This programme explores communication as a social psychological process central to the conduct of everyday life, in public as well as in private. Communication is both the foundation of social life as well as a professional activity to influence and persuade, to gain advantage, to build and sustain a community of trust, and to reach a common understanding on a controversial issue. You will be provided with an overview of theories of communication that enable you to analyse communication events and the practical dilemmas faced by those working in different domains of public communication. Central themes will include:
The programme is not simply a training programme in social marketing offering you a box of tools and rhetorical tricks for efficient and effective persuasion. It is an academic, research based programme that will enable you, through a range of core and topical courses to engage critically with existing tools of analysis, evaluation and design of communication endeavours. We offer a comparative approach, with a focus on clear language across a range of domains where public communication is pivotal. This includes an awareness of international attempts to establish professional competence in public communication. The programme is exclusively recognised by the professional certification of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK.
To be considered for a place you should normally have a good honours degree in one of the social sciences and have relevant professional experience.
The programme involves completing four course units, including a dissertation of 10,000 words.
(* half unit)
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options including research methods.
Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.
The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.
Our graduates find excellent employment and career opportunities in a range of sectors of the communications industry including consultancy, journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, education and outreach, and in international organisations. Several former graduates have created their own business.
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LSE Graduate Bursaries 2015/16
LSE is delighted to announce 230 new LSE Graduate Bursaries of £10,000 supported jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the School.
Student Finance for 2015/16
The launch of the new SFE application cycle for Academic Year 2015/16 is now open. Student Finance have requested that all students get their applications finished and submitted in line with the deadlines below:Application Deadlines
Student Finance England - New students 31 May, Continuing students 30 June
Student Finance Wales - New students 15 May, Continuing students 5 June
Student Finance Northern Ireland - New students 17 April, Continuing students 30 June
The application service for EU Students will launch on 23 February
More information on applying for Student FinanceLent Term
There will be no drop in service on the Wednesday 22nd April 2015 due to all staff being involved in the Offer Holders Open Day.
Please note that the Student Services Centre will also be closed on the afternoon of Friday 25th April for staff training, so there will be no drop in services.
Lent Term cheques are now ready for collection from the Student Services Centre. Please remember to bring your student ID card with you when you come to collect. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Finance for 2014/15
UK and EU undergraduates (all years): if you who have not yet finalised your student loans and grants with Student Finance, please log in to your account with them and resolve any outstanding issues.
If you are returning to LSE after a break or progressing after repeating a year contact us at email@example.com if you are unsure of how to access the LSE bursary.
The bursary payments take approximately 5 working days to show in the recipients bank account from the scheduled payment date.
The scheduled payment dates are:
Michaelmas Term, Friday 17 October 2014
Lent Term, Friday 23 January 2015
Summer Term, Monday 11 May 2015
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