Social and Public Communication, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    20112 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    13008 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)


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.

The programme is not simply a training programme in social marketing but an academic, research based degree which will enable you, through a range of compulsory 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. The programme is exclusively recognised by the professional certification of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK.

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.


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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • The Social Psychology of Communication
  • Societal Psychology
  • Methods for Social Psychology Research: Fundamental Qualitative and Fundamental Quantitative Methods
  • Political Psychology of Intercultural Relations 
  • Social Representations 
  • Current Communication Research 
  • Social Psychology of Economic Life: Advanced Topics 
  • Health Communication 
  • Issues in Social Psychology: Group Dynamics 
  • Knowledge Processes in Organisations 
  • Corporate Communications 
  • Science, Technology and Resistance 
  • Organisational and Social Decision Making 

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • Programme intensity

                          You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                          • Full-time duration 12 months
                          • Average part-time duration 24 months
                          • Intensity Flexible
                        • Credits
                          90 ECTS
                        • Languages
                          • English
                        • Delivery mode
                          On Campus
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                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                        • Minimum required score (Grade B):


                          The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                          Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                        • Minimum required score:


                          The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                        Academic Requirements

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

                        Documents Required:

                        • Application form
                        • Application assessment fee
                        • Two academic references
                        • Transcripts/mark sheets and proof of existing qualifications
                        • Personal statement
                        • CV
                        • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          20112 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 20112 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA

                          13008 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 13008 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

                        Living costs for London

                        684 - 830 GBP/month
                        Living Costs

                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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