Public Relations and Communications, BA Hons

London is a global hub for the PR and communications industry. We have strong connections with international PR experts, and our teaching staff will provide you with a valuable link to these professional networks. Based in Greenwich, London we will teach you how PR fits within organisational strategy and marketing. This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Successful graduates will be eligible for the CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations, helping to improve your career earning potential. You will gain an understanding of PR principles and professional skills in writing, presenting, networking, digital communications and read more

Overview

Overview

London is a global hub for the PR and communications industry. We have strong connections with international PR experts, and our teaching staff will provide you with a valuable link to these professional networks. Based in Greenwich, London we will teach you how PR fits within organisational strategy and marketing.  

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Successful graduates will be eligible for the CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations, helping to improve your career earning potential.

You will gain an understanding of PR principles and professional skills in writing, presenting, networking, digital communications and media relations. You will learn how to analyse target audiences and implement effective PR and communications campaigns.

Our specialised courses will help you to develop a range of communication skills, and there is a strong emphasis on social media and media relations. You will also be encouraged to reflect on professionalism and ethics.

Links to industry

You will have opportunities to explore specialist sectors, such as corporate, consumer or charity PR. PR industry experts from companies such as Marks & Spencer, leading PR consultancies, the Media Trust and the police, deliver guest lectures to keep you up to date on the latest trends.

In addition, there are field trips to high profile, London-based organisations from the heart of government to Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Employability

In the third year, you will have the option to undertake a work placement to build your core skills, which employers seek in graduates. Previous students have secured placements at the Walt Disney Company, Ford and Sony.

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

We are actively improving job prospects for graduates through the support we provide. According to survey findings, 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016.

Experience abroad 

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

We will encourage you to join student societies such as the PR Fraternity, which organises events and networking opportunities. They invite a range of high-profile speakers such as Nicky Campbell, BBC presenter, to offer career advice and talk about communications in various industries.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

Ranking

We are proud that our marketing suite of subjects were ranked third in the UK for student satisfaction and second in London overall in the Complete University Guide 2016 league table. 

One of our students won a prize for the best BA PR dissertation in Europe. This was awarded by the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA).

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

GCSE English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are required.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access courses
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
  • Level 2 alternatives like Functional Skills and Key Skills for English and mathematics.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 is available for qualified applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"Looking at the programme it covered so many different areas within PR. It was also CIPR accredited which meant it was the latest within the industry; it was up to date with everything that was going on within the industry."

Katie Swain
Public Relations and Communications, BA Hons

"I really enjoyed my time at the University of Greenwich, including the support of my lecturers. If they see potential in you, they will push you to achieve your best." 

Michele Amos
BA Hons Public Relations and Communications

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Examinations.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and is a partner university of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). Students can gain dual qualifications from this programme as the Institute's Advanced Certificate in Public Relations qualification has been embedded within the degree.

Students who complete the sandwich year (work placement) may gain an additional qualification, the Diploma of Professional Experience (DPE).

Careers

Graduates may pursue a variety of public relations roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. PR and communication skills are also applicable to careers in marketing, management and teaching. Recent graduates from this programme have secured roles at the BBC, Bell Pottinger, Gucci and Weber Shandwick.

Work placement

The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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