Corporate Communication and Public Affairs MSc

Corporate Communications Degree

1. Overview

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

Masters in Corporate Communication and Public RelationsCorporate 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. Regular events provide key networking opportunities and students are encouraged to attend visits to media organisations and other local events which take place through the year.

The course has been rated within the Top 50 Comms courses globally (Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking).

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.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

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.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations


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.


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. 

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 2015/2016

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,060 Stage 1
  • £3,060 Stage 2
  • £2,040 Stage 3

UK/EU Students


  • £5,000 entire course

International Students


  • £10,000 entire course

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


  • £5,000 entire course

International Students


  • £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


  • £5,000 entire course

International Students


  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students


  • £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


  • £6,150 entire course

International Students


  • £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. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at

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 the Course Leader:

Dr Nicola Furrie - Lecturer in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Aberdeen Business School

Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: 01224 263403



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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Course length

Full-time - 1 Year / Part-time or Online Distance Learning - 3 Years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time / Online

Academic school
Communication, Marketing and Media Department Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Dr Nicola Furrie Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263403
Chartered Institute of Public Relations - Approved Centre


I'm heading the communications aspect of the Bank's change management team. I am implementing a new strategy, a change in technology and a redefinition of our culture and leadership structure.  It's been a great experience and the Masters was very useful in this new role.

Rafiat Gawat - (Class of 2013/14)

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