Corporate Communication and Public Affairs MSc

MSc Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

1. Overview

The MSc Corporate Communication and Public Affairs course provides the practical skills and relevant academic knowledge required for a career within the Corporate Communication field.

Corporate Communication is an essential function within contemporary business environments.  With 24-hour media cycles, it is important that organisations manage media enquiries professionally.  Factors such as reputation and the ability to communicate in an effective and timely way with all stakeholders are recognised as critical success factors for growth and survival.

This course has been developed in direct response to employers' needs through close consultation with leading practitioners and professional bodies.

The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, coursework, workshops, simulation, guest lectures and a four-week work placement. We work closely with industry specialists to offer a programme of events and workshops and we invite practitioners to the university to share their experiences and best practice.  For example, video conferences take place with Brussels-based public affairs practitioners.  These events provide key networking opportunities and you are encouraged to attend visits to local media organisations and other local events organised through the Aberdeen Communications Group which take place through the year.

2. What you will study

Teaching is delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle.

Stage 1

Exit Award: PgCert Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Stage 2

Exit Award: PgDip Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Stage 3

Award: MSc Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Dissertation In Semester 2 you must present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently, but under supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Part-time Study
Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

Distance Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry requirements

This course is designed to meet the requirements of Honours-level graduates and current practitioners who want to enhance their existing levels of professional skills.

Those who are new to the subject, have a flair for language and strategic thinking and are looking to follow a career within communications are also suited to this course. The programme will give you the relevant skills and experience to find employment as dedicated in-house communication professionals or within busy agencies or public affairs consultancies.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

Placement 

A four-week work placement within a Communication, Media or Marketing environment is undertaken as part of the course. Companies offering placements expect students to be creative and to come on placement with energy, enthusiasm and some creative ‘new' ideas. Students often produce work that they are then able to put into a personal portfolio.

Previous students have elected to pursue roles within blue-chip corporations; global communications consultancies; global broadcasting companies; newspapers; leading arts and heritage organisations; oil and gas industry; marketing agencies; public sector; charities; digital media; and TV and radio.

Depending on the placement, you will work on small individual or team projects. You will also be given the chance to observe the overall running of the company, learn about different communication strategies and experience why companies adopt the strategies they do.

Accreditation 

The masters degree qualification of this course* has been awarded accreditation and is approved by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and students are eligible for student membership. Recognition by the professional body is an assurance of the high professional standard and credibility of this corporate communication course.

* CIPR only applies to the Masters level (not to PgDip).

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship is available to:

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,780 Stage 1
  • £2,780 Stage 2
  • £2,340 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,695 Stage 1
  • £2,695 Stage 2
  • £2,270 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Part-time

  • £2,619 Stage 1
  • £2,619 Stage 2
  • £2,192 Stage 3

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,619 Stage 1
  • £2,619 Stage 2
  • £2,192 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,150 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,600 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 1
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 2
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,136 MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £6,000 entire course

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,900 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Robert  Halsall
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Contact
Robert Halsall
+44 (0)1224 263819

9. Prospects

The rapidly expanding Corporate Communication industry provides excellent opportunities for graduates who are equipped with a broad range of professional, technological and creative skills.

The corporate and technical communication components of the course make up a highly distinctive and accredited qualification that enhances career opportunities in both private and public sectors in areas such as PR or marketing, media and creative fields and other related areas.

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Award
MSc
Start date
September
Course length
Full-time - 1 Year / Part-time or Online Distance Learning - 3 Years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Part-time / Online Distance Learning
Academic school
Communication, Marketing and Media Department Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Dr Robert Halsall +44 (0)1224 263819
Approved By
Chartered Institute of Public Relations - Approved Centre

University pathways at ICRGU - Pre-Master's

ICRGU

The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers entry into the MSc Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Robert Gordon University for International Students.


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