UK’s Birmingham City University has announced plans to offer a master’s degree on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Bebo.
The University’s MA in Social Media will also explain how to set up blogs and publish podcasts, according to the Telegraph.
It’s a one year full-time classroom course with a £4,400 ($6,300) fee though the university will also help you find work placement with an organization that uses social media or is exploring social media.
The course, which will start next year, was advertised through a makeshift video on the university's website.
“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,” explains course convener Jon Hickman.
“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.”
“Social media is very important for jobs within the marketing and communications sector, as a skill set within other jobs, and as an industry within itself,” adds Hickman.
Hickman shared how the course had to conform to academic standards in order for it to be approved by the national education committees as a valuable enough courses to offer potential students.
In my opinion, the course does entail synoptic research and scholarly activity, which are the fundamental criteria for Masters Degrees, he said.
It's very relevant and very scholarly. It's a new course, but its importance is unquestionable.
Social media is very important for jobs within the marketing and communications sector, as a skill set within other jobs, and as an industry within itself.