CIPR Professional PR Diploma Online

10 months
Taught at Masters level


Accredited by: CIPR
Next date: (Online course - more dates are available below)
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Studying for the CIPR Professional PR Diploma – the CIPR’s flagship qualification – will enable you to operate more strategically with confidence. It will do this by equipping you with the advanced knowledge you need to design effective PR strategies. Students often say that taking the PR Diploma transforms the way they work.

You will gain an advanced understanding of professional practice, including PR strategy and planning, content management, media and engagement, measurement and evaluation, and PR leadership. All underpinned by reference to ethics and the code of conduct.

You'll also put your learning into practice, evaluating a wide range of PR concepts and techniques and applying them practically to your own work and sector.

The course lasts around ten months and there are three assessments.

If you are paying for the course yourself, you can now pay in ten easy instalments.

Why study with PR Academy?

Great results, the best tutors, plus unlimited tutor support throughout.Our online learning centre has all the resources you need complete with an online library of specially selected books. There are regular live webinars – also recorded for later playback – where your course leader takes you through the key concepts.

Download our course fact sheet from the link at the top of the page to learn more.

This course is also available face to face.

Meet your course leader, Chris Tucker.

See what it’s like to study with PR Academy.

Further information:

Our tuition costs: £1275 plus VAT*

*This early bird offer applies to courses that are booked and paid for before Friday, 30 August 2019. Payment must have reached us by that date for this price to apply. After this date, the tuition fees will be £1885 plus VAT

Pay as you study: if you are paying your own tuition fees, you have the option to pay by instalment. Instalment details are here.

How to pay: if you are paying for the course yourself, payment is by credit or debit card. If your employer is paying, when you come to enrol you can request an invoice so that they can pay us by bank transfer.

* The full course price is made up of the tuition fees plus the CIPR course registration fee and awarding body fee. Breakdown:

PR Academy tuition fee: £1275 plus VAT

CIPR Awarding body fee: £990 VAT exempt

CIPR Course registration fee: £75 VAT exempt

Total including VAT: £2595

Unlimited tutor support.

Access to our online learning centre and online library.

A dedicated “reader” designed and written specially by us for the course.

Marking and feedback on your assignments.

We want to make sure you select the course that is right for you. The CIPR sets out entry criteria guidance for this course as follows:

  • You have completed the CIPR Professional PR Certificate
  • You are an experienced PR professional without an industry specific qualification
  • 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 roles and functions of the public relations practitioner.


You qualify for this level if you fulfil the any of the following CIPR enrolment criteria:

CIPR Professional PR Certificate


One of the following plus one year's relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors, e.g. marketing, journalism) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language:

CIPR Specialist Certificate: Internal Communications

Postgraduate professional qualification in a related discipline (e.g. CIM diploma)

UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a PR-related discipline: business, marketing, management, communication, media or journalism


One of the following plus two years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language:

CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communication

NCTJ Diploma

UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any other subject

LCCIEB qualification which must comprise five level-three subjects in PR, marketing, advertising, and principles & practice of management


Four years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors) and five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in English language.


If English is not your first language, you must be able to demonstrate that you can write and speak English to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.


If you aren’t sure whether you meet the entry criteria, get in touch by calling +44 (0)20 3862 6910 or emailing

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