In the Information Age, big corporations, small businesses, government agencies and departments, non-profit organisations, the public and even individuals such as politicians and celebrities need a Public Relations function responsible for gathering and distributing information. The main task of a Public Relations Practitioner is to communicate with the public, consumers, investors, partners, employees, and other stakeholders with the aim of maintaining a positive image of the organisation.
Since communication is at the core of Public Relations’ nature, it includes a deep understanding of the recipients of the messages, and researching the interests, concerns, wants and needs of stakeholders is very important. Through this understanding, the Public Relations Practitioner is tasked with maintaining mutually beneficial and effective relationships with diverse groups of people who have a ‘stake’ or interest in an organisation’s business and social activities. Public Relations Practitioners use the media and other techniques to keep stakeholders informed of developments in an organisation.
The responsibilities of a Practitioner may include writing speeches, news releases, website and social media content, planning and executing strategic communication campaigns, arranging and managing events, managing internal communication with employees, and managing an organisation’s reputation. The Public Relations Practitioner is also involved with creating brand awareness, and other marketing related activities. The ultimate aim of all these techniques is to engage meaningfully with stakeholders and arrive at a mutual understanding.
To study Public Relations at MSA, you can enrol for a Bachelor of Social Science degree with a major in Public Relations Practice. If direct access to this degree is not possible, you can explore entry through the Social Science stream of our Foundation Programme.
Once you have completed your Bachelor’s degree, you can continue with an Honours degree and then a Master’s degree in Social Science, with specialisation in Communication.
To amplify your studies and shape your career for the future, choose to double major at no additional cost when studying a Bachelor of Social Science. Pair your Public Relations major with Journalism or International Studies, or a non-Social Science major such as Marketing, Management and Economics.
Completing your Bachelor of Social Science degree with MSA will help you to build a successful career in your area of specialisation. There are many opportunities, including: