If you’re fascinated by the fast-paced worlds of PR and Journalism and would like to learn more, this MA programme is for you. It combines the art of journalism – spotting a story, researching and writing – with the core skills of public relations, engaging diverse audiences and opening up exciting international career opportunities.
You’ll have a distinct advantage, being able to study one programme and gain two degrees, from the US and the UK. The programme benefits from exceptionally strong links within the PR and communication industries in London, with teaching by experts in the field, a wide range of distinguished guest speakers, and events involving both industries. This programme is taught at our Kensington campus in central London, which is one of the global hubs of the PR and media industries and the perfect place to study and work.
Through our partnership with them, you’ll also have membership of The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – Europe’s largest and most influential PR and communications membership body – enabling you to attend free networking events and participate in additional online learning.
With a strong emphasis on the practical elements of both PR and journalism, this programme will enable students to develop and present their own copies of professional work. The practical aspect of the course will culminate in an optional accredited internship and mandatory professional research project.
You’ll be gaining real life PR and journalism experience, responding to real briefs, bringing the programme alive. You’ll be asked to analyse and reflect upon this experience, to ensure you’ve answered the brief in the most effective way.
Are you interested but not sure if you are eligible? We welcome applications from people with all kinds of academic backgrounds and qualifications (usually a first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2, Lower Second Class Honours, or its international equivalent) and will also consider people who have relevant work experience. We are always happy to arrange visits, answer questions or talk about the programme. If you’d like more information, please submit our Enquiry Form. Scholarships are available, see our website for more details as well as finance options.
The programme starts by examining the trends and challenges faced by the PR and journalism industries and exploring different views of them. Students then explore an in-depth academic examination of the PR industry and journalism, their history and function in the contemporary world and the role they play in international society and economic life – especially in relation to traditional and emerging media, business and the full range of marketing disciplines.
In the second semester, students can hone their skills in a specialist area by choosing an elective from a fascinating range of topics, including Celebrities, Marketing and the Media; Fashion and Luxury Brands and the Media and Political Communications.
This learning approach will equip you for a wide range of careers internationally while enabling you to develop specialist expertise in areas of particular interest.
Top 5 Reasons to Study PR & Journalism at Richmond
- Acquire detailed knowledge of PR, journalism, communications and digital media trends in a one-year programme taught by leading professionals in both industries
- Choose the specialist topics which interest you the most, providing invaluable work experience and enhancing your career opportunities
- Increase your employment opportunities in PR and journalism by participating in an accredited optional internship
- Learn in a small class setting in a supportive environment, creating a close working partnership with professors and your programme leader
- Benefit from Richmond’s extensive network within the communications industry as well as a membership with the PRCA – Europe’s largest and most influential PR and communications membership body
Award winning PR agencies and news organizations, WPP Group, OMG Group, MediaCom, Edelman, Publicis, Mischief PR, Havas Media
Our graduates have been previously employed at Bell Pottinger, Ralph Lauren, Edelman and Jo Lewis as well as numerous advertising and PR firms, including several in the fashion and sports fields, in London, US, Europe and the Middle East.
PRCA – Public Relations and Communications Association. For detailed information please visit the website.
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.
A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent
Please refer to our Postgraduate How to Apply page for details on English Language requirements.