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MA-PgDip-PgCert Technical Communication

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  • Entry requirements
    This course is for experienced technical communicators seeking a qualification in the field or to expand knowledge and skills, or graduates seeking to enter the growing field of technical communication.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgDip/PgCert Technical Communication
  • Course description
    The MA is currently the UK’s only postgraduate distance learning course in technical communication.

    It provides an in depth examination of the role of the technical communicator in a variety of industrial and corporate contexts. You learn about the theory of technical communication and consider practical approaches to technical writing.

    You study part-time by distance learning. The course balances an academic, research-led approach with a review of technical communication practices.

    You consider every step of the design cycle for printed documents such as reports, procedures and instructions and for online documents such as online help, multimedia applications, and websites.

    All industries and organisations need skilled technical communicators. This course is ideal to prepare or develop professional communication skills through reflective practice.

    There is no obligation to complete the three year programme. You register for one year at a time and at the end of each year decide whether to continue.

    Our course is well-regarded nationally and internationally. In 2001, the Journal of Business and Communication (an American publication) reviewed MA courses in TechnicalTechnical Communication and rated ours as very impressive.

    Associated careers

    The course equips existing technical communicators with enhanced, marketable expertise, and enables graduates to enter the field with a good grounding.

    There may be opportunities for registration for MPhil/PhD within our Cultural Research Institute.

    Course content

    The course combines the theoretical aspects of effective technical communication with practical and pragmatic approaches to writing in technical and business contexts. It includes modules which broaden your expertise and understanding of technical communications, rather than merely honing your writing skills.

    Year one
    • communication planning and theory • information design • language and writing • portfolio of professional practice 1

    Year two
    • collaborative work • visual communication • one of software documentation and interface or hypermedia design • portfolio of professional practice 2 or research design

    Year three
    You define your own area of study, to demonstrate your ability to question and expand your professional practice. You must focus on an area of general interest to the technical communication profession but can tailor the theme of your dissertation to reflect your career strengths and aspirations.

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