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About the course

The strategic value of internal communication is being increasingly recognised within organisations across all sectors. This is providing additional opportunities for practitioners with the requisite confidence, skills and knowledge to influence, advise and deliver at the most senior level within organisations.

Solent University’s master’s degree in internal communication management equips practitioners with additional knowledge, skills and gravitas to influence and operate at the highest level in organisations.

Designed to integrate high level study with senior practitioners’ demanding work and personal lives, this flexible degree minimises time out of the office – offering online discussion with the course team and fellow students, along with four two-day workshops (at a convenient central London location) over the course of the year.

You will explore the complexity of organisational culture and the psychology of communication, learn to assess the broader business context in which organisations are operating, and to develop high impact strategies, and forge leading-edge approaches to advances in technology and to the breakdown in organisational boundaries.

And the course’s highly interactive workshops are a chance to discuss organisational implications, while our ‘theory into practice’ approach ensures you can immediately apply theory and other learning to your current business challenges, adding value from the outset. Assessments also focus on applying theory to students’ current business challenges, maximising value to you and your organisation.

The course team all have a background in strategic communication management, and guest speakers include leaders in current thinking. You will also benefit from free membership of the Institute of Internal Communication throughout the programme, including all member benefits.

A focus on analytical thinking and evidence-based decision making equips students to continuously adapt to the business challenges of the future, while online and face-to-face interaction will help you create a long-term network of fellow practitioners.

And the course is continuously updated in line with the latest developments within internal communication and from student feedback, ensuring in depth exploration of key communication issues underpinned by a keen awareness of business challenges – to build the gravitas needed to influence at the most senior level.

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Develop interpersonal and leadership skills to have impact at the highest level

What does this course lead to?

The course equips individuals for increasingly strategic roles in internal communication, at the most senior level within organisations. Our alumni are a blend of specialists in in-house, agency/consultancy and interim roles, whose common factor is the ability to provide high impact strategic advice and delivery.

Who is this course for?

This is a part-time programme for communication practitioners already working at a strategic level, and those with significant experience who are looking to make a step up into a strategic role. Designed to make it as easy as possible to combine work and study, the MA requires minimal time out of the office (four workshops over the year, each of two days duration); while its ‘theory into practice’ approach that means you can immediately apply learning to current business challenges, adding value from the outset. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU, Channel Island and International students: £6000 + VAT 

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Applications for the Masters in Internal Communication Management will be considered if candidates can demonstrate their suitability for the course, along with the motivation and ability to work at postgraduate level.

    They should also fulfil one of the following alternatives:

    • Possess a recognised postgraduate qualification in management and business studies equivalent to 60 credits at master’s level (level 7)
    • Possess a degree or professional qualification and have significant experience in the internal communication field
    • Have substantial relevant experience of internal communication management and other indicators of achievement eg evidence of a number of acceptable training courses attended, examples of written reports etc.

    A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 600 or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Study location

Workshops are held in central London

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

sarah@ioic.org.uk 01908 237 564

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

You will apply for this course through the Institute of Internal Communications, who will then arrange a telephone interview with you.

Please complete the form below:
Apply for MA Internal Communication Management

If you have any questions about your application, please contact Sarah Magee:
sarah@ioic.org.uk

What you'll study

Year one

Building Blocks for Internal Communication Success (30 Credits)
This module sets the context for the strategic management of internal communication, exploring the relationship between communication and the organisational environment in a fast-changing world, and equipping you to assess and identify the implications for successful communication practice.

Thinking and Acting Strategically (30 credits) 
This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement and evaluate effective communication strategies to deal with the range of business challenges you are likely to encounter in your career.

Building for the Future (30 Credits)
This module equips you with the underpinning knowledge to act as a key influencer and an internal consultant at the most senior level within the organisation, and get the most out of external consultants.

Conducting Robust Communication Research (30 Credits)
This module aims to develop your skills in working with a client to identify, diagnose, and make practical recommendations towards solving a workplace management issue through internal communication interventions.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Industry links

The course has strong links with the Institute of Internal Communication, and is highly informed by the latest developments in theory and best practice from the internal communications sector. You will also benefit from free membership of the Institute of Internal Communication throughout the programme, including all member benefits.

Placements

The programme is designed for students who are currently in communication roles, which may be in-house or with a consultancy or agency (including those in interim roles).

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