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Media and Public Relations MA

Course code

P210PMDPUBLC

Start date

September

Subject area

Film Studies

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £8,240

International £17,355

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

What is public relations? Who does it and why? How does it relate to the media practices? How do you plan a public relations campaign? And why is it important to have a sophisticated understanding of cultural dynamics in order to understand public relations?

On this MA you will engage with theoretical concepts that can help you understand how Public Relations and the Media work and why they are significant; it looks at PR and media history, engages in lively debates about these industries and teaches you practical PR skills which you can creatively deploy in campaign plans.

While Public Relations has often been taught through business studies or marketing approaches, this MA approaches PR through the lens of media studies and cultural studies. This makes for a fresh stimulating take on PR at a time when media practices are changing radically and when cultural industries, cultural exchange and cultural politics are more important than ever.

This MA will offer you the opportunity to examine the context in which PR practice takes place and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in a sophisticated and ethical way in PR.

We are a partner-member of the Public Relations Communications Association. This means that as students you get:

  • Unlimited and free access to PRCA online training courses to add to your academic programme.
  • The opportunity to get a PRCA Online Certificate
  • Free access to networking events.
  • Opportunities to enhance your professional development by attending panels, masterclasses and training sessions.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Recent graduates have been employed as:

  • Communications Officers for NGOs
  • Events Officers
  • Self-employed PR consultants
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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Social Sciences; Law; Humanties; Arts or Business.
  • Other subjects and qualifications will be considered with relevant work experience.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£8,240 full-time

£4,120 part-time

International

£17,355 full-time

£8,675 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

The Media and Public Relations MA is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings and industry speakers.

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Assessment and feedback

The MA will be assessed through a combination of essays, reports, case studies, campaign design and a dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.