12 months
8200 GBP/year
8200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Study Strategic Communication and Public Relations (Joint Degree UPF Barcelona) at the University of Stirling and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where you’ll gain an international perspective on strategic communication and public relations.

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Immerse yourself in a variety of cultures while you study on this interdisciplinary, advanced postgraduate course in Strategic Communication and Public Relations delivered jointly by the University of Stirling  and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. You will benefit from an international perspective, having the opportunity to study in both Stirling and Barcelona.

Taught entirely in English, the Strategic Communication and Public Relations (Joint Degree UPF Barcelona)  course offers a hands-on approach, while at the same time providing you with the theoretical foundations you need to practise public relations and strategic communication at a managerial level and understand the role of public relations in society.

You’ll obtain a joint MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Pompeu Fabra University. You spend Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. You may then decide if you would like to have your dissertation supervised by staff at Stirling or Pompeu Fabra.

Career opportunities

Our Masters in Strategic Communication and Public Relations prepares you for an international careers in public relations, strategic communication or related areas in consultancies, private sector companies (in-house positions), NGOs and international organisations, including the EU and the UN.

Our graduates typically occupy positions such as:

  • Communications Officer/Manager
  • Public Relations Officer/Manager
  • Media Officer
  • Social Media Officer/Manager
  • Internal Communications Officer/Manager
  • Corporate Affairs Officer/Manager 
  • Public Affairs Officer/Manager

Some graduates have started their own companies or work as project managers. Others stay in academia, going on to gain PhDs and then work as lecturers, teaching and researching public relations in universities.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Public Relations and Public Communications Theories 
  • Media Relations and Production 
  • Research for Dissertation/Research Design 
  • Strategic Public Relations Planning 
  • Research and Evaluation for Practice
  • Public Affairs and Advocacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • As this is a joint degree with Barcelona, you must additionally be eligible to meet the PFU entrance requirements which are set by the Spanish government. You can find further details on these requirements on the Pompeu Fabra University website.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8200 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    8200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8200 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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