This master's in media and PR is suitable for:
- students who have some PR knowledge through their undergraduate studies or voluntary work
- PR professionals wishing to develop their academic knowledge and research methods
Teaching draws on current research carried out by specialists in media, communication and cultural studies.
Through the course you'll gain:
- a critical understanding of media, culture and society
- knowledge to theorise and analyse media and public relations
- knowledge of media law and public relations regulations in a transnational context
- an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination
You'll also develop valuable professional skills, such as:
- 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
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Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
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Many high-performing students from China have applied for this postgraduate course. We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We are suspending applications from mainland China to this course.
This will be with effect from 23.59 GMT 20 January 2021. All applications received before this deadline will be considered.
What you'll learn
You'll build knowledge, understanding and skills through compulsory and optional modules. You'll carry out independent research into a theme or issue relating to media and public relations for your dissertation.
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.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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|Methodologies: Researching Media, Culture & Society||20|
|Strategies and Management in PR||20|
|Theoretical Approaches to PR||20|
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How you'll learn
You'll be taught using a range of methods, including:
- online learning materials
- online discussion groups
You're expected to work independently and in groups. You'll:
- read widely
- participate actively in discussions
- develop topics for investigation based on advice from tutors
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Oral presentation
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Most of the teaching and learning on this course will take place online or in the Armstrong building.
The Armstrong building has been redeveloped to provide spaces that create the appropriate environment for the delivery of high-quality teaching, learning and research. It includes:
- lecture theatres
- seminar rooms
- PC clusters
- student lounges
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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