisations and People
Corporate Governance
Strategic Management
Marketing in a Digital World
International Art Market

Summer Semester

Internship
Professional Research Project

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Our Marketing Communications and Advertising MSc, accredited by CIM, places each student under the spotlight. Read more
Our Marketing Communications and Advertising MSc, accredited by CIM, places each student under the spotlight. Can you put your sound theoretical understanding into practice? Will your communications plan, and the research it's built on, withstand academic scrutiny? Do you present work confidently? Would a seasoned ad agency director trust your recommendations? Graduates are ready to leap into advertising, communications or public relations roles, and answer any question their clients throw at them.

-Industry application and critique: on this course you will pitch to a panel of real marketing agency professionals, who will critique your technique as well as your response to the brief. You will learn to use research to become an expert in a given area, and to communicate these findings to others quickly and effectively. You will gain broad and also deep knowledge of each marketing communications channel, with a focus on advertising.
-Contacts in the sector: guest speakers, from marketing directors to media planners, come to Kingston to share up-to-the-minute information from their campaigns with our students. Even the course syllabus itself is designed and refined in consultation with a panel of marketing experts. With easy access to central London, there are plenty of opportunities to build up a network of contacts.
-Career-ready: the work you complete during your masters builds into a portfolio you can be proud to show recruiters. Graduates from this course typically enter the workplace in a variety of communications, public relations and consultant roles, and have a strong foundation on which to progress their careers to the top.

"The links with our Marketing Expert Panel mean there's always an opportunity to ask what's changed and what's new in the campaigns you've been working on?' and to bring that up-to-the-minute input into the course." – Patricia Harris, director of studies

You do not need to have a background in business to study this course, but you will need to have a strong interest in gaining a masters in advertising and marketing communications.

Assessment

Coursework.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Available modules
-Marketing Communications Strategy
-Digital Communications and Analytics
-Public Relations
-Global Marketing Management
-Buyer Behaviour
-Market Research and Data Analysis
-Research Proposal and Dissertation

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