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Public Relations and Strategic Communication
Postgraduate course
MA

Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Overview

Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world on this accredited course.

The use of the internet, mobile technology and social media has had a huge impact on our lives and the way we communicate ? information is quite literally available at our fingertips and word of mouth is spreading faster than ever before. This trend is leading to a greater demand for communications professionals who can plan strategic PR campaigns and implement social media and viral campaigns in order to drive businesses forward in the digital age.

You will be paired with an experienced mentor from industry, who will offer valuable advice on your future career and the latest developments in the field. You will also take on a live public relations consultancy project for a client.

You will have the option to undertake a work placement in your second semester.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Your employability will be enhanced by a three-step system - a work placement, real-life project and through guidance from your mentor. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe and these opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

This course forms part of our Leeds Business School which has been at the forefront of public relations education, both nationally and internationally, since 1990. We are a centre for excellence for public relations and communications teaching in the UK and Europe and our academics have substantial professional experience in the subject. The late Alan Rawel, who was Head of Education at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), described us as 'one of the leading university PR departments in Europe'.

The bestselling textbook 'Exploring Public Relations' is edited by our very own Prof Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans, with chapters written by members of our subject group. It is now in its second edition and has been adopted as a standard text by many universities all over the world as well as by the CIPR professional courses.

Our strong relationships with employers and professionals give you the opportunity to do a placement with PR consultancies and in-house PR departments. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe. These opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Charlotte Morris

Careers

Charlotte Morris
Senior Media Relations Manager Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma

“In the PR industry you learn a lot on the job, but the diploma helped me understand the foundations behind my day-to-day work. Two years after finishing my course I was named as one of PR Week’s Top 29 Under 29s – a list of up and coming people working in PR.

Modules & learning

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Examine the role of cultural factors in the management of corporate communications, combining the fields of corporate relations functions and specialist areas of corporate communication.

Gain an understanding of the changing landscape in digital communication and develop the tools for managing personal and corporate reputation.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Develop the core skills required to be a public relations professional, including planning, presentation and writing.

Gain an understanding and awareness of the strategic nature of communication, its role as a management function, and the contribution it makes to the achievement of business objectives.

Develop your critical awareness of communications audits and their function in a consultancy setting. Working in a team alongside your peers, you will audit an aspect of internal or external communications for a live client. You will understand how to use auditing to improve an organisation's business performance, especially in relation to its communications activity.

You will analyse the political, social, legal and technological relationships between businesses in the global external environment. Additionally you will explore issues including sustainable development, competitive advantage of nations, global responsibility and citizenship in relation to the function of business globally.

Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamics and specifics of the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India & China) as examples of the numerous country markets now identified as emerging.

Gain a strategic understanding of how marketing communications tools, media, content, audiences and brands interact. Your knowledge will underpin your understanding of the way in which marketing communications strategy works with branding principles.

You will develop your personal, intellectual and professional skills throughout your placement. Your portfolio and your reflective report will be based on the practical application of theories and ideas you have studied, explored in the context of your placement organisation.

Rudiger Theilmann
Senior Lecturer
Before joining Leeds Beckett’s teaching team in January 2005, Rudiger held the roles of Assistant Professor of Communications and course leader for the MA Communication Management at International University Concordia, Estonia. He uses his previous experience and his own qualification, an MA in Communications which he gained in Munich, to teach postgraduate students subjects such as corporate communications, international communication and PR and strategic communications. His research interests include public relations research and evaluation, public relations theory and intercultural communication.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
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Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

  • Social Spaces
    Social Spaces

    Our social learning spaces typically include PCs, desk space and seating areas, enabling you to study and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

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The Rose Bowl, City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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