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4076F - Media and Public Relations MA

Media and Public Relations MA

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Start in: September 2022

This Media and Public Relations master's combines public relations practice with theoretical analysis of the media. Theoretical studies are put in context by social, cultural, economic and political issues.


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
  • written materials for traditional and digital media

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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.

How you'll learn

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Our experienced professional teaching team includes colleagues with international background and a variety of experience in the PR and communication industry.

Look up profiles of specific module leaders

Each year, we host exclusive MAsterclasses with expert speakers, including Stephen Waddington who is:

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


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