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Northumbria University

Mass Communication with Public Relations

UCAS Code: P3P2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

Subjects studied at AS level and not carried forward to A level will be accepted and the UCAS Tariff points achieved will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score where appropriate.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

M2,M2,M2-M1,M1,M1

The Extended Project Qualification is welcome and the UCAS Tariff points you achieve from an EPQ will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is accepted by Northumbria University. Please contact Admissions for more information on specific entry requirements.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4,H4

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C-B,C,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C-B,B,B,C,C

UCAS Tariff

120-128
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

4 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2018

Subjects

Public relations

Media and communication studies

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a dynamic and exciting environment, to learn about the ways media influences our daily lives and the world around us?

The BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations pathway course is an innovative media-based degree that allows you to develop specialist knowledge of the concepts, theories, practices and methods that characterise contemporary media, communication, and cultural studies.

From day one, you will be supported in developing an independent critical understanding of the key developments within mass communications, a field of study that encompasses a wide variety of media organisations, technological innovations, cultural industries, and audiences.

You will develop your knowledge, skills and abilities on a course that will enable you to critically evaluate contemporary mass communications industries and to understand the technological, social and political factors that shape those industries.

The course’s unique framework structure allows you to tailor your interest in media towards a particular career route in PR in your third year, specialising in specific modules that are directly applicable to your future employment, whichever career path you choose.

Modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Northumbria University

Department:

Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Communications and media

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate
344

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Communications and media

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,692
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We've got an internationally competitive marketing and PR sector and not surprisingly, that is the main industry head into after university. Nearly a third of publicity studies graduates from 2015 were working in London by 2015, but graduates don't just go to work in PR agencies — all sorts of organisations do their own publicity these days, and with the rise of digital and mobile technology and social media, a lot of marketing is done in quite innovative ways and there is serious demand for good PR staff. This year, a lot of the jobs that graduates got in PR and marketing were found through personal contacts and through recruitment agencies, so build up your contacts, and network your way to a job!

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,692
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Communications and media

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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