The Guardian has published its University Guide 2008 – but it is impossible to draw any conclusions relating to public relations from this.
Does the subject fall within business and management which includes: business studies, management studies, finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management and business and administrative studies?
Or is it included in media studies, communications and librarianship, summarised as: How we communicate – includes information services, publicity studies, media studies, publishing, journalism and mass communication?
The aim of the data is “to provide a guide for first-time students” – but with a lack of clarity regarding where public relations might fit, how do those looking to take a degree in PR make their choice?
The same problem is apparent at the TQI (Teaching Quality Information) site which has a lot of searchable data and a good facility for comparing Universities – but without a clear category for public relations. Is it media studies, communications and informations studies or management? Is this lack of clarity an issue for students thinking about taking a degree in public relations?
Searching the UCAS site for public relations revealed 281 courses – with a huge number of combined subject options. CIPR approves PR courses at 24 Universities in the UK. Presumably this listings are helpful with links to more information about individual courses on University websites. There are also opportunities such as open days to learn more about studying PR.
But I am not aware of any comparison tables for studying PR at UK universities – or whether such rankings are helpful. With the growth in opportunities to study PR – which undoubtedly brings challenges regarding the quality of courses on offer – would it be a benefit to be able to compare PR degree courses in some way? If such tables already exist – where can I find them?