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Public Relations

4 Years
Study mode
Full-time with a placement (sandwich)
Study on site
BA (Hons)
Course code


This course offers the theory, practice and experience a graduate requires for entry into a public relations career at an executive level. You will have an opportunity to do paid PR consultancy for the Faculty’s own Marketing and PR agency, the Creative Enterprise Bureau.
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  • 18 September 2017

Open to applicants from:

  •  Open to applicants from England
  •  Open to applicants from Northern Ireland
  •  Open to applicants from Scotland
  •  Open to applicants from Wales
  •  Open to applicants from Rest of EU
  •  Open to applicants from Outside the EU

Why study this course

With many years being a pioneer in PR education, our degree enjoys excellent links with industry. This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR), meaning graduates from our degree will be entitled to Associate Membership of these key industry bodies. Our PR degree is one of only 11 ‘elite’ PR courses recognised by the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). Our close links with the profession mean regular visits from industry practitioners and the opportunity for you to work on ‘real-life’ projects. A key part of the course is the mandatory year-long placement that you will undertake in your third year. Recent placement companies include BMW, Apple, the BBC, The Football Foundation, Warner Bros., GlaxoSmithKline, Weber Shandwick and Sainsbury’s. The placement gives you the chance to put the strong foundations you’ll have learned in your first two years into practice. Your time in industry also gives you a superb networking opportunity that will stand you in good stead when it comes to making your way in the world after graduating.


Talbot Campus

Fern Barrow



BH12 5BB

United Kingdom

Who’s this course for?

As one of the country’s best PR courses, we’re looking for students with ambition, academic ability and an active interest in communications. It is a demanding course that will test students’ creativity – but the reward is a great start to your career as a public relations professional.

Skills and experience gained

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to spend your 3rd year on a (minimum) 30-week paid industrial placement. Companies students have worked for include Porsche, BBC Worldwide, Warner Bros, Bournemouth Council, Sony, Bosch, Fremantle Media, Ogilvy & Mather, The Walt Disney Company, BMW, UKTV, HP, L’Oreal, Coty, Apple, BMW, Sainsbury’s, NBC and Universal.

After the course

Our employability record is outstanding and every year over 90% of our graduates find work in PR within six months of completing their studies. Our graduates are working in the top PR consultancies such as Hill & Knowlton, Weber Shandwick, Freud, Ketchum and Grayling; as well as in other major organisations such as the Department of Health, Coca-Cola and Manchester United. Many others have set up their own PR consultancies.
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