The words we choose have the power to build, maintain or even break relationships. This course investigates communication in the world of business. It is ideal for communication researchers, company managers, marketeers, and anyone interested in the relationship between language and professional life. Alongside the Nottingham University Business School, we introduce the multidisciplinary aspects of professional communication. For example, you will explore how linguistic analysis can improve business communication. This could be analysing the content of adverts, business meetings or mission statements, examining how these texts either succeed or fail to convey their intended meanings. We will also look at how the visual elements of texts (i.e. photographs, diagrams) can influence how we interpret messages. You will have the opportunity to:
- pitch business ideas to mock investment panels
- write blogs for a business audience
- create video-based investment pitches
The total credits for this course are 180. You will take a combination of Business School and English modules each semester, ensuring a balance between the two disciplines. You complete the course with a 60-credit, 10-14,000 word research project. Within this, you can develop the commercial potential of your ideas and projects, or analyse the language and communication of a particular business, company or organisation with a view to enhancing its communication.
Most modules are assessed by written work of varying lengths, corresponding with the content and weighting of the module. Your course tutors provide detailed comments on assignments. Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a 10-14,000 word dissertation. This is a major piece of independent research, and you will be allocated a supervisor who is a specialist in your chosen area. Your dissertation supervisor will provide advice and guidance to help you select your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in English language/literature, linguistics, communications studies, journalism or a related arts or humanities subject
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