MA Public Relations
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|Study Mode||Full Time|
|Course Length||One year full-time|
£7,500 (2012-14 full-time fees). Fees given could be subject to review.
£1,000 discount available to Home/EU students successfully awarded a UAL BA, FdA, PgCert or PgDip.
For a full breakdown of standard fees visit the University's Tuition Fees pages
£13,800 (full-time 2013-14 fees)
Fees given could be subject to review. Some courses charge non-standard fee rates and additional costs. For details call the International Office on +44 (0)20 7514 8138.
A Rector's Scholarship worth £5,000 is available to UK and EU students on this course. For more information please go to the MA funding page.
|Start Date||September 2013|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 23rd September 2013 – Friday 6th December 2013 (starting with Freshers' Festival Week)|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 6th January 2014 – Friday 21st March 2014|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Friday 20 June 2014 (the course lasts a full year over 45 weeks and students work on their dissertations through the summer until course completion in September)|
Through College. UK and EU students should download this application form (PDF - 4MB). International students should use the international postgraduate application form which is available to download on the international office's web pages. Read on for any additional application requirements.
Gain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations with this highly-regarded Masters degree, and accelerate within one of the UK’s most vibrant professions that ranks consistently amongst the top three career choices for new graduates.
Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), this course will appeal to those who may already be working in the profession and want to progress, those who are seeking a career move, or those wishing to start their career by establishing a solid knowledge base.
What you can expect
You can expect to develop your intellectual abilities, skills and knowledge needed to strategically manage the reputation of brands and organisations in adding value to their commercial success and supporting their goals. The course will give you a framework for the PR planning process, addressing the critical role of research and evaluation.
You will examine the disciplines of stakeholder communications, events management, investor relations, public affairs and employee communications and how they link to corporate strategy, and be involved in planning and implementing national and international campaigns.
As part of this, you'll explore the most effective use of PR tools such as media relations, change management and issues and crisis management. The specific skills of story telling and writing for media across traditional and digital media channels are also practiced and looked at in depth, along with the role of persuasion and influence.
An understanding of the impact of global, financial, political and opinion former publics will be gained in you honing your ability to communicate with 'publics' as well the ethical, technological and global issues that are inherent within the modern environment.
You'll also explore the wider cultural and societal landscape in which PR operates touching on areas such as celebrity, power and discourse and the wider impact of globalisation. This will help develop your research and analytical skills in preparation for the final dissertation.
Tutors on this course include Course Director, Sarah Roberts-Bowman, an experienced and active PR practitioner with a track record of 17 years working in corporate communications and public affairs across business-to-business, start-ups and non-profit organisations. These include for example, names such as BT, Energis, Central London Partnership and Centrepoint.
Sarah Roberts-Bowmanalso runs her own successful freelance consultancy and is currently a doctoral student at the University of West London. Students benefit considerably from her expertise and enthusiasm for PR education.
The degree also benefits from the support of over 25 guest lecturers who are specialist PR practitioners and academics. In addition, LCC is one of only a handful of universities recognised by the PRCA and is actively supported by the organisation through the provision of guest speakers.
Alumni include Phil Morgan, Director of Policy and Communications at the CIPR. On leaving the course, students enter a variety of in-house and consultancy roles both in the UK and in their home countries.
What students say about the course
"Coming together with students who are specialists in different fields of communications has been great. For me, what was really important was the fresh perspective on PR that I gained from studying in an arts environment."
Laura Owen, who works in Public Relations at the Home Office
"Taking this MA is one of the best career moves I have made. I can honestly say it has made certain aspects of my job here a lot easier."
Major Charlie Mayo, Ministry of Defence communications specialist
Please note: This course's structure is currently being reviewed and may be subject to changes.
Please note, the course is due for minor modifications to take into account a new university wide change in credit structure. All components outlined below will be taught but it will done under different unit titles.
- Knowledge Pool - PR into Practice (runs through all 3 phases)
- Unit 1.1 - PR Theory, Publics and Persuasion (20 credits)
- Unit 1.2 - Contemporary PR Practice (20 credits)
- Unit 1.3 - Media and Cultural Studies (20 credits)
- Unit 2.1 - Strategic PR (20 credits)
- Unit 2.2 - Social Media and Digital PR (20 credits)
- Unit 2.3 - PR Specialisms (20 credit)
- Unit 3.1 - Major Project [dissertation] (60 credits)
Many students have moved upwards within their own organisations or gained higher level positions within new employment positions as a result of this course. Many students have also chosen to go into business for themselves.
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The normal entry requirement for this course is a good honours degree in a relevant subject. But other qualifications that are deemed to be equivalent to a first degree, along with any relevant professional, industrial or commercial experience will be considered.
International and EU students: If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information is available on our International Applications page.
You need to apply to this course through the College. UK and EU students should download this application form (PDF - 4MB). International students should use the international postgraduate application form which is available to download on the international office's web pages. Applications should be sent to Postgraduate Admissions, Central Administration Office, 5th Floor Tower Block, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB.
Home/EU student fee discounts
If you have successfully completed a UAL undergraduate degree you will qualify for a £1000 discount from your tuition fees. For further information please contact email@example.com
For enquiries about admissions please call the admissions team on +44 (0)20 7514 6599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for UK and EU student enquiries, or email@example.com for international enquiries.