About the course
The MA in Journalism and Public Relations equips learners with the skills to meet the demands of a media industry undergoing sustained and systematic change while also specialising in public relations. This MA programme concentrates on journalism and public relations from the perspective of a PR content creator and strategic planner who has an understanding of the media industry and is able to research, formulate and implement communication plans and strategies.
Learners are given an understanding of the workings of the media industry and develop specific skills in journalism through modules such as Writing & Reporting in which learners participate in news days and create reports in both print and radio.
This programme will be of interest to holders of primary degrees who intend to embark on a career within fields of journalism and public relations as well as people with prior learning in journalism and media related disciplines, or ancillary communications/research based employment who desire to specialise in journalism and public relations. National Union of Journalists recognition of this programme entitles students to apply for an NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.
The MA in Journalism and Public Relations is designed to be delivered on a full-time basis over one calendar year and on a part-time basis over 2 years. Learners on the MA programme will complete 9 mandatory modules and a dissertation. The first semester of this programme is common taught with MA Journalism learners while the second semester offers Public Relations specialisms. The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations consists of the 9 mandatory modules.