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The MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations offers an unparalleled balance in UK postgraduate courses of teaching in internal and external communication, as well as strategic communication, for both private and public sectors. Read more

The MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations offers an unparalleled balance in UK postgraduate courses of teaching in internal and external communication, as well as strategic communication, for both private and public sectors. Students learn from an academic team which includes internationally published researchers and practitioners with years of professional experience. QMU is an accredited teaching centre of the UK’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a partner institution of the UK’s Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

Is this the right course for me?

It is if you:

■ want to start a career in communication and public relations (PR). You’ll do an industry placement (optional) and we’ll support you in  developing knowledge and skills, and producing a portfolio, and provide you with opportunities to meet,  work alongside and network with current practitioners;

■ already work in a communication or PR role and want professional development. You can tailor your studies to your own development needs and study part-time, or

■ want to progress to a research career in communication or PR. Members of QMU’s teaching team author key texts and regularly present at conferences all over the world.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is delivered face-to-face at our modern campus in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. You are also supported by QMU’s online virtual learning environment. As well as lectures, seminars and workshops, you will also work with live clients, respond to communication briefs, undertake analysis and research, blog, reflect, create materials and content, engage in digital media, work in groups, make presentations and develop proposals.

Teaching hours and attendance

Our carefully designed delivery pattern provides continuous and frequent face-to-face teaching for full time students. Part-time students benefit from a delivery pattern which requires attendance at short intensive blocks and which you can fit alongside other commitments. On many modules you will learn alongside communication and PR practitioners and students. This helps you start your professional network and  develop a deep understanding of the relevance of theory to practice. Our shared community of learners approach also provides access to a busy programme of activities and events offered across our PR programmes. On your 20 day placement (optional module) you’ll gain invaluable professional experience and develop your learning in a work setting.

Modules

Modules include: Communication and Digital Skills for Working in PR */ Media and Campaigning/ Critical Reflections on Public Relations/Understanding Research/ Strategic Communication Planning/ Communications Impact on Policy Making/ Strategic Internal Communication in a Digitized World/ Master’s Communication Placement */ Project Students who already work in communication and PR can select from a list of modules, including business focused ones, instead of those marked * above. If you select to do the Master’s  Communication Placement module, you can undertake this with your employer. You can also focus your Project on a topic which is relevant to your professional role. If you already have CIPR Diploma, CIPR Internal Communications Diploma or CIPR Public Affairs Diploma you are awarded credits and exempted from selected modules.

Accreditation of prior learning:

Students who have already been awarded a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma receive 45 credits towards the MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations, exempting them from specified parts of the course. Students who have already been awarded the CIPR Internal Communication Diploma/ CIPR Public Affairs Diploma receive 30 credits exempting them from specified parts of the course.

Careers

As a CIPR accredited course, the MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations is benchmarked against CIPR career progression requirements. This means there is a clear articulation between the course and developing your career. For students who are already associate or full CIPR members, the MSc counts towards the Institute’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Quick Facts

  • QMU is the only CIPR accredited UK Institution to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teach the CIPR Diploma, CIPR Internal Communication Diploma and CIPR Public Affairs Diploma.
  • The block face-to-face teaching approach enables students to combine studying with working.
  • Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research.


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Introduction. This variant of our established MSc Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Read more

Introduction

This variant of our established MSc Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. This course provides students with a solid international perspective on strategic communication and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Barcelona, Spain.

The MSc Strategic Communication & Public Relations is an interdisciplinary, advanced level course taught by established academics and practitioners. It offers a hands-on approach while at the same time providing you with the theoretical foundations necessary to practise public relations at a managerial level.

You will be offered the opportunity to attend a Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series in Brussels, which includes visits to the European Parliament, the European Commission as well as specialist industry seminars with leading public affairs and public relations experts in Brussels.

This course is taught completely in English and students will obtain a joint MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Pompeu Fabra University. Students spend the Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then decide if they would like to have their dissertation supervised by Stirling or Pompeu Fabra.

Link to MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations at Pompeu Fabra University http://www.upf.edu/masterpublicrelations/en/

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

- Study methods: Full-time

- Duration: 12 months (Stirling in semester 1 - Barcelona in semester 2 - Stirling dissertation period) 16 months (Stirling in semester 1 Barcelona in semester 2 - Barcelona dissertation period)

- Start date: September

- Course Director: Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill

- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C

- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B

- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component

- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

Students spend Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then go to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then can decide to have their dissertation supervision at the University of Stirling or Pompeu Fabra University.

The course covers a range of modules including public relations and communication management theory, strategic public relations planning, public diplomacy and strategic communication, media relations, digital media, public affairs and advocacy, and research methods.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery methods include lecture, workshops and seminars.

Methods of assessment include case studies, timed assignments, essays, presentations and reports. Students also complete a 12,000-word dissertation.

Why Stirling?

- REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Rating

Research within Communications, Media and Culture had 70 percent of its research rated as either ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Pompeu Fabra staff are also research active and publish internationally.

Strengths

- Academic strengths

This course provides a unique multicultural and intercultural experience for students as well as an innovative and challenging curriculum that is regularly updated. Students will develop a solid theoretical foundation as well as learn practical skills necessary for working within the public relations industry.

Students benefit from the experience and expertise of the academic research active team at Stirling and Pompeu Fabra; students are able to study in both northern and southern Europe (Scotland and Spain) and will develop an international outlook.

Students are able to attend a two-day Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series delivered in Brussels (additional cost).

Career opportunities

This course prepares students for careers in public relations and related areas in consultancies and private sector companies, (in-house positions, such as communications officer/manager, public relations officer/manager, press officer, internal communications officer/manager) NGOS, international organisations (such as the EU, UN etc.).



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The master's degree is focused on training strategic communication professionals for companies, organizations and institutions. The content offers a solid background in the field of communication management, as well as a basis for academic research. Read more
The master's degree is focused on training strategic communication professionals for companies, organizations and institutions. The content offers a solid background in the field of communication management, as well as a basis for academic research. The optional subjects allow an incursion in the field of communication of tourism and heritage or political communication. It is based on the Masterdec Experience which identifies and distinguishes it based on three concepts: strategy, internationalization and personalization.

Student Profile

The master's degree is designed for students with previous training in the field of Advertising and Public Relationships, Journalist, Social Communication, Social Sciences and Economics, Tourism, Anthropology, Political Sciences, ADE, Social Psychology and similar fields. It is also aimed at students with technical degrees who want to improve their professional profile in the Strategic Communication field.

Career Opportunities

University Master's degree in Strategic Communication in the Risk Society enables the exercise of professional profiles relacionants with strategic communication in a broad sense:
-Director / Head / Head of Communication in companies institutions and organizations
-Responsible for Press Media and public relations
-Head of Crisis Communication
-Senior account Managers communication agencie, public relations or corporative image
-Communications and corporative consultant
-Corporate communications analysts, political and institutional
-Researchers in universities or in terms of communication

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Columbia University's strategic communication programs were designed with a unifying vision. to respond to the industry-wide need for strategic perspective, critical thinking and exceptional communication skills at all levels of the workplace. Read more
Columbia University's strategic communication programs were designed with a unifying vision: to respond to the industry-wide need for strategic perspective, critical thinking and exceptional communication skills at all levels of the workplace.

Combining distinguished academic faculty and leading practitioners in the field, our offerings provide students with an educational experience that is immediately applicable in the workplace.

EXECUTIVE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

For experienced (6+ years) communication leaders who wish to enhance their skills and strategic counsel expertise. Students may be employed full-time while earning this accelerated degree.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

Full-Time
For early-career communication professionals, and for career-changers who want to complete their degree quickly.

Part-Time
For students who may be employed full-time while earning their degree and who want to spread out their coursework, including experienced professionals.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

A week-long offering for experienced communication executives who want to learn, develop and practice effective strategies that respond to the challenges and opportunities presented in the global marketplace.

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Business and public organisations operate today in a context marked by constant technological evolution, rapid social changes and increasing political and economic instability. Read more
Business and public organisations operate today in a context marked by constant technological evolution, rapid social changes and increasing political and economic instability. In such a dynamic and uncertain environment, communicating strategically becomes vital to the pursuit of an organisation’s mission and key goals, from the aim of promoting products and services to the need to respond to a crisis.

The MSc in Strategic Communication offers a cross-disciplinary education to current or aspiring communication professionals and leaders who wish to learn how to design, plan and implement effective and sound communication policies that promote the strategic goals of their organisation.

The programme combines a range of disciplines and perspectives to develop the conceptual and practical skills which are crucial for successful strategic communication. You will learn how to translate organisational goals into communication objectives, to analyse situations by identifying the relevant stakeholder groups, as well as regulatory constraints and ethical issues; to design spoken and written messages that are at the same time sound, persuasive and compliant; to exploit the potential offered by established communication technologies and new digital media to effectively engage targeted audiences.

Besides classroom modules, a dedicated seminar involving communication experts (‘Public relations and Investor Relations in practice’) will give you the unique opportunity to familiarize with the relevant professional contexts and to closely interact with specialists in the sectors. Through the final project, you will engage yourselves with an in-depth analysis of a case-study in strategic communication.

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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. 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.

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 communication professionals who can plan strategic PR campaigns and implement social media and viral campaigns in order to drive businesses forward in this digital age.

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

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

- 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.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/prandstrategiccommunication_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

With guidance from your mentor and backed by the experiences gleaned from your work placement and real-life 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. Job roles for our graduates could include public relations manager, communications manager, press officer, media relations manager, internal communications manager and social media manager.

- Digital Communications Manager
- Communications Manager
- Head of Media Relations
- Social Media Account Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

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

Corporate Communication in an Intercultural Context
Examine the role of cultural factors in the management of corporate communications, combining the fields of corporate relations functions and specialist areas of corporate communication.

Digital Communication Management
Gain an understanding of the changing landscape in digital communication and develop the tools for managing personal and corporate reputation.

Dissertation
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Public Relations Skills
Develop the core skills required to be a public relations professional, including planning, presentation and writing.

Strategic Communication Planning & Management
Gain an understanding and awareness of the strategic nature of communication, its role as a management function, and the contribution it makes to the achievement of business objectives.

Option Modules

Communications Audit
Develop your critical awareness of communications audits and their function in a consultancy setting. Working in a team alongside your peers, you will audit an aspect of internal or external communications for a live client. You will understand how to use auditing to improve an organisation's business performance, especially in relation to its communications activity.

Global Business Environment
You will analyse the political, social, legal and technological relationships between businesses in the global external environment. Additionally you will explore issues including sustainable development, competitive advantage of nations, global responsibility and citizenship in relation to the function of business globally.

International Marketing - Emerging Markets
Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamics and specifics of the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India & China) as examples of the numerous country markets now identified as emerging.

Marketing Communications Strategy
Gain a strategic understanding of how marketing communications tools, media, content, audiences and brands interact. Your knowledge will underpin your understanding of the way in which marketing communications strategy works with branding principles.

Work Placement
You will develop your personal, intellectual and professional skills throughout your placement. Your portfolio and your reflective report will be based on the practical application of theories and ideas you have studied, explored in the context of your placement organisation.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Study for a Master of Design at Cranfield. As innovations have become increasingly bound to digital solutions in recent years, capabilities in creativity, sustainability and innovation are changing. Read more

Study for a Master of Design at Cranfield

As innovations have become increasingly bound to digital solutions in recent years, capabilities in creativity, sustainability and innovation are changing. Digital innovation will move beyond the simple app into life-enhancing services and experiences, exploiting the hyper-connectivity of data and the 'internet of things'.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to suit creative individuals with business acumen who would like to visualise complex data flows and strategic communication processes.

Why this course?

The course offers an industry focused postgraduate experience, that hybrids digital design practices with strategic communication and brand management to capture, control, and visualise complex data and to make strategic decisions in an ever connected society that is rapidly becoming aware of the impacts and new digital economy.

Course details

This course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.

Group project

Group projects run from February to April and provide teams of students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy type project, usually with an industrial sponsor.

Individual project

The final individual thesis project takes up the remainder of the course to September. It allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and work in an original way and overcome genuine problems in design, supported by external organisations.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Future Finance Student Loans Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Your career

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), environmental and business consultancies, public sector organisations such as environmental protection agencies, and the manufacturing and service industries in the private sector.

We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers.

Cranfield's applied approach and close links with industry mean 93% of our graduates find jobs relevant to their degree or go on to further study within six months of graduation. Our careers team support you while you are studying and following graduation with workshops, careers fairs, vacancy information and one-to-one support.



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Take the next step to master your communication skills. Read more

Take the next step to master your communication skills

Are you a senior communication manager seeking to further develop your communication skills? Our Master of Communication specialises in exploring contemporary communication theories, strategic planning, social media, and how to effectively apply these towards a major research project. Whether you focus your Masters in strategic communication or marketing communication, you will be prepared to work effectively as strategists in the business, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Study a Master of Communication at UC and you will:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of human communication processes and environments
  • become confident in using a range of social research methods relevant to strategic or marketing communication
  • counsel senior management on strategic communication and lead teams within organisations
  • demonstrate critical thinking and vision needed to address long-term strategic communication issues
  • apply your understanding of communication theories towards a major research project
  • specialise in one of the following key areas of communication:
  • Strategic Communication specialises in contemporary communication and social theory, and how critical issues develop.
  • Marketing Communication specialises in exploring how advertising, public relations, promotion and direct marketing combine to develop effective marketing communication strategies.

Professional Accreditation

Application will be made to the Public Relations Institute of Australia and to the Advertising industry for accreditation.

Career opportunities

This course prepares senior managers to work as communication and marketing communication leaders in any sector.



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The nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication is comprised of the first three courses of the MA in Intercultural and International Communication residency. Read more
The nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication is comprised of the first three courses of the MA in Intercultural and International Communication residency. The program responds to the call for strategic, intercultural and international, communication skills by non-government organizations (NGOs), public, private, and not for profit organizations.

This program will augment the credentials, skills, and knowledge of global communication professionals. Students will take a systems approach to leading community or organizational development, taking into consideration cultural, governance, and communication principles through the lens of globalization, multi and interculturalism.

Students will have the option of continuing to complete their degree by laddering into the MA in Intercultural and International Communication (on campus and blended) program or the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Students interested in moving on to the MA in Professional Communication will be able to count PCOM 635 as advanced standing credit toward the degree.

Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication offers a unique blend of an applied organizational communication challenge with an intercultural communication scholarship, and consists of three courses:
-IICS515 Intercultural Theory and Practice
-PCOM635 Communication for Development and Social Change
-IICS551 Organizational Communication and Culture

You will begin with three weeks of pre-residency online study, followed by a two-week on-campus residency, and finally four weeks of online study post residency.

Who’s it for

This certificate has been designed for people who specialize in organizational development and communication with a global focus. This field is diverse and continues to grow as the workforce becomes more complex, international, and multi cultural.

Outcomes

-Develop skills in organizational communication in areas such as; crisis management, corporate image, identity and reputation, organizational culture and culture change, leadership theories, social relationships and networks, communication audits, power and control in organizational life, conflict in organizations, ethics and values, and corporate social responsibility.
-Learn to analyse organizational structures and management styles with a focus on culture.
-Gain tools for professional and personal development in a diverse society and workplace.
-Develop a rationale and framework for research projects.
-Discover how interdisciplinary research can be combined with cultural studies with communication, sociology, psychology, business, mass media, and developmental studies among other traditions.
-Gain an insight into the historical and contemporary nature of issues and theories that have influenced the field of development communication and explore the complex relationships between communication and socioeconomic development, and the role that communication plays in promoting (or impeding) social change and development.

Flexible Admission

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:
-All applicants must show evidence of having sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to complete a demanding academic course of study at a master's level and have significant professional communication experience.
-Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but more than three years (90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education, should have at least two years of relevant work experience, preferably in a leadership capacity.
-Applicants with two to three years (60-90 credits) of relevant post-secondary education should have at least five years of relevant international/intercultural work experience in a leadership capacity.
-Applicants with less than two years (60 credits) of relevant post-secondary education should have at least ten years of high-level, professional communication experience in a leadership capacity.

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A unique qualification. No matter what industry you work in, this multi-disciplinary degree will give you in-depth understanding of communication principles and skills. Read more

A unique qualification

No matter what industry you work in, this multi-disciplinary degree will give you in-depth understanding of communication principles and skills. It is a unique qualification in New Zealand.

Massey’s Master of Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice.

This is a unique qualification in New Zealand. You do not have to have a background in communication to complete this degree.

Our students come from a wide range of disciplines including arts, social sciences, law, education, design or health services. You may have found yourself in a work role with a communication aspect and you want better insights into the principles and practice of communication.

The Master of Communication will help you to advance your career and to understand better how to manage your role’s communication aspects.

Internationally-recognised

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Do communication research in a context relevant to you

The research project in this masters enables you to focus on a real-world communication challenge and combine different communication research approaches to develop a novel solution. You can draw on research approaches from public relations, expressive arts, communication management, marketing, linguistics, media studies or journalism studies, or create a bespoke research approach that includes supervision from a related discipline such as Maori studies, international relations or evaluation studies. Your learning will focus on practical, relevant outcomes for your career.

There are also opportunities to collaborate on a shared transdisciplinary research project with students and co-supervisors from the disciplines you may be working with in your job - such as quality management, emergency management or human resource management.. This will build your understanding of the practical connections between communication and related organisational functions.

You will graduate with an excellent grasp of research, analysis and problem-solving and know how to apply your knowledge to make a difference in your workplaces and community.

What will you learn

In the first segment of the programme you focus on studying the field of communication and its possibilities. This covers the history and theory of communication across different scholarly traditions (from both humanities and business) and industries.

In the second you choose a personalised experience from both ‘heartland’ courses relevant to your discipline - for instance advanced journalism issues, technology and cultural change, linguistics, media practice, advanced public relations or advanced marketing - and ‘sister disciplines’ such as quality management.

In the third segment of your programme you work on a research project of your choice that is relevant to your industry and discipline. For details see the ‘Planning’ area at the top right of this page.

Become a master, faster

The Master of Communication is 180 credits. This means that you can complete this qualification in three semesters of full-time study. We offer research supervision in the summer semester if you want to really fast-track your completion. If you study part-time the qualification usually takes between 2.5 and five years.

Multi-disciplinary

Massey offers you access to world-leading communication expertise across a broad range of specialisations, including media, humanities, business, organisational studies, social sciences, critical thinking and management. Massey’s Master of Communication enables you to pursue either organisational or creative approaches to communication, or combine these to become a well-rounded communication specialist.

A specialist communication university

We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

Our lecturers come from both academic and industry backgrounds, giving you the best of both worlds.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Communication will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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Advance your career. Today’s rapidly changing work environment requires employees to complement their dynamic and flexible skills with a deep understanding of theory and practice. Read more

Advance your career

Today’s rapidly changing work environment requires employees to complement their dynamic and flexible skills with a deep understanding of theory and practice. The Master of Communication (Professional) at Bond allows graduates to differentiate themselves by complimenting previously acquired knowledge with problem-solving skills, a high level of written communication, and a professional portfolio.

Our students can advance into the next chapter of their career by graduating sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees.

Graduate with a professional portfolio

The Master of Communication (Professional) at Bond, equips graduates with a deeper understanding of theory and practice, necessary for advancement in the communication industry. Graduates of the program are required to submit a Professional Portfolio that details their research and experience in their respective area. This portfolio ensure graduates can articulate their practical and theoretical expertise, develop their strategic thinking skills, and reflection capabilities.

About the program

The Master of Communication (Professional) allows students to further their careers in Communication by equipping them with an appropriate mix of theory and practice suited to industry, culminating with a professional segment comprising a professional portfolio, field project and field project report. The Master of Communication (Professional) provides an ideal balance of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, problem solving abilities, interpersonal skills and a high level of written communication. At the end of the degree, candidates will have a professional portfolio detailing their research and practical expertise in their chosen vocational area. The program duration is 4 semesters and 20 weeks (92 weeks).

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Communication (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing

Master of Communication (Professional) comprises 13 subjects, as follows:

Core subjects (2)

Foundation subjects (6)

Dissertation/Portfolio (2)

Electives (2)

  • Student must choose two (2) subjects from the FSD list of available postgraduate subjects. Students can choose to undertake further minor dissertations/portfolios as electives if desired.

Professional

* Please note that the Professional Portfolio subject can only be commenced once all coursework subjects have been completed.

Available research topics for Dissertation / Portfolio

Please refer to Master of Communication for a full list of available research topics.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.



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The course will provide media and communication professionals with an informed and critical perspective on the future of communications, and future researchers and academics will gain advanced skills in media and communications. Read more
The course will provide media and communication professionals with an informed and critical perspective on the future of communications, and future researchers and academics will gain advanced skills in media and communications.

It draws on the expertise of Strathclyde’s internationally-renowned media and communications academic staff, including experts in strategic communication, media and communication theory, media ethics and mediated populism. 

What you’ll study

You'll take four core classes covering the theory, history and practice in communication and media, a research skills class and two option classes in communications. You'll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Work placement

The course includes opportunities to produce assessed work with outside clients.

Facilities

You'll have access to a library with more than 400,000 electronic books and 26,000 e-journals, accessible at any time from any device. Electronic resources include e-books, e-journals and other learning materials, alongside electronic databases such as Nexis® and the Communication and Mass Media Complete database.

Guest lectures

The course will feature a variety of guest lectures, and you'll have the opportunity to attend seminars from prominent scholars and practitioners.

Course content

Semester 1 classes
-Communication & Media Theory in an International Context
-Research Skills in Literature, Culture & Communication
-Media and Communication Option

Semester 2 classes
-From Broadcast to Participation: a History of Mediation
-Strategic Communication

Learning & teaching

You'll experience a variety of learning methods, including supervised production exercises. The core classes are based on a blend of lectures, seminar discussion and student-led teaching. Modes of delivery may vary in the option components of the course according to the classes you select. 

Assessment

The course will assessed by an combination of written assignment, group and individual presentation, case study and media production.

Careers

The MLitt in Media and Communication is designed to enhance employment prospects in media, as well as in communication industries such as public relations and corporate communications.

The strategic communication component of the programme will also increase the employability of graduates within the communication sections of other industry sectors, particularly within companies dealing with English-speaking markets.

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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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About the program. The Master of Communication program allows students to further their careers in Communication by equipping them with an appropriate mix of theory and practice suited to industry. Read more

About the program

The Master of Communication program allows students to further their careers in Communication by equipping them with an appropriate mix of theory and practice suited to industry. It provides an ideal balance of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, problem solving abilities, interpersonal skills and a high level of written communication.

Advance your career

A Master of Communication at Bond, allows graduates to complement their dynamic and flexible skills with a deep understanding of theory and practice. By building upon previously acquired knowledge with problem-solving skills and a high level of written communication, graduates can differentiate themselves in the industry.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Communication - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Master of Communication comprises 12 subjects, as follows:

Core subjects (2)

Foundation subjects (6)

Dissertation/Elective option subejcts (4)

Students must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects as their dissertation/portfolio:

Or

  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
  • Plus two (2) elective subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of available postgraduate subjects.(COMN71-710 Communication Internship and Portfolio and further Minor Dissertation/Portfolio subjects are available as elective subject options).

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Available research topics for dissertation / portfolio

The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff who can provide supervision to students in the following research areas:

  • Advertising and Brand Experience in a Multi-Channel Environment
  • Advertising Creativity: Concepts and Applications
  • Advertising Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Building Teamwork in the Virtual Workplace
  • Convergence and Digital Industries
  • Crisis Communication Strategies in a Digital World
  • Effects of Different Leadership Styles on Organisational Culture
  • Engaging Employees – Strong Advocates or Harsh Critics?
  • Establishing Authentic Corporate Social Responsibility in a Sceptical Environment
  • Global Factors Contributing to Organisational Change
  • Impact of Social Media on Future Public Relations Practice
  • Interactivity and Consumer Engagement on Social Media Platforms
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Journalism in the 21st Century
  • Journalism Reinvented
  • Mobile and Pervasive Communications
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Mobile and Real-Time Marketing
  • Paparazzi – The New Face of Journalism?
  • Role of Media Relations in a Social Media Future
  • Serious Games and Gamification
  • Significance of the Media in Bridging the Cultural Divide
  • Social Media and User-Generated Content
  • The Growing Significance of Citizen Journalism
  • The Internationalisation of Advertising
  • The New Journalism
  • The Obama Effect – New Election Campaigning Strategies
  • The Proliferation of Social Networking Sites
  • Virtual Environments for Learning and Work


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About the program. The combined Masters degree in Communications and Project Management enables students interested in a career in corporate communications, public relations and strategic and cultural communication to acquire expertise in the planning, implementation and management of projects and programs. Read more

About the program

The combined Masters degree in Communications and Project Management enables students interested in a career in corporate communications, public relations and strategic and cultural communication to acquire expertise in the planning, implementation and management of projects and programs. The addition of project and program management skills enables graduates to access more strategic positions in their organisation and to be responsible for overseeing new initiatives involving the management of scope, time, cost and risk. Communications is also a key competency of project and program management, and it is therefore possible that students pursuing a project management career might wish to obtain a combined degree with communication. Students graduate with a Master of Communication and a Master of Project Management upon completion. Graduates of this combined degree are internationally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Create career opportunities

Employers continue to seek graduates with a flexible skill set and knowledge across many disciplines, ensuring adaptability. A Master of Communication/ Master of Project Management at Bond allows graduates to gain a deeper understanding in both communication and project management. This combined degree option provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to expand their career paths and is professional recognised in the Project Management industry.

Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!

Intensive mode delivery

In addition to becoming knowledgeable in both communication and project management, students will learn through intensive mode delivery. This delivery method allows participants to receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours per subject. International students are required to be on campus every week.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Communication/Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete all of the following subjects:

In addition, you must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects for your dissertation/portfolio:

or 

  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
  • Plus two (2) elective subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of available postgraduate subjects.(COMN71-710 Communication Internship and Portfolio and further Minor Dissertation/Portfolio subjects are available as elective subject options).


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