Friday, 18 December 2009

PR Degrees-What's the difference?

This is my attempt to get back into blogging! And with a new colour- I think white looks better. More industry related ones to follow but for now I want to know what other students are doing in their PR degree at other Universities. I think this area is over looked somewhat.

I am in my third and final year at the University of Sunderland and so far I have completed modules in PR (obviously), Social Media, Non-Commercial PR, PR Ethics, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing as well as Media and Cultural Studies. The course is also CIPR approved.

I have done a week placement as part of my course and have to do another 2 weeks this year. One placement has to be in-house and the other in an agency. We have produced a newsletter for an organisation (I did this for a primary school last year) and we are doing an Internal Communications Audit this year (mine is for a Secondary school this year).

This academic year we have also done speech writing and in the New Year we will be looking at Crisis Management which should be interesting!

I would like to know what other PR students do at Universities in the UK. For example, I know some don't do press releases and I believe others do a year placement.

If any PR student past or present would like to comment please do...
What do you like or don't like about your course? What could be improved? Is it perfect?


  1. Hi Jack I'm doing MA Public Relations at De Montfort University. It sounds like our courses cover similar topics, however I haven't done any advertising or marketing modules, although I have done them when doing BA Business Studies. At the moment I'm doing two weeks work experience at an agency and then another two weeks at Next Head Office. I doubt you will have any trouble getting a job after you graduate as you have done work experience with many agencies. Have you started applying for any jobs yet for when you graduate?

  2. Hi Raj. How are you finding agency life? I haven't formally applied but a couple of agencies have expressed some interest so I hopefully will be able to get a job. When do you finish your MA? Would you recommend doing one? I don't think I will immediately but possibly in the future.
    Congrats on the Next placement too. Is there any particular area in PR you want to go into?