If you are on twitter or any social networking site you would have heard people posing as social media “experts”, now a British University is offering a master’s degree in social media.
According to Telegraph, Birmingham City University is offering master’s degree in social media which teaches students about Facebook, twitter and Bebo along with courses on how to setup blogs and publish podcasts. The course duration is one year with a fees of Â£4,400.
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Jon Hickman, the course convener, said he had received a good response from potential students and described what the course would entail.
He said: “It’s not for freaks or IT geeks, the tools learnt on this course will be accessible to many people.
“During the course we will consider what people can do on Facebook and Twitter, and how they can be used for communication and marketing purposes.
“There has been significant interest in the course already, and it will definitely appeal to students looking to go into professions including journalism and PR.”
Interestingly some students are already complaining about the course, “Birmingham-based student Jamie Waterman, 20, said: “Virtually all of the content of this course is so basic it can be self taught.
“In fact most people know all this stuff already. I think it’s a complete waste of university resources.” ”
So what will you do after you finish this course, University offers several suggestions.
- Become a social media consultant (and understand what that means);
- Develop innovative and low cost communication strategies for third sector organisations using social media tools;
- Develop innovative and alternative media projects;
- Work with existing mainstream media organisations as they develop social media strategies;
- Enhance your skills and contribute to the development of new professional practice in PR, marketing communications and web design;
- Continue to develop a scholarly interest in social media as part of a further research degree;
- Contribute to the development of the social media industry.
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