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University offers masters in social networking

Birmingham City University has come under fire after offering a masters degree in Social Media covering popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter as marketing tools.

The £4,000 one-year degree will start in September with modules on blogging, podcasting and social networking tools. While many people have questioned a course which teaches skills that most teenagers learn when they should be doing their homework, course organisers have defended the MA.

"The tools learned on this course will be accessible to many people," course convener Jon Hickman posted on his Twitter account. "It will definitely appeal to students looking to go into professions including journalism and PR."

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