This variant of our established MSc Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. This course provides students with a solid international perspective on strategic communication and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Barcelona, Spain.
The MSc Strategic Communication & Public Relations is an interdisciplinary, advanced level course taught by established academics and practitioners. It offers a hands-on approach while at the same time providing you with the theoretical foundations necessary to practise public relations at a managerial level.
You will be offered the opportunity to attend a Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series in Brussels, which includes visits to the European Parliament, the European Commission as well as specialist industry seminars with leading public affairs and public relations experts in Brussels.
This course is taught completely in English and students will obtain a joint MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Pompeu Fabra University. Students spend the Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then decide if they would like to have their dissertation supervised by Stirling or Pompeu Fabra.
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your course of study.
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.
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The course covers a range of modules including public relations and public communications theories, strategic public relations planning, media relations, public diplomacy and strategic communication, digital media, public affairs and advocacy, and research methods.
Delivery methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, small group tutorials, field trips and visiting speaker presentations.
Methods of assessment include academic essays; timed assignments, public relations and communication campaigns including presentations and reports; press conferences; a media relations portfolio which includes press releases, feature articles, and blogs; practical communication reports and strategic plans; case studies; research designs; content analysis; in-class contributions and presentations.
Students also complete a 12,000-word dissertation.
|Semester||Module 1||Module 2||Module 3||Module 4||Module 5|
Public Relations and Public Communications Theories
Media Relations and Production
Research for Dissertation
|All Core Modules|
(Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Strategic Public Relations Planning
Research and Evaluation for Practice
Public Affairs and Advocacy
Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication
Public Relations and Digital Media
|All Core Modules|
|Semester 3||PREP10 – Dissertation
Students can choose to complete their dissertation at Pompeu Fabra or Stirling.
This listing is based on the current curriculum and changes may be made to the course in response to new curriculum developments and innovations. Module information for 2017/18 will be made available in due course.
Full-time, based at the University of Stirling, Scotland and at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
Public Relations & Public Communication Theories
Lectures: TUE, 10:00 – 12:00
TUE, 14:00 – 18:00
Media Relations & Production
THU, 14:00 – 17:00
Research for Dissertation PREPP64
Lectures: FRI, 12:00 – 14:00
FRI, 09:00 – 10:30
FRI, 10:30 – 12:00
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Research within Communications, Media and Culture had 70 percent of its research rated as either ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Pompeu Fabra staff are also research active and publish internationally.
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This course provides a unique multicultural and intercultural experience for students as well as an innovative and challenging curriculum that is regularly updated. Students will develop a solid theoretical foundation as well as learn practical skills necessary for working within the public relations industry.
Students benefit from the experience and expertise of the academic research active team at Stirling and Pompeu Fabra; students are able to study in both northern and southern Europe (Scotland and Spain) and will develop an international outlook.
Students are able to attend a two-day Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series delivered in Brussels (additional cost).
“To be able to live and study in two different countries is a wonderful opportunity. The courses and teachers were excellent in both schools. I loved the combination of a semester in each country. It was great to be able to experience the fall in Scotland, and then the spring and summer in Barcelona.
I have made good friends from all over the world and you can’t put a price on that.”
Dagur Odinsson, 2015
“The course structure is impeccable and gives the student adequate theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience. As a specialisation course, it not only gives more insight on the field to PR practitioners, but also introduces the concept of Public Relations to beginners, by starting from the basics.”
Mia Raghavi, 2014
This course prepares students for international careers in public relations, strategic communication and related areas in consultancies, private sector companies (in-house positions), NGOs and international organisations, including the EU and the UN. Our graduates typically occupy positions of communications officer/manager, public relations officer/manager, press officer, social media officer/manager, internal communications officer/manager, corporate affairs officer/manager etc. Some graduates start their own companies or work as project managers. Others stay in academia, going on to gain PhDs and then work as lecturers, teaching and researching public relations in universities.