Communication, Media and Public Relations MA/PGDip
Duration and mode of study
Two years by distance learning. This course is also available on campus.
January, April, July and October.
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.
These are the total course fees. Please note that the fees for our distance learning programmes are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.
October 2013, January 2014, April 2014 and July 2014
The specialised modules in this programme are designed for those wishing to acquire detailed knowledge of the latest research into news access and journalistic practices, and on the growth, functioning and significance of PR in contemporary society. Modules will cover 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.
- 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.