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MA Communication, Media and Public Relations (Distance Learning)


Course Description

Course Description

The MA in Communication, Media and Public Relations provides a critical analysis of the principles and practice of media and public relations in a national and global context. You will gain a thorough knowledge of the latest research into news access and journalistic practices, and the growth, functioning and significance of PR in contemporary society.

This course features a combination of compulsory and optional modules. The first year, which is common to all our Media and Communication distance learning courses, will give you a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for analysing, media and communication processes in both the national and global contexts.

In the second year, specialist modules explore a broad range of subjects including PR and propaganda; ‘spin’ and the role of public relations in political and commercial communication; PR and the new media; media management in times of conflict; PR and the promotional practices of special interest groups; NGOs; and the news. There will be opportunities for regional specialisation and a chance to explore PR practices in a global context.

This degree will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically to an advanced level and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing the complex and constantly changing themes and debates within the fields of media and public relations.

By choosing to study by distance learning, you will have the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course modules

Key Issues and Approaches in Media Study
Media History and Social Regulation
Media in Global Context
Communications and Globalization
Investigating Media
Media Industries: Convergence, Divergence
Professional Practices
Audience and Reception
Journalism: News Access and Source Power
Critical Public Relations: Contexts and Issues

Teaching and assessment methods

The course is studied by distance learning. In Year 1 there are five written assignments and one examination. In Year 2 there are four written assignments and a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA Communication, Media and Public Relations (Distance Learning) page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a good second class honours degree in any discipline, though a Social Science degree would be particularly relevant, from an institution recognised by the University. Applicants who do not have a first degree, but who can demonstrate other relevant qualifications and/or experience may also be considered. You may be invited to submit an entry assignment in support of your application.

Course Fees

2016/17: UK/EU- £9,310 International - £10,070


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