Taught course

Public Relations and Society

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Media and Communication
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social sciences or humanities subject. Applications based on degrees in other subject areas will be considered on an individual basis by the programme leader. Relevant professional experience will also be considered.

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Please contact us for more information.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview

Public relations is a growing presence in daily life. It’s behind much of the news and websites we read, the social media we follow and brands we choose to buy. It shapes how we see the world around us. This programme examines the social, political, cultural and economic functions and consequences of PR.

Core modules explore theoretical perspectives applied to PR within communication and cultural studies, and introduce you to its role as a cultural intermediary. You’ll learn to deconstruct the strategies and tactics of PR campaigns and understand how they affect both the organisations that use them and their social and cultural contexts.

You can also tailor this programme to suit you: you’ll choose from optional modules to gain specialist knowledge of topics such as new media, political communication, photography or communication and development. This isn’t a practical training course – instead it offers an insight into the way PR changes how we live, work and relate to each other.

The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

Specialist Facilities

Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound and high-definition projection facilities, as well as projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.

You can also work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. The fully equipped TV studio also has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We also have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam and various cranes, and you’ll have access to a new photographic dark room.

We also run a loans service where you can borrow a range of HD digital camcorders and various Canon stills cameras to help with your project work.

Course Content

The programme is based around two core modules that develop your understanding of PR and its role in contemporary society. You’ll think about PR as a cultural force, exploring theories and research in the field to apply them to different PR campaigns. As you investigate the relationships between PR, the media, politics and commerce, you’ll consider PR practices as they relate to other communications functions like branding, and advertising.

On top of this, you’ll build specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules. These vary every year, but can include topics such as television narrative, media and globalisation, urban narratives, and media and democratisation. The optional modules allow you to focus on topics that suit your own interests or perhaps reflect your career plans.

Throughout the year, you’ll also be preparing for your dissertation through the Dissertation and Research Methods module. Your dissertation is a major independent research project on a topic of your choice, which you submit at the end of the year.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see School website.
International students
Please see School website.

We have a generous range of funding available for postgraduate study. Find out more on the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships database here.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
mediapg@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)113 343 4192