Masters degrees in Internal Communications equip postgraduates with advanced knowledge of communication strategies, for the management of businesses and other organisations.
Taught MA and MSc programmes are typical for this field of study. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Business or Communication Studies. Work experience, such as a year in industry, is an essential requirement for some programmes.
Courses in this field are usually highly vocational, with many offering you the opportunity to gain accreditation from a number of professional bodies.
A Masters in Internal Communications will typically explore the theory and practise of techniques such as HR (human resources) management, knowledge management (legislation and staff training) and change strategy.
Training will include analysis of organisational strategy for businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors across various industries. For example, you may opt to focus your studies on charities, corporate business, commercial and retail organisations, or international trading.
Careers are therefore highly varied. As well as internal management of organisations, you could explore roles in public relations, marketing and publishing, or even specialist communications services within government agencies.
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 communication 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 of technology.
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.
CIPR Internal Communication Diploma students learn alongside other CIPR and MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations students ensuring that you benefit from sharing experiences and develop a network of colleagues. Assessment is through production of a management proposal. Further information is available on the CIPR website at http://www.cipr.co.uk/content/qualifications/internalcommunication-diploma.
Teaching is normally delivered in one day blocks three/ four times a year.
This course does not follow a modular structure.
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.
In today’s competitive world, business success depends increasingly on the ability to innovate. Business leaders are already recognising the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development and design thinking in shaping business strategy.
The course develops creative design literate engineers, scientists and management postgraduates. It is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines who recognise the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development.
The aim of this Master of Design (MDes) programme in Innovation and Creativity in Industry is to equip candidates with skills and capabilities in, and knowledge of, fact-based creative design approaches to improve organisation effectiveness. The programme has been developed in conjunction with the University of Arts London (UAL) through the Centre for Competitive Creative Design, which aims to inspire organisations to apply creative design capability and enhance competitiveness.
There is a strong emphasis on applying knowledge in the industrial or business environment and the programme is taught in the context of practical application. Students will develop a working knowledge of the use of a comprehensive range of industry standard ICT tools and practices to formally capture and re-use knowledge, information and data. Students will also benefit from practical experience in creative design practices through the group project (dissertation for part-time students). In addition, the extensive individual thesis project provides industry-led education in creative design applications.
The primary focus of the Centre for Competitive Creative Design is embedding state-of-the-art design-led innovation practice, developed through research and industry collaboration, within business and education to improve commercial performance and develop future innovation leaders.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
The course comprises eight one-week assessed modules a group design project, which includes individual concept development through collaboration, and an individual design project resulting in a public exhibition.
The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.
Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.
As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.
The individual design project provides you with the opportunity to enhance your independent learning ability and knowledge by developing solutions to real problems in an industrially relevant area.
The subject of the project is agreed between the student and the supervisor and will normally be based around part of the taught material and/or a company problem.
Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual research project 40%
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Cranfield has an international reputation and track record in industrial research for applied sciences, engineering and management. Cranfield University is recognised internationally as the leading UK educational institution in art and design, named in Business Week as one of the worlds best design schools.
There is a recognised skills shortage in competitive creative design. Graduates of this course are therefore sought after by employers and will be able to secure positions within a range of sectors. Roles are varied, ranging from managers of people to design managers in creative industries. Graduates will possess a combination of science-based skills with creative insight which is increasingly desirable for employers looking to enhance productivity performance in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA allows you to study how the nature of teaching and learning is changing in a highly connected environment.
Learners are increasingly relying on each other and the Internet for their learning and metacognition resources. As an educator you need to understand your role in such an environment and how to use Information, Communication and Educational Technology effectively for achieving your objectives.
On the course you will cover:
-Self-organised learning environments
-Why pedagogy matters
-The impact of technology on education
-The latest innovations in educational technology
This course will be useful for educators. Through developing knowledge of this subject your teaching skills will be strengthened and employability will improve. The course will also be of interest to people with an IT background who are keen on developing or supporting technology enhanced learning.
The course builds on a strong research base in three research centres in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences:
-The Centre for Learning and Teaching
-The EG West Centre
The course also draws on the expertise of a number of highly regarded academics. These include:
-Professor Sugata Mitra
-Professor David Leat
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA is one of a suite of courses. You may also be interested in:
-Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management), MA
-Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning), MA
These MAs are flexible in nature and you will have the option to study modules across the three different courses.
The majority of taught modules are offered in the first semester, including some sessions which are run in the early evening and on Saturdays. During the year there is a development to a greater element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work.
You complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you.
There is an extended induction programme that provides you with support for advanced study, including assignment writing and information and communications and technology (ICT) training.
You will have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your taught modules. Your placement will be in an educational setting such as a local primary or secondary school. This is enjoyable and useful in contextualising your understanding of learning theory.
You also have the option of taking a longer placement outside the UK, adding to the international perspectives nature of the course.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio.
Communication is one of the most vital parts to our work and life. Ability to succeed in life beyond basic communication levels opens significant doors in terms of business, successful organisational growth, great human relationships and ability to grow opportunities. This programme allows you to understand and explore just how much we communicate effectively and with each other and how we interact with the wider world in doing so. Communication is vital to success on an individual and organisational level and this programme gives you a multidisciplinary approach to the discipline. You can discover and fine tune your skills in negotiation, create rapport, provide leadership and interpret various issues to interaction which prevent growth, movement or improvements within an organisation and your business relationships. This is an essential language which you can apply to just about any known business and organisation area. Professional communication can be the difference between the failure or success of projects, organisations and people management, plus how your organisation is seen by the rest of the world. Specific business areas we look at are in healthcare, law and the energy industry in Aberdeen so that we can utilise our networks but these skills are applicable to any business discipline or institution.
You acquire skills in organisational negotiation, leadership, rapport management and interaction with a range of professional institutions and business organisations. You study a variety of intercultural communications and professional contexts to uncover the true meaning of data in language analysis for example. The breadth of opportunities for a professional with communications expertise is immense and it can be anything from the more obvious communications, marketing and change management positions to HR, teaching, PR and crisis management.
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Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree programme that addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. The programme emphasises developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers.
The specific objectives of the programme include:
Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.
How do global transformations affect democratic politics? What is the role of the media in the transformation of contemporary democracies? Why do economic activities result in global and national financial crises and inequality instead of in stability and democratisation? How does governance affect organisations and communication, and how do governance and organisations structure communication and political and economic activity?
The Global Politics and Communication programme offers a cutting-edge combination of political science, communication studies and global political economy. You will apply ideas, concepts and methodologies to key societal and political issues such as the changing character of democracy, the role of organisations and governance in the globalising world, and the regulation of global finance and trade.
During the first year, you will study general theoretical and methodological courses and take part in thematic courses offered by the programme’s study tracks. In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge on your selected study track or study tracks by participating in thematic specialization courses. You will also attend the Master’s seminar and write your Master’s thesis.
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).
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.
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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.
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:
The Master of Communication prepares senior communication managers to work effectively as strategists in the business, public and not-for-profit sectors. They deal with mid and long-term issues analysis and management in strategic communication and marketing communication.
The degree includes subjects on communication theories, strategic planning, leadership and advanced research methods, social media and the application of these to a major research project.
The Master of Communication (Strategic) specialises in communication and social theory, contemporary theories of risk and risk communication, and the analysis of how critical issues develop. Insights from these studies are applied to strategic communication planning and implementation.
The Master of Communication (Marketing) develops advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of marketing communication. The specialisation focuses on how advertising, public relations, promotion, direct marketing and selling combine to develop effective integrated marketing communication strategies.
Students wishing to complete a more generic Master of Communication degree may choose units from both streams to suit their professional needs.
Application will be made to the Public Relations Institute of Australia and to the Advertising industry for accreditation.