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.
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 lives and ability to succeed in life beyond basic communication levels. 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 area. 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.
Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion
Communication Theory and Analysis
Business Model Innovation
The Leadership Challenge
Dissertation in Professional Communications
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