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How we will deliver your course: Media and Public Relations (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MA Media and Public Relations

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

The length of the course remains the same. 

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

Lectures will be online. Seminars will be in-person on campus. For the taught part of the programme, there will be two (socially distanced) in-person seminars each week, one for each module. Tutorials will remain online during the taught part of the course, but a mix of online and in-person on campus tutorials will be available for the dissertation. Extra curricula activities organised by the teaching team such as talks, exercises, socials, informal discussion groups, etc, will remain online. Assessments are coursework based, all hand ins are digital uploads. Most of the reading resources required for the programme are available via the electronic library. Membership of the Public Relations Communications Association comes automatically with entry to the programme. Their main provision for us are webinars delivered by professional public relations practitioners and this has continued uninterrupted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Returning students 

Lectures will be online. We anticipate seminars will be in-person on campus. For the taught part of the programme, we expect there will be two (socially distanced) in-person on campus seminars each week, one for each module. Tutorials will remain online during the taught part of the course, but a mix of online and (1 to 6) in-person tutorials on campus will be available for the dissertation.

Extra curricula activities organised by the teaching team such as talks, exercises, socials, informal discussion groups, etc, will remain online. Assessments are coursework based, all hand ins are digital uploads. Most of the reading resources required for the programme are available via the electronic library. Membership of the Public Relations Communications Association comes automatically with entry to the programme. Their main provision for us are webinars delivered by professional public relations practitioners and this has continued uninterrupted by the Covid-19 crisis.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.

If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. At other times you can email your module leader or personal tutor and we will find a mutually convenient time to meet.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need.

You can book your session by emailing your personal tutor and arrange a time convenient for you.

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you. 

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, so please keep an eye on those.

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-GASK@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21