Postgraduate

Media and Public Relations MA

Media and Public Relations MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

This course combines public relations practice with theoretical analysis of the media. Theoretical studies are put in context by social, cultural, economic and political issues.

The course is suitable both for students who have some PR knowledge through their undergraduate studies or voluntary work, and PR professionals who wish to develop their academic knowledge and research methods.

Your development

Teaching draws on current research carried out by specialists in media, communication and cultural studies. You will develop:

  • a critical understanding of media, culture and society
  • knowledge to theorise and analyse media and public relations
  • knowledge of media law and advertising regulations in a transnational context
  • an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination
  • analytical and critical skills to assess and conduct research in the field of media and PR
  • the ability to deliver and evaluate a PR event in the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • skills to set up a campaign network and deliver PR campaign messages
  • skills to produce effective press releases and script, shoot and edit digital films

Practitioner and research led teaching

Our experienced professional teaching team includes Stephen Waddington:

  • our Visiting Professor of PR Practice
  • past President of the CIPR
  • author of several of the set textbooks
  • Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum, one of the world's leading PR consultancies

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Europe's largest PR professional body.

You will be affiliated to the CIPR North East regional group. You are welcome to attend any of the events that the group offers to its members at competitive prices, including:

  • meetings
  • breakfast briefings
  • seminars

Membership allows you to network with members. You can seek career advice and guidance, as well as interviewees for dissertation projects.

 

Delivery

The course consists of compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation which enables you to undertake independent research into a theme or issue relating to public relations.

Part-time students take 80 credits of compulsory modules in year one and 100 credits (40 credits optional modules and the 60 credits research dissertation) in year two.

Teaching is conducted through a variety of forms including lectures, seminars, workshops, discussion groups. You are expected to work both independently and in groups, and to read widely, participate actively in discussions and develop topics for investigation based on advice from tutors. Modules are assessed by coursework which consists of essays, oral presentations, reports, projects and dissertation.

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Student profile

The course combines an innovative practical learning experience with cutting-edge theories. This is crucial to help students understand both the industry and academic world.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

UK

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

EU

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

International

Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in:

  • the media
  • broadcast
  • print journalism

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

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Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.

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Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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