• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
This variant of our established MSc in Strategic Public Relations and Communication Management (Joint Degree) course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. The University of Stirling is ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide).


98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

This course provides students with a solid international perspective on strategic communication and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Barcelona, Spain.

The MSc Strategic Communication & Public Relations is an interdisciplinary, advanced level course taught by established academics and practitioners. It offers a hands-on approach while at the same time providing you with the theoretical foundations necessary to practise public relations at a managerial level.

You will be offered the opportunity to attend a Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series in Brussels, which includes visits to the European Parliament, the European Commission as well as specialist industry seminars with leading public affairs and public relations experts in Brussels.

This MSc in Strategic Public Relations and Communication Management (Joint Degree) course is taught completely in English and students will obtain a joint MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Pompeu Fabra University. Students spend the Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then decide if they would like to have their dissertation supervised by Stirling or Pompeu Fabra.

Career opportunities

This course prepares students for international careers in public relations, strategic communication and related areas in consultancies, private sector companies (in-house positions), NGOs and international organisations, including the EU and the UN.  Our graduates typically occupy positions of communications officer/manager, public relations officer/manager, press officer, social media officer/manager, internal communications officer/manager, corporate affairs officer/manager etc.  

Some graduates start their own companies or work as project managers.  Others stay in academia, going on to gain PhDs and then work as lecturers, teaching and researching public relations in universities.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Public Relations and Public Communication Theories
  • Media Relations and Production
  • Research for Dissertation/Research Design
  • Strategic Public Relations Planning
  • Research and Evaluation for Practice
  • Public Affairs and Advocacy
  • Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication
  • Public Relations and Digital Media
  • Dissertation

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
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Stirling

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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