PR Diploma – London

CIPR Professional PR Diploma face to face

About this course

Studying for the CIPR Professional PR Diploma will enable you to operate as a more strategic and confident communicator. Equip yourself with the advanced knowledge you need to design effective PR strategies. Learn more about communication and how to influence behaviour in today’s digital world. Examine the role of PR and ethics.

COVID-19 update: as this is a face to face course, we are monitoring things carefully, please see the FAQs at the bottom of the page for more details and get in touch if you want to chat through.

Course detail

Face to face course


Assignments: 3

Study time: 3-4 hours a week

Duration: 10 months

Payment options: instalments available

Course features

Seminars at central London venue

Book written specially for the course

Specially selected online library

Course available for up to 2 years


CIPR accredited

What are the course fees?*

PR Academy fees: £1885 (+VAT)

CIPR Awarding Body fees: £1065 (No VAT)

Total: £2,950 (+VAT)

*VAT will be calculated upon enrolment depending on your location and situation. VAT inclusive price is £3327.

Instalment options*

If you are funding the course yourself, pay in easy instalments.  An initial payment of £727 (payable before the course starts) then ten monthly payments of £260.

*Instalments shown include VAT.

Paying by instalment: the first payment is made when you enrol, future payments come out monthly on the same date. For example, if you enrol on the 20th, future payments are made monthly on the 20th.

10 October 2020


24 April 2021


Who is this course for?

PR and communication practitioners. You are working in any field of public relations (e.g. media relations, internal communications or public affairs), you want to learn about the strategic role and functions of the public relations practitioner. Maybe the time is right for a more senior position. Show that you are committed to your professional development and can operate at a strategic level.

Underpin what you do. You may have been working in PR and communication for at least two years and have a first degree or another professional qualification. You feel the time is right to underpin what you do with some theory and learn the models and concepts that inform your practice.

Flexible learning. You want to be able to study at a time and place that works for you. Remember though, it is a Master’s level course and you will need to feel comfortable studying at that level and have time available.

Learning outcomes

Come away knowing how to put communication theory into practice through advanced PR planning, able to deliver campaigns that will wow clients and colleagues.

Learn how to engage audiences and create effective thought leadership. Reflect critically on practice and improve processes.

Invest in your personal development. Studying this Master’s level PR Diploma is personally rewarding, encouraging you to become a more reflective practitioner and take time out to learn and grow.

Apply what you learn. Be assessed on real life or work related projects which is great for employers, showing the practical relevance of the course.

Download our course brochure for all the course details including:

  • Full syllabus
  • Assignment details
  • Key dates
  • Reasons to study
CIPR Professional PR Diploma Course Brochure

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Find out more about the course

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00 44 (0) 203 862 6910

Meet your course leader Chris Tucker

Meet Chris

Chris Tucker calls herself a news junkie.  “Sky News is constantly on in the background after, of course, BBC Radio Four’s Today programme. The development of the new news ecosystem meshing on and offline media is something that fascinates me. It’s certainly an enormously exciting time to be working in PR.”

Why get a qualification?

The Professional PR Diploma is the CIPR’s flagship qualification.  It helps you stand out from the crowd.

Studying for a qualification results in a deep level of learning because you apply what you learn as you go and reflect on it over a period of time.

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Learn in the best spaces

Our central London training venue has great facilities and super healthy food.

The course gave me the confidence to test out new ideas and transformed the way I work.

I would highly recommend the diploma to fellow PR professionals who are looking to improve their skills and work more strategically. It was great to be able to apply some of the assignments to my day to day work; it gave me the time and space to really get to grips with using data in my research.

Developing this skill was part of the reason why I was able to produce and execute the communications strategy behind my food waste recycling behaviour change campaign, which saw a 25% increase in recycling in the borough.”

Harriet Robinson

Your questions answered

At the moment we are monitoring government advice and other factors such as venue availability and rules, people’s willingness to travel into London. Presently we plan to run them but we are keeping things under review. Please contact us if you would like to chat through or check out our online courses.
There are a number of options and we want to be as flexible as possible:
  • A full refund
  • Roll your enrolment over to 2021
  • We may put the first module online and then run classes in 2021 so you can still get your qualification to the original timetable (if this isn’t for you, you can cancel and get a refund)
  • Move you to the fully online course
No. There are lots of advantages to being a member of a professional body though so if you aren't already, think about joining.
It depends a bit on the awarding body, some have different regulations but in most cases you have a period of time in which to submit and we give you access to the materials for up to a year after the course has finished. If in any doubt, please talk to us.
For CIPR courses, your course fee is a combination of the PR Academy tuition fee and the CIPR awarding body and registration fee. PR Academy provides all your tuition plus an online learning centre with books and resources and marks your work. If you come to face to face classes we provide you with lots of tea and coffee and a lovely lunch. You don’t really need to buy any books as most resources are online, but you can of course purchase books if you like and we can help you to decide what to buy.
It's great news that your employer is investing in your development. The first thing to do is get a purchase order - you will need it when you enrol. This is really important as without it we aren't able to raise an invoice. Alternatively, you can pay using a company credit or debit card at checkout - that's probably the easiest way. The second thing is to allow plenty of time! We need payment before the course starts and we know that sometimes company's payment processes can take a while. So act now to get it all sorted in time. If you need any help or advice, just give us a call and Shelley will help you.
No. For example, the CIPR qualifications have been refreshed so they are now much more about applying theory to practice. We still discuss theory because that’s what makes us better practitioners, but we show how to apply it in practice. We call it applied learning.
For some courses we offer payment by instalment, or you can pay for the whole course upfront at the time of enrolment. When you pay by instalment, monthly payments will be taken automatically by Stripe, our payment processing service. Payments will be taken every month on the same date as you made the first payment. So if you enrol and make the first payment on the 22nd of the month, future instalments are payable on the 22nd of the next month and so on until the course is paid for. The payments plan starts from when you enrol. Remember, we need the full payment or the first instalment before the course starts. Also, as our terms and conditions set out, you are liable for the full course fees even if you decide not to continue.