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  • Local: $ 10.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.7k / Year
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    There's simply no better place to study for a career in public relations than at The Media School at Bournemouth University, which has been designated as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. That means it is top rated for excellence in teaching - and you will get the benefit.

    It also has the best media production resources in British universities. You'll be rubbing shoulders and sharing ideas on the future of communication with tomorrow's top advertising creatives, journalists, media producers and screenwriters.

    What will I study?

    • This course offers the theory, practice and experience a graduate requires for entry into a public relations career at an executive level
    • The first two years provide a foundation for the professional practice during placement within the PR industry – a key feature of our course and one which is offered by very few others
    • The final year integrates professional and academic learning allowing you the opportunity to pursue your particular academic interests to prepare you for your careers in the PR sector
    • You'll work with high profile public figures and business leaders in building and defending reputations, help build major brands and services, and work for the public good in government and not-for- profit organisations
    • This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
    • View the detailed course content description.

    Who should study this course?

    • As the top PR course, we are looking for students who have ambition, academic ability and, preferably, an active interest and involvement in communications
    • We are looking for creative candidates who have who have good communication and presentation skills
    • Applicants will need to demonstrate a desire to work in the public relations industry and show an understanding of how the industry works
    • View the selection criteria for this course.

    What can I do next?

    • When you complete your four years at BU, you will be amongst the best educated and most professionally-ready entrants to the public relations industry
    • You'll have a portfolio of work from your placements and course projects that is a big help to getting your first job as it shows your depth of learning and experience
    • You will have an opportunity to do paid PR consultancy for the Media School’s own Marketing and PR agency, the Creative Enterprise Bureau
    • View the career opportunities for our BA (Hons) Public Relations graduates
    • Many of our graduates go on to study a Postgraduate course at BU.

    Tell me more

    You'll find the teaching staff are leading academics and practitioners, many having worked in senior positions as well as being important researchers of national and international significance. They are also members of The Media School's Centre for Public Communication Researce, so your teaching is always at the leading edge of theory and practice, which gives a real advantage as you go forward in your career.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline As soon as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 10603 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 14727 Year (International)

    For 2014 entry:

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands: £9,000
    • International (non-EU): £12,500
    Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    To view the course content, please visit the course profile on our website.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Tariff points

    The entry requirements for this course are 280 to 300 tariff points from 3 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.

    Relevant subjects

    English Language, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Communication, Media Studies, Business Studies

    Excluded subjects

    General Studies


    This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C, including English and Maths.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Bournemouth University.


    For fees and funding information, please visit our website.


    Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

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