Social Sciences Media & Communication
This programme aims to help students keep abreast of the contemporary concepts and practices of public relations and corporate communication.
With the multidisciplinary curriculum, students is exposed to the up-to-date knowledge of strategic planning, skills of influencing stakeholders, knowhow of managing crisis and reputation, as well as the many various communication challenges any for-profit, non-for-profit or government organization is facing today.
Proud of you all for the graduation!
The programme is designed for:
- Public Relations Executive, Managers, Senior Management
- Business owners
- Sales, Management, Marketing, IT Executives and Managers who are multi-tasking in various function lines of NGO, Public Utilities and Government
- Anyone responsible for developing and/or implementing Public Relations and Corporate Communication strategy for their organizations
- Anyone looking to pursue a career in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
On completion of the programme, students should be able to
- critically evaluate the PR and Corporate Communication theories, principles and practice, their importance and impact to stakeholders and society;
- strategically create, design and implement effective and creative PR and Corporate Communication programmes and campaigns through traditional and digital media;
- conduct relevant research independently in the area of strategic planning;
- develop and apply diagnostic, practical and creative communication skills, in particular the writing skill, in support of the internal and external communication needs and tasks of an organization;
- interpret, critique and apply the contemporary perspectives for corporate and product brand building and reputation management concepts in the digital economy;
- critically evaluate the concepts and practice in the area of crisis and reputation management;
- defend the interpretation, relations and communications associated with the government, public utilities, private and NGOs in public affairs issues, and effect positive change through public policies and community engagement
Module Intended Learning Outcomes
1. critically evaluate and explain the key concepts of corporate communication, its role,
2. strategically develop the corporate branding and positioning;
3. justify the strategies and tactics for stakeholders management;
4. analyze and device corporate brand communication campaigns;
5. develop plans and campaigns for corporate social responsibility, changes, issues and crisis
1. cultivate and extend the knowledge and perspective for brand building and reputation
2. critically examine the interdisciplinary approach of branding in the digital age across
3. manage a brand from a corporate perspective, including the development and positioning of
4. analyse the opportunities and potential challenges in branding and the relationship of
1. review and critique the concepts and practice of public opinion and crisis communication;
2. define crisis types and sources;
3. develop and evaluate communication strategies and tactics in handling issues and crises of
4. formulate the procedures for handling crises from the perspective of reputation
1. evaluate the threats and issues in a public affairs context;
2. apply the tools and techniques of public affairs in political PR assignments;
3. measure and evaluate the public affairs process and performance;
4. build relations with government, policy makers, politicians, decision-makers, pressure
5. design political PR plan for lobbying, election campaigning and community relations.
1. define the dynamic role of public relations in the present-day society of increasing
2. master the concepts and skills of measuring organization’s reputation, and the key roles of
3. identify and analyze stakeholders and their influence;
4. bridge the gap between the academic study of PR theory, and the PR function in actual
* Course sequences may change due to lecturer's availability and other reasons.
Students who have successfully completed module 1 to module 8 will be awarded "Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communication" within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.
Saturdays and/or Sundays
2:00-5:00 p.m. and/or 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(**Class(es) might also be scheduled on weekday evening in some special occasions.)
Hong Kong Island side Learning Centres
Mr. Aaron Chan
Aaron Chan has over 20 years of working experience in Communications particularly for luxury retail sector. Aaron started his career in project management of IT exhibitions in China. After that, he developed his experiences in public relations agency and then held PR and Communications positions for international brands such as Versace, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Chaumet etc. During his time working for these brands, he accumulated his knowledge and network in different markets such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Australia. His job responsibilities cover public relations, media & advertising, digital communications, event management, celebrity and KOL campaign development and content creation.
Ms. Donna Chen
With 15 years of experiences working with multinational brands, Donna had exposure to various industries through Product Creation and Corporate Brand Management. Conceptualize and orchestrate campaigns that effectively meet business objective.
Mr. Scott Cheng
Prior to embarking on a PR / Public Affairs career, Mr. Scott Cheng had worked as a public policy researcher at a think tank and then a political party. He held senior positions at international PR agency, Hill & Knowlton, and MTR Corporation. He was once hired as personal assistant to an Executive Councillor of HKSAR. He holds a BA degree (HKU), an MBA degree (University of New Orleans) and an LLB degree (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Ms. Teresa Chow
Teresa Chow has over 30 years of solid experience managing all aspects of marketing and communications. Her experience spans both public and private sectors and covers China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. She has worked as Asia Pacific as well as Greater China Regional Head of Marketing & Communications for world-leading telecommunications and Internet network infrastructure companies. Teresa established her own communications consulting company in 2002 and has provided counsel to multinational clients from a multitude of industry sectors in formulating strategies for stakeholder engagement, internal and external communications as well as helping clients formulate their corporate social responsibility programs. Teresa has also been a part-time lecturer at HKU SPACE since 2004 teaching post graduate level as well as advanced diploma and associate degree programs in public relations, corporate communications, integrated marketing communications, integrated brand communications. In addition, Teresa took up the role of volunteer VP Marketing to a Hong Kong social enterprise startup in March 2016.
Teresa Chow has a Master in Science degree in International Marketing with the University of Strathclyde.
Ms. Renée Kwan
As former Managing Director of TBWA\Hakuhodo Guang Zhou (affiliate agency of global communication network Omnicom), Renée has 25+ years of experience in the fields of media communication, branding, advertising and event management, both agency and corporate sides. With the TV programme production knowledge in her early stage of career, and subsequent senior management roles in various global communication networks including Nitro Group, Publicis and Asatsu-DK, Renée is one of the well-respected media communication expert in the industry. The brands she had worked with include Nissan Automobiles, Unilever, Mitsubishi Motors, Hewlett Packard, Sony Ericsson, Kodak and Marlboro, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Emperor Watch and Jewelry, to name just a few. In the last six years Renée had worked as Brand Strategy Consultant. Her projects included a CBD development in Tianjin, China; the rebranding of Cathay Pacific and the pitch for Vitasoy International.
As a life-long learner and with her increased love for adult teaching and learning, Renée is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree, in addition to her accomplished Master of Education with distinction awarded by University of Bristol, UK; and a MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Renée is also a member of Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals’ Association.
Ms. Wendy Kwan
Wendy Kwan is a leading trainer in PR and communications. She specializes in strategic communication, presentation skills and writing for the media. With 16 years of training experience, she has delivered more than 400 courses to business executives. She has led on-camera simulation workshops for government departments such as the Hong Kong Observatory and the Treasury. Her courses are favourably rated by participants as practical and inspiring. She has also been invited to host public seminars in the annual Hong Kong Education and Careers Expo. Apart from business training, Wendy also teaches communication courses at the Hong Kong Baptist University and HKU Space. She previously held senior positions in corporations including Standard Chartered Bank, PCCW and MTR. Wendy graduated from the University of Hong Kong. She obtained her MBA from the University of Leicester and was awarded a teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge.
Ms. Christina Lai
Christina Lai is a communications specialist with extensive experience in advising executives from in-house and consultancy perspectives. Christina was formerly the market lead of a global public affairs consultancy, overseeing the Hong Kong office. Prior to that she was with a major bank as its first public affairs specialist in Hong Kong. During the ten years with the bank, she had served in various regional and global roles. Christina is also a specialist in crisis communications with experience in public and private sectors.
Ms. Esme Lau
Esme has more than 35 years experience in corporate communication, specialising in media publicity, issue management, crisis communication and stakeholder engagement. She retired in December 2021 as Head of Corporate Affairs of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. Prior to that, she had held various positions at Hongkong Electric, Hong Kong Housing Authority, the then Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation and TVB.
Esme started her career as a reporter with HK Standard and later joined South China Morning Post before turning to public relations.
She holds a Master’s degree in communications management. She was the Honorary Treasurer of HK Public Relations Professionals’ Association (PRPA) in 2014-15 and Executive Committee Member (Training & Programme) in 2017-18.
Apart from teaching, Esme is also a media training consultant.
Mr. James Li
James began his career in communications in early 1990s after amassing a wealth of knowledge in Classical and Modern Chinese through studying Chinese language & literature at CUHK. With over 20 years of senior-level multimedia and corporate copywriting experience spanning across world-leading advertising agencies, television channels and local enterprises, James has worked with many household names and multinational corporations including HSBC, UBS, DBS, The Community Chest, HP, Samsung, Mitsubishi Motors, Kerry Properties and Hang Lung Properties. Combining his knowledge and experience with his passion, James’s lectures are sure to be both engaging and stimulating.
Ms. Sandy Ling
Sandy began her advertising career with Grey China working on the British-American Tobacco account — a baptism by fire, as tobacco was one of the most restricted product categories in China at the time. After 5 years, she returned to Hong Kong and worked with some of the city’s most notable agencies and the world’s most iconic brands like Nokia, Volkswagen, Cheung Kong Holdings, Canon, IBM, Hongkong Land, MTR Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Huawei, Wyeth and KFC.
Mr. Lo Tze On
Specializing in public relations strategy and marketing communications, Mr. Lo has served a wide range of corporations with solid corporate experience. He set up his own PR consultancy firm for more than 20 years. Before that, he hold senior executive positions with a number of major companies including SHK International Services Ltd., Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., etc.
Ms. Janice Lui
Janice Lui is one of the few people in Hong Kong that have flourish cross media experience. She currently serves as Editor and Anchor of Hong Kong Economic Journal. Duties include producing & anchoring online content.
Before the digital days, Janice was the Finance Editor and Producer of FM 104 Metro Finance and Assistant Business Editor of Asia Television (ATV). She also worked for a number of influential local dailies and magazine: Ming Pao Daily and Forbes Zinbenjia, the Chinese edition of the U.S. Forbes Magazine.
She obtained her MBA from California State University, Hayward and was awarded Diploma in Journalism from Hong Kong Shue Yan College.
Ms. Yvonne Ma
Yvonne Ma is the Founder of Eighty20 Marketing Limited, an award-winning strategic marketing powerhouse that helps brands develop 360 marketing playbook through creative content and data analysis.
Her visionary perspective has earned her opportunities to work on global and prominent campaigns with a number of government and property developer brands such as European Commission, Brand USA, Hawai’i Tourism Authority, New World Development, Sino Group and Hongkong Land.
Besides working on projects, Yvonne travels all over the world attending and speaking at global conference in order to gain new inspiration and inspire others on strategic planning to branding. She demonstrates strong entrepreneurial spirit to function globally, overcoming cultural barriers, to build effective and result oriented teams.
Her passion, expertise and track record lies in inspiring positivity, hope and confidence in the larger community. Outside of the office, she is committed to supporting our future generation through personal mentoring. She is the recipient of Warwick Business School MBA Change Makers’ scholarship award in 2022. Her interests include reading, travelling and creating possibilities.
Ms. Eppie Tam
Ms Eppie Tam is the Founding Member and the present Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals’ Association. She is a seasoned public relations practitioner and has worked for different renowned public relations consultancies and multi-national corporations in Hong Kong and Mainland China since 1980s. Currently, she is the Director of the Allied Global Communications Consultant.
Working for both in-house and public relations agencies in her Communications Industry career, Eppie has managed various Public Relations and Marketing projects for world-class organizations. Before then, she also worked for the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Economic Journal as reporter covering Finance and Business News.
Training is another area that Eppie has engaged and committed in past decades. Other than organizing and conducting different training workshops in Media Training, Corporate Communications and Marketing, she also lectures at various academic institutions in Hong Kong.
Mr. Russell. R. Wong
Mr. Wong has over 20 years of regional experiences in the field of marketing communications, brand management, corporate communications, CSR communications and public relations gained from MNCs. He teaches more than 18 Universities from USA, Australia, UK, Macau and local since 1999 at the postgraduate level. He also conducts corporate training in areas of negotiation, crisis management and business model generations for MNCs in Hong Kong, Macau, and China.
With professional qualification in Marketing, Mr. Wong received his MBA degree from Monash University, MA degree in English from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and MA degree in Electronic Business (Distinction) from City University of Hong Kong.
I) hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution and have 3 years of relevant work experience; or
Applicants holding a bachelor degree must provide evidence of English proficiency (if the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English) such as:
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- Course Fee : HK$39,860 per programme (Effective from April 2022 intake. To be paid in two instalments, non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice. Admin charge applies to course withdrawal.)
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
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|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
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- copy of HKID card/passport;
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- By Post
Mail to Ms Cherry Chow at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope.
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