M.Sc. Social and Public Communication

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP18600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
London School of Economics and Political Science | London, United Kingdom
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.

Description of Social and Public Communication

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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 psychological and societal process involved in public communication
  • conceptual frameworks for analysis, evaluation and design of public communication
  • developments in the analysis, evaluation and design of public communication in politics, business, development, health and science and technology
  • new communication and media technologies are not central to this analysis, but will be analysed by their emerging (dys)function

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.

Programme details

The programme involves completing four course units, including a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None rolling admissions
Tuition fee
  • GBP 18600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 12024 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Social Psychology of Communication examines core theories towards a social psychology of communication.
  • Methods for Social Psychological Research provides students with an overview and method skills to conduct empirical social psychological research.
  • Dissertation allows students to 'show and tell' their learning effort with a small research project that is well documented and presented.

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.

Graduate destinations

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
6.5
CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
107

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Social and Public Communication

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science and relevant professional experience

Work Experience for Social and Public Communication

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

MSc Social and Public Communication (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award

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