Public Relations and Digital Communications (PG Cert)

Manchester Metropolitan University

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The award
PG Cert

How long you will study
10 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
February

International course fees
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About Public Relations and Digital Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry

2017

Length

10 months part-time distance learning starting in February. 

Part-time Delivery

This course starts in February 2018. 
2017 2018 University Year

Semester 1: February June 2018
Unit 1 Public Relations Theory and Strategy

Semester 2: September December 2018
Unit 2 Strategy and Planning for Digital & Social Media Communications

Each unit consists of ten weeks of teaching followed by six weeks for assignment preparation. On average, you can expect to engage in approximately two hours of online teaching per week, supplemented with your own reading and preparation work.

Applicants holding a CIPR Diploma in Public Relations are exempt from taking Unit 1 for this PgCert.

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1410 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2400 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £300

How are these costs calculated?

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Location

Manchester Campus

Department

Business School

This course starts in February 2018. 

Applications to the MSc can be made using our online form. Should you wish to only apply for the PgCert or PgDip, please apply using the postgraduate application form.

This innovative online, part-time course is designed for PR professionals who want to progress and continue their professional development by adding an academic discipline to their practical experience, or those looking to move into PR.

This course also provides a pathway onto our MSc Public Relations and Media Management. 

As well as an underpinning in PR theory and strategy, the course explores public relations campaign planning skills using the latest digital and social media techniques. 

Teaching is online, using interactive weekly webinars and can be undertaken at home or the workplace, from anywhere in the world.  You are supported by tutors and classmates that you meet regularly online in a virtual classroom. Each session will be recorded, allowing you to access the material at a later stage.

Integral Foundation Days, held at the Business School, introduce each unit and additional support days are provided to assist learning and assessment. 

Experienced professionals whose qualifications pre-date digital communications, or who are seeking to progress to a more strategic PR role will find this course equally valuable. It will also suit journalists, marketers or other professionals seeking a career change qualification.

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1410 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2400 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Career options after the course

Public relations and digital communications are rapidly evolving and growing industries, with a need for professionals who possess the latest skills. Graduates from professional-level PR and digital courses at Manchester Met Business School have an excellent record in career progression, and substantially improve their employability skills required for these dynamic sectors.

The types of role we expect graduates to progress to or enhance are: PR account executive; PR account manager; digital PR manager; digital project manager; or self-employment in the public relations or digital area. We are affiliated with the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) through the PRCA Partner University initiative.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will consider your application if you have significant, relevant experience or degree equivalent professional qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English Language proficiency to TEFL minimum score 600 (minimum 4.0 in written test) or IELTS normal score 7.0 [must achieve 6.5 minimum in written English].

 If you are a mature student with relevant professional qualifications or you have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma, you may be eligible for an advanced standing route on this programme.

 Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve a PG Cert in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the unit you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the PG Cert.

Practitioners holding a CIPR Diploma in Public Relations are exempt Unit 1 (30 credits) for this course, and as a result will need to undertake Unit 2 to achieve the PG Cert.

For further information about the course email business.gateway@mmu.ac.uk

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

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