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Course content

Corporate communications is an increasingly important strategic issue for organisations, and expertise in this area will offer excellent opportunities for career progression.

As a communications manager or leader wanting to maximise your professional performance and career opportunities in this dynamic sector, you will develop specialist knowledge and hone your strategic skills to improve the performance of your organisation. You will learn about the latest communication trends and be kept up-to-date with the rapidly changing standards and practices in industry.

You should be able to complete this accredited course with minimal disruption to your professional schedule. The course is delivered part-time, with six core modules usually studied across six Friday and Saturday blocks in your first year. In your second year, you will research and write your dissertation. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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

Course Benefits

Leeds Business School has been at the forefront of development in public relations education, both nationally and internationally, since 1990. Your course is delivered by lecturers within our Public Relations & Communications Subject Group which includes 15 academic staff teaching across 10 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.

If you have already gained the CIPR Diploma you will be exempt from the core modules Stakeholder and Employee Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility & Communication, and Issues & Crisis Public Relations, and will follow a fast track route to a masters degree.

Academic staff within the group have contributed chapters to the best-selling textbook 'Exploring Public Relations' edited by Professor Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans.

As a communications professional with a track record including time as the Communications Manager at Rolls-Royce, this course was a natural choice for Annalie Brown: "The course was right for me and it helped that I was exempt from some modules due to having the CIPR Diploma already."

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here.

Core modules

  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Communication
  • Digital Communication Management
  • Issues & Crisis Public Relations
  • Dissertation
  • Specialist Public Relations
  • Stakeholder Relations & Employee Communications
  • Marketing Communications Strategy

Job prospects

Your modules will focus on the real-life challenges practitioners face in their work and career development, ensuring you will be able to apply your learning to your work straightaway. On completion, you will be able to use your refined critical analysis and strategic thinking skills in a private, public or non-profit sector environment.

  • Communications Officer
  • Communications Manager
  • Head of Communications
  • Strategic Brand Planner

Visit the Corporate Communications - MSc page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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