Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
This flexible PgCert will enable you to develop your communications and public relations knowledge and skills without the commitment of full-time study, making it ideal for those with existing work commitments.
On this course you will develop the specialist skills needed to communicate effectively across a range of media and digital platforms. It’s important to understand the bigger picture, and you will study within a framework that emphasises strategic thinking and a critical stance, enabling you to make an effective, ethical and responsible contribution to your organisation.
- Develop the modern strategic communication skills that employers are looking for.
- Earn an internationally respected postgraduate qualification on a course that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Public Relations and Communications Association.
- Tailor your learning to your future career, developing knowledge, skills and learning in a rich and diverse environment from tutors who are
- internationally published researchers and practitioners with years of professional experience.
- Flexible block-study means you can combine study with your existing work and life commitments.
The course is delivered in blocks of attendance with further online learning. It is ideal for those who wish to study at master’s level when in employment.
The course is suitable if you want to start a career in communication and PR. We’ll support you in developing industry-relevant knowledge and skills, help you to produce a professional portfolio, and provide you with opportunities to meet, work alongside and network with current practitioners; or already work in a communication or PR role and want professional development. You can study part-time and tailor your learning to your own development needs.
To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. This page highlights the PgCert, where students complete three 20-credit modules, but on completion there is the option to progress your studies to a PgDip or MSc.
Teaching, learning and assessment
Students learn from an academic team that includes internationally published researchers and practitioners with years of professional experience. In many modules, students learn alongside and network with practitioners working in communication and public relations roles.
Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. Teaching involves face-to-face and directed learning as well as your own self-directed activity. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus. Core module assessments may include case studies, essays, projects, blogs, proposals, campaign materials and briefing documents of between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
Where this course takes you is up to you. Our graduates have an impressive track record in achieving their career aspirations, going on to take key communication roles in a wide range of organisations across the globe. The course has also provided professional development for those already working in consultancy and in-house roles and is a pathway to an academic career in the subject area.
PgCert (60 credits)
- United States
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- Ivory Coast
- Korea DPR (North Korea)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Palestinian Authority
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St Vincent
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Western Samoa
£ 14,500per year
Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.
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