Taught course

Marketing and PR

University of Central Lancashire · Lancashire Business School at UCLAN

Entry requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a lower second classification in a marketing and/or public relations or cognate subject area with at least 60 credits in a marketing and/or public relations and/or cognate subject area. Students holding professional qualifications or Level 7 HE qualifications from other universities may gain advanced entry. For example holders of CIM Postgraduate Diploma will join at the final stage. Entrants holding other professional qualifications will be dealt with on an individual basis. Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant marketing and/or public relations work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from masters-level studies are welcome and will these applicants will be interviewed. If applicants have not studied recently they may need to undertake an Access programme first. All applicants are required to submit a 500 word personal statement with their application as evidence of their commitment to the programme and may be called for interview by the course team. Two references that confirm the applicant’s capacity to successfully engage in postgraduate study are also required. Some candidates may be invited for interviews which may be conducted face-to-face, online or by telephone. For applicants whose first language is not English evidence of an ability in English through an official language test (e.g. IELTS at 6.5 or 7) is required.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Marketing and Public Relations prepares graduates to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate advanced communication and marketing strategies for organisations that operate in complex environments. As part of this postgraduate course you will study the theories of communication and marketing which impact internal and external communication practice.

Postgraduate Marketing and Public Relations has a strong research element and research skills are developed via a taught module. The research dissertation allows you to demonstrate a systematic and advanced critical understanding of an aspect of public relations and marketing. It enables you to develop critical awareness of current problems and new insights in your chosen area.

Students will undertake 60 credits in compulsory subjects for PR and Marketing plus research methods and dissertation (80 credits). The remaining 60 credits are option modules enabling students to specialise in PR or Marketing or a balance of both.

Year 1
Compulsory Modules:

  • International critical perspectives on public relations 20 credits
  • Applied communication management 10 credits
  • Strategic Marketing Management 20 credits
  • Digital Marketing 10 credits
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods 20 credits
  • Marketing or PR Dissertation 60 credits

Option Modules:

  • Digital communication 10 credits
  • Public affairs and public issues management 20 credits
  • Communication and social theory 20 credits
  • Media communication 10 credits
  • Fundraising and sponsorship 10 credits
  • Internal communication management 10 credits
  • Rhetoric 10 credits
  • Corporate social responsibility 10 credits
  • Applied client project 10 credits
  • Thinking and writing for Postgraduate study 20 credits
  • Market Screening, Selection and Entry 10 credits
  • Contemporary Marketing Communications Issues 20 credits
  • Principles and Concepts of Marketing Management 10 credits
  • Principles of International Marketing 10 credits

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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