This course is for people who want to develop their skills and knowledge as professional communicators.
You select modules and topic areas to suit your needs from a wide choice in professional communication.
The course improves your practice as a professional communicator and develops your knowledge of the complexities of human communication in professional contexts. You can balance academic or research-led topics with applied topics to suit and improve your communication practice. You can negotiate assignments with tutors to reflect your needs.
Attendance is part-time through distance learning, or you can combine distance learning with some face-to-face learning in the University.
We aim this course at a range of careers in areas such as:
technical and corporate communications
business and organisational communication
teaching and caring professions
public relations and some media professions
The course benefits any occupation where communication is a significant part of the business.
All assessment is by coursework - there are no examinations. There is one assignment for each module, equivalent to a long essay which you negotiate with your tutors.
We use different forms of assessment according to the learning outcomes of the module. To qualify for MA, you must complete a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.
The dissertation will be on a topic of your choice, entirely supervised through remote learning.
portfolio of professional reflective practice
communication planning and theory
introduction to corporate communication
plus two from:
language and writing
digital media and society
practical public relations
public relations in society
plus a portfolio of professional reflective practice
plus three from:
software interface and documentation
the theory of persuasion
persuasion in practice
digital media and communication
You must have one or more of the following
a first degree
recognised professional qualifications in a communication field
at least four years’ work experience in a professional communication field, or a closely related field such as science communication or information design. If you don’t have a recognised qualification you must show that you are capable of sustained academic study and motivated towards a course of this kind. This is done through an interview.