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Advertising, Marketing Communications and Public Relations - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Designed to equip you for a successful career in marketing communications and public relations, this undergraduate degree explores the drivers and dynamics of the communications industry, covering the key elements of modern theory and practice. Studying in London means you'll be immersed in one of the world's most important centres for advertising, communications and public relations with plenty of opportunities for industry experience. You'll also have the opportunity to gain accreditation from professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (additional costs apply).

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This undergraduate course is taught in the heart of London – one of the world’s most important centres for advertising, communications and public relations. You’ll be well placed to undertake work placements in the industry, which will be available as credited modules during your degree.

This career-oriented course explores the drivers and dynamics of the marketing industry, covering the key elements of modern advertising, marketing communications and public relations. You’ll learn techniques and approaches that will help you balance the often conflicting demands of an organisation’s stakeholders, enabling you to deliver clear and consistent results.

The course will give you a clear foundation in both theory and practice, and focuses on helping you develop transferable skills. You’ll have the option to specialise in areas that interest you, with modules in copywriting, brand management and media relations available.

As well as gaining valuable real-world experience through work placements, you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through reports, essays, exams, group work and individual portfolio work.

Professional accreditation

You may be given the opportunity to gain accreditation from professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Assessing the Marketing Environment
  • Introduction to Media Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Principles and Practice in Marketing

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Advertising Concepts Theory and Practice
  • Consumer Culture and Behaviour
  • Consumer Public Relations
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Brand Management (option)
  • Creating a Winning Business 1 (option)
  • Digital Marketing (option)
  • Learning through Work (option)
  • Media Relations (option)
  • Open Language Programme (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Corporate Communications
  • Communication Theory and Concepts
  • Marketing and Communications Project
  • Public Relations in Practice
  • Creating a Winning Business 2 (option)
  • Creative Advertising and Copywriting (option)
  • Learning through Work 2 (option)
  • Managing Corporate Reputation (option)
  • Open Language Programme (option)
  • Professional Placement (option)
  • Services Marketing (option)

"It's not been just a degree, it's actually been an experience. It's been an adventure."

Christopher Bird, former student

"All of the modules were very rewarding and I found them extremely enjoyable. During the course of my degree I found myself revelling in marketing and the creative side but, saying this, I still thoroughly enjoyed all modules."

Natalie Lewkowicz, former student

This course prepares you for a career in one of the many sectors of the marketing and advertising industry, and also makes excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

Our previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as AOL, Ambient Media Worldwide, JCDecaux and Ogilvy & Mather. Popular roles include copywriter, marketing executive, press officer and PR manager.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from on year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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