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CIPR Diploma in Public Relations

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The CIPR Diploma gives public relations practitioners the knowledge and understanding of theory and practice to develop as effective and efficient professionals, providing advanced capability in management and practice. Diploma graduates are eligible to become full members of the CIPR.

A growing number of universities recognise the Diploma in respect of their Masters' programmes (at present Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Metropolitan University and Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh).

Taught as a part-time course, the Diploma is ideal for those in full-time employment.

The Diploma is suitable for you if:

  • You are an experienced PR professional without an industry specific qualification
  • You want to learn about the strategic roles and functions of the public relations practitioner

Enrolment criteria

To be eligible to take the course you would need to have either:

  • The CIPR Advanced Certificate, or
  • Four years' PR experience, or
  • A related degree plus one year's experience, or
  • Any degree plus two years' experience

Find out more about CIPR Diploma enrolment criteria.

Venues, dates and fees

There are two intakes per year - one in the Autumn and one in January - and the course lasts for approximately 12 months.

The course is taught at various venues throughout the country, and at present there are centres in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sunderland and Reading.

Students who live outside the UK can attend an approved overseas centre.

The course offers a minimum of 48 hours tuition. Some venues teach on Fridays or Saturdays (approximately one session per month), or Saturday only, or over two weekdays and some on weekday evenings. Cost varies according to venue.

Find out more about Diploma venues, dates and costs.

In addition to the taught sessions students would be expected to spend approximately 400 hours on independent study over the length of the course.

Find out more about Diploma syllabus and assessment.


Applications should be made direct to the CIPR and not to the individual centres.

Find out more about applying for the CIPR Diploma. 

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