This program 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.
This MA is currently (as of June 2010) 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.
Sheffield Hallam course is well-regarded nationally and internationally. In 2001, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication (an American publication) reviewed MA courses in Technical Communication and rated the course as “impressive”.
In 2005, Noel Williams, who helped develop the course was awarded the Horace Hockley prize by the Institute of Scientific and Technical communication (ISTC) for his contribution to technical communication education.