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.
Why choose this course?
This course is 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.
What this course leads to
The course equips individuals for increasingly strategic roles in internal communication, at the most senior level within organisations.
- Specialists in-house agency/consultancy and interim roles whose common factor is the ability to provide high impact strategic advice and delivery.
Year one modules
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
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.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
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.
Learn transferable skills
Transferable skills include the ability to think critically and analytically; to develop solutions based on robust evidence-based decision-making; and to influence at every level within the organisation.
The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
- UK, EU, Channel Island and International students: £6,500 + VAT
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Extra course costs
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- First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
- 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level
The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.
If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.
If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.Find out more
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Key entry requirements
Applications for the Master's 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.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
Your application checklist
You will apply for this course through the Institute of Internal Communications, who will then arrange a telephone interview with you.
Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application:
- Two academic references.
- Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of current visa (if applicable).
- A personal statement.
- Employer sponsor form, where appropriate.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 600 or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
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