Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £7,750 *
International Fees £15,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course is designed to produce the future leaders of the Public Relations Industry. You will not only learn the practical skills required to embark on a career in PR but also the research and analysis skills that will help you get ahead. You will create campaigns, pitch to clients, stage a press conference and create videos and blogs, as well as write research reports, essays and a dissertation. You will also explore issues affecting the industry, such as professional ethics and the impact of digital media.

The course has close links to the London-based PR industry, and is one of a select few chosen by the UK’s professional PR bodies, the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR) for their University partnership initiatives. These connections with leading PR practitioners help you gain the practical knowledge and understanding you need to work in PR.

The course combines practice skills with analytical tools and is highly participative. You will take part in workshops, debates, seminars, presentations and group exercises including making pitches and presenting creative campaign ideas. 

There are no formal examinations on this course. You are assessed on course work including essays, presentations, blogs, group work and your participation in class exercises. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

These module explores a range of perspectives on PR. We look at the social, cultural and management approaches to PR, and examine the tension between these theoretical models and their practical application. 

These modules enable students to articulate either a substantial academic research project, or a research project based on professional PR activity. The course team provides guidance on how to plan and conduct these activities and students will learn how to apply the theories, research methods and scholarly practice learned in their other modules.

This module gives you the opportunity to develop and apply practical public relations skills. You will plan, design and present a creative public relations campaign, produce video content and and explore the relationship between PR agencies and clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

The module equips you with the professional practice skills to manage media relations including writing press releases, conducting media interviews and preparing media events. It also looks at the increasing role of ‘content’ in media relations, including the development of an online newsroom.

This module provides a critical evaluation of the public relations industry and the context in which it operates. You will look at the role of the practitioner and explore whether perceptions of the industry are valid. You will also consider the professional aspirations of PR, ethics and how the industry is changing in the context of digital media. 

Optional modules

This module focuses on the need for strategic planning to produce compelling advertising, and evaluate its effectiveness. You will study a range of planning processes including market research, insight identification, and trend forecasting, with a key focus on media selection and analytics. Throughout the module you would work with a client in order to structure a business problem into a creative brief. 

This module highlights the role of brands in contemporary society, their use by organisations, and their significance for contemporary advertising and PR professionals. You will study the meanings of ‘brand’ and ‘branding’, and investigate the relationship between a brand, its products and its promotional strategies. Brand image and corporate identity are covered with attention paid to the ideas of brand building, brand development, brand equity and brand extension. 

As trust in institutions declines how can NGOs maintain their influence and change their techniques to deliver successful campaigns? What does the new political and campaigning landscape look like? What are the current techniques? And how can you decide which is the best technique to use for your campaign?

How do organisations manage their reputation even when in a crisis? These are some of the questions which you will address in this module. You will learn how to analyse stakeholders and prepare a communications strategy. 

From luxury brands to the high street, the world of fashion relies on promotion and public relations. This module gives you an opportunity to take a backstage tour of the fashion industry and design a campaign for a leading fashion brand. 

Course accreditation

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

Entry Requirements

You should normally have a good first degree qualification (Upper Second Class Honours) or equivalent, although professional qualifications or substantial appropriate work experience may be acceptable instead. The course relies heavily on you being able to write and present effectively in English, and if English is not your first language, you need to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, plus sufficient academic or professional background. 

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You should normally have a good first degree qualification (Upper Second Class Honours) or equivalent, although professional qualifications or substantial appropriate work experience may be acceptable instead. The course relies heavily on you being able to write and present effectively in English, and if English is not your first language, you need to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, plus sufficient academic or professional background. 

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Careers

Our graduates come from all over the world. Many return to their home countries to pursue their careers, while others work all in Asia, Europe, Australasia, the US and the Middle East. Many of our alumni work in major international PR agencies including H + K Strategies and Edelman, while others work in-house at organisations as diverse as Lego and the United Nations.

It is not unusual for our students to have started careers in PR even before they have formally graduated. We work closely with the PR industry, offering our students a range of study visits to agencies and in-house departments in addition to a wide variety of guest speakers. We offer details of PR industry graduate schemes, and assist our students in applying. We maintain the relevance of the course curriculum through regular consultation with people working within the PR industry.

 

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  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £7,750 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £15,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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