PR Diploma

CIPR Professional PR Diploma online

About this course

Studying for the CIPR Professional PR Diploma will enable you to operate as a more strategic and confident communicator. This CIPR diploma will equip you with the advanced knowledge 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.

Our course includes live online sessions, tutorials and individual feedback on assignment topics.

**Summer offer: save 10% on tuition fees during July 2024. Fees displayed have the discount applied.**

Course detail

Start any time

Master's Level

Assignments: 3

Study at your own pace

Approximately 10 months

Payment options: instalments available

Study Support Package

Live interactive online workshops

One to one tutorials

Online library with all the books you need

Individual feedback on your assignment ideas

Study Hub: our bespoke online learning centre

Networking via our LinkedIn group

Easy tutor contact

A copy of the PR Diploma Reader

Pay monthly

Initial fee: £405.80 (incl. VAT)

10 monthly instalments: £220 (incl. VAT)

A one-off initial fee is taken when you enrol. Instalments are collected monthly from the date you enrolled.

Summer Offer

Save 10% on tuition until the end of July

PR Academy tuition offer summer offer: £1,214 (+ VAT)

CIPR fees: £1,149 (No VAT)

Total: £2,363 (+ VAT)

VAT is calculated upon enrolment and is dependant on your location and situation.
VAT inclusive fee is £2,605.80

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£1,214+VAT & CIPR assessment fee

Summer offer July 2024

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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.

Underpin what you do. You’ve got quite a bit of PR experience, perhaps as PR manager, hold a first degree or maybe 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 pace that works for you.

Master’s level. This is a Master’s level course so make sure that you are ready to study and be assessed at this level.

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.

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Ann Pilkington, co-founder of PR Academy explains how our courses work, demonstrates our Study Hub and explains the resources and support you will receive. Also, hear from members of the PR Academy alumni.

Meet your course leader Chris Tucker

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.”

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Find out what it’s like to study for the CIPR Professional PR Diploma with PR Academy.

I’ve enjoyed how the course has been very practical. There is obviously an academic side to things, but the models, theories and frameworks we’ve learnt about have been very easy to translate into practice.

Daisy Bartlett

Your questions answered

The syllabus incorporates three separate units. Unit 1 PR Strategy and Planning is focused on the PR strategy and planning process, with an emphasis on research that establishes robust communication objectives, related to the organisation's goals. Unit 2 PR Content, Communications and Engagement is focused on communication and engagement, with an emphasis on content, which reflects employers' views that management of content across the organisation is an essential competence. Unit 3 PR Management, Measurement and Evaluation is focused on leadership of PR activities, with an emphasis on management of projects, campaigns and resources; internal stakeholders, the PR team and key suppliers; and on measurement and evaluation.
There are three assignments. Unit 1 Assessment: Executive report (and summary situation analysis). The aim is to enable students to demonstrate competence in undertaking an analysis of a case study situation to inform specific PR objectives and strategy. Unit 2 Assessment: Thought leadership article (and statement of reflection). The aim is to enable students to demonstrate competence in strategic communication and stakeholder engagement through production of a thought leadership article. Unit 3 Assessment: Management proposal outlining recommendations for performance improvement. The aim is to enable students to demonstrate competence in evaluating the ethics and effectiveness of professional practice.
It definitely can. Many of our students are studying in order to increase their confidence and boost their CV and report a new role or promotion as a result of their qualification. In PR Academy’s 2023 research into PR education, respondents were asked - if they hold a professional qualification - has it led to career progression/promotion. This is a question that PR Academy has tracked since 2013. There is a consistent report of between 74 and 85 percent that a professional qualification has led to a career progression combined with confidence that it will.
Some organisations ask for qualifications when advertising PR jobs.  While a PR qualification isn't essential it improves your CV and also shows your personal commitment to the profession and continuous learning.
If you are looking for a qualification in PR, then a professional qualification is a good option because you can study while you work. The syllabi for CIPR qualifications is very practical while still underpinned by theory so you can apply what you learn straight away.
Yes they are. We have practitioners from all over the world studying with us. The CIPR is the only chartered body for public relations which adds to the recognition of the qualification around the world.
There are CIPR qualifications at all levels. If you are just starting out the Foundation in PR is for you. If you are a few years into your career the Professional PR Certificate or internal communication certificate are designed for you. For more experienced practitioners there are diploma qualifications at approximately Master's level. If you aren't sure just get in touch for a chat.
Our CIPR and PRCA qualifications are designed for practitioners who want to advance their career with a stronger understanding of theory leading to more strategic campaigns. Many of our students say it boosts their confidence and they go on to better jobs or promotion.
Yes, we regularly speak to practitioners who are using a qualification as a way to refresh their knowledge, get up to date with latest practice and boost their CV. A qualification can be a great reminder of how much you already know boosting your confidence to get back into the PR job market. In our 2023 research into PR education, 84% of respondents said they were doing it to increase their skills.

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