What students say about public relations
We had between eight and 10 teaching hours a week, which is quite a small amount, but there is a fair amount of independent study required too. You get out what you put in really. If you enjoy doing practical work, anything involving organising, strategising and writing, you will definitely enjoy this course. There are several essays to write as well, but the majority of assessment comes from practical work. The facilities are fantastic - computer labs, newsrooms, large lecture theatres etc. I absolutely loved my experience as a public relations student, and would recommend this course to anyone interested in the subject.1st year, University of Sunderland
Varied teaching and modules, which is good. Quite a lot of teaching time compared to some other universities or courses. Lots of presentations, which have helped develop everyone's confidence. Group work, campaigns and essays are all frequent types of work. The work experience module is good at helping you develop for the real world.2nd year, Solent University (Southampton)
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Public relations officer
- Marketing executive
- Conference manager
Other real-life job examples
- Recruitment consultant
- Publications editor
- Web designer
What employers like about this subject
A degree in public relations will help you to gain subject-specific skills in communicating and promoting concepts, products and services; in social media and cultural theory and a knowledge of social and political affairs and how they affect and are affected by the news agenda. You can also develop useful transferable skills in communication, thinking creatively and solving problems, in critical thinking and constructing coherent arguments. Graduates in public relations commonly work for public relations or advertising agencies, but last year they also got jobs in the oil and gas industry, television, recruitment, education, banking, tourism and health.