Corporate Communication and Public Affairs MSc

Corporate Communications Degree

1. Overview

Our Corporate Communications and Public Relations degree provides the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career within PR and Public Affairs.

Corporate Communications is an essential function within contemporary business environments. 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.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

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

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

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% 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 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,640 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,400 entire course

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

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

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

Disclaimer

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

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader - Communications@rgu.ac.uk

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:

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

Academic school
School of Creative and Cultural Business
Chartered Institute of Public Relations - Approved Centre

Postgraduate Guide


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