PR and Journalism
Our PR and Journalism subject area consists of a group of innovative and student centred undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the subjects of Public Relations, Communications and Journalism. We are recognised as one of the leading subject groups both in the UK and internationally, in terms of research quality, teaching excellence, student satisfaction and engagement with the local market and community. We have achieved a 95% student satisfaction rating for our BA Public Relations course and 100% student satisfaction rating for our BA Journalism. In addition, our university is placed in fourth position in the Guardian 2017 Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (PR) league table.
We offer one of the very few journalism courses to be taught within a business school in England, allowing students to benefit from our range of contacts in Leeds with opportunities to meet, research and report on companies, industry news and new business developments. Our links with local and national enterprises give our students access to meaningful experiences and opportunities, placements and extra-curricular activity that are valued by national and international employers. All of our undergraduate courses have a 100% employability rate (after six months) in the 2016 DLHE Survey.
Students also benefit from our modern learning environment with specialist facilities to bring learning to life such as our dedicated Media Suite consisting of a TV and Radio Studio, Control Gallery, Newsroom and Editing Suite.
Accreditations and Awards
We are an accredited study centre for the delivery of Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) professional awards. Our PR courses are accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Public Relations & Communication Association (PRCA). Our BA Journalism course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Periodical Publishers Association (PPA).
Our Academic Team
Nina Hands and Jasmine Headley Co-Directors of Content Soup, Leeds
Studied: BA (Hons) Public Relations
"We gained so much experience from our placements. They allowed us to learn from the best people in the industry and exposed us to the real world of PR. Our placement experience was the main thing potential employers were interested in when we went for interviews after university, and it gave us the skills to hit the ground running in our first jobs."
Kitty McGee Executive Fashion Director, Stylist magazine
Studied: BA (Hons) Public Relations
"I got my first break in this competitive industry through the strength of contacts I made on my placement, and I’ve since gone on to build a really enjoyable career. After graduating, I accepted a full-time job at my placement company and worked with high-profile clients on events including London Fashion Week. I then worked in the press office at Selfridges before joining Stylist."
Charlotte Morris Senior Media Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
"I was keen to advance my career in PR and get a good grounding in the subject. Two years after finishing my course I was named as one of PR Week’s Top 29 Under 29s – a list of up and coming people working in PR."
Hannah Robinson Trainee Journalist at Hull Daily Mail
Studied: MSc Journalism
"In today’s news gathering operations, you need to be able to work both in print and digitally. Having undertaken the news and feature writing modules on my course, I know exactly how to write a feature when I need to and I am just as comfortable when I have to sub-edit some news copy."
Lydia Sweeting and Becki Fowler Love Rouge Bakery, Leeds
"With our knowledge of business start-up and consumer behaviour from our degrees in public relations and retail, we decided to open our own cupcake bakery right in the heart of Headingley, our local student town. We’ve been serving people treats since 2011 and we’re already looking to expand the business."
Joanna Taylor Commercial Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket
"After completing my undergraduate degree, I had plenty of options but wasn’t certain which path to take. My masters enabled me to broaden my knowledge and explore another area of interest. My current role combines elements of both degrees, but my masters really helped my CV to stand out and made all the difference during the application process."