Become a master of internal communication…

Last year I gave my views into the educational needs of internal communication professionals to help shape a masters course being offered by the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

The course has now been finalised and I thought I’d share details of the MSc Internal Communication Management course in case anyone is considering furthering their comms career through education.

It will start in October 2012 and offers students opportunities to develop specialist internal communication knowledge and professional skills.  It has been designed for part-time students who will generally be in full-time employment in a range of sectors and organisations. It suits communication professionals currently working in internal communication, comms pros who aspire to an internal comms management career and general managers interested in internal comms.

The university says: “The blended learning delivery course format (short residentials followed by individual study and online activities) suit UK and EU students as well as international students resident overseas. Typically, students spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on their module studies. The course is designed for participants who are ready to move beyond training courses and are keen to engage in masters level learning. Participants will extend their intellectual capacity, develop their careers, and make valuable contributions to the performance of their organisations. They will gain insight concerning communication contributions to employee engagement.”

What are the entry requirements?

  • An honours degree (normally equivalent to a British 2:2 or above), or equivalent professional qualification. Applicants without a degree but with academic aptitude and extensive suitable experience, for example in corporate communications, public relations, management, marketing, journalism, or general business experience may be considered
  • A strong interest in the challenges of internal communication evidenced in a statement of about 500-words which describes the reasons they want to join the programme, and what they hope to gain from the experience
  • Appropriate computer literacy and access
  • Two references that confirm capacity to successfully engage in postgraduate study. Some candidates may be invited for interviews
  • Those with the Advanced Prior Learning (such as the CIPR Diploma in Internal Communication and the IoIC’s Advanced Diploma of Proficiency in Internal Communication) may be exempt from the PR4019 Internal Communication and Organisational Behaviour module
  • Evidence of appropriate English language competence through an official language test for non-native English speakers e.g. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

To find out more about the course including timings, costs and much more, see the university’s website or contact course leader Dr Mary Welch:

If you’re looking for information about comms courses, don’t forget to check out my Rachel’s Resources page for ideas. Got something you think should be included? Do get in touch and let me know.

Post author: Rachel Miller

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