Sustainability Communication Diploma

CIPR Specialist Diploma: Sustainability Communications

About this course

With the CIPR Specialist Diploma in Sustainability Communications course, you will equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to lead an organisation’s (commercial, public sector or non-profit-making) strategic management of sustainability communication with confidence. Research and develop ethical sustainability communications strategies and plans that enable organisations to enhance and protect their reputation and make a positive impact on communities.

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

Course detail

Start any time

Master's level

Assignments: 1

Study at your own pace

Approximately six 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 idea

Study Hub: our bespoke online learning centre

Networking via our LinkedIn group

Easy tutor contact

Pay monthly

Initial fee: £315.80 (incl. VAT)

6 monthly instalments: £290 (incl. VAT)

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

How we calculate your fee

PR Academy tuition: £1,349 (+ VAT)

CIPR fees: £437 (no VAT)

Total: £1,786 (+ VAT)

VAT is calculated upon enrolment and is dependant on your location and situation.
VAT inclusive fee is £2,055.80

Payment methods include Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and more

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+ VAT & CIPR assessment

Enrol today

£1,349+VAT & CIPR assessment fee

Who is this course for?

Experienced practitioners. You are a senior practitioner working in PR, corporate communication, marketing communication, internal communication, public affairs media relations or a related field. You may be working in-house or on the consultancy side.

Increase your knowledge and confidence.  You want to be able to lead and advise on sustainability communication with confidence based on sound knowledge.

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

Learning outcomes

Apply relevant macro, meso and micro contexts of strategic sustainability communications leadership including the role of PR in the relationship between organisations and sustainability.

Develop ethical sustainability communications strategies and plans.

Explore the link between sustainability and reputation, issues and crisis management.

Critically evaluate the role of PR in advancing a corporate sustainability communications strategy including by applying sustainability communications tools, concepts and ethical principles to the organisational context.

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Meet your course leader Dr Kevin Ruck

I get a buzz from teaching as I like to explore new ideas and ways of working. I like to think big about PR, internal communication and employee engagement. I think you tend to always get what you’ve always got if you always do what you’ve always done. So teaching and learning is about thinking differently in ways that can be applied to better practice.

Meet Kevin

Chris Tucker is your workshop leader. She is a member of the CIPR ESG Panel and chairs the CIPR’s Crisis Communication Network. Chris is also course leader for our Professional PR Diploma and Crisis Communication Diploma.

Professor Paul Willis is your subject matter expert. Paul helped us to design the course. A special area of interest for Paul is strategic communication and leadership which he has embedded in the programme. Along with Professor Anne Gregory, he is the co-author of Strategic Public Relations Leadership, one of our favourite books and available in our online library.

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Your questions answered

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 you can join the course 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.
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. 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.
We offer plenty of support. Many courses offer individual tutorials that can be booked. The course leader is easily contactable and there is always someone in the office who can help with day to day queries.
At PR Academy we have been teaching online since we started in 2007. We have a specially designed online learning centre - we don't just put you on Teams! Our teaching is delivered through a mix of on-demand content, guided reading, live workshop sessions (usually recorded for later playback) plus tutor support. We have an online library that we have curated specially for our courses. Some courses offer individual tutorials that can be booked and the opportunity to submit an assignment proposal for individual feedback.
There may be funding available in your area, so it is always a good idea to do some research as there may be schemes that we aren’t aware of. The CIPR occasionally has funding schemes and we'll update here when the next one is announced.

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