Postgraduate Taught

CIPR Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs)

If you’re a public relations professional looking to advance your skills, knowledge and career, our CIPR diplomas could be an ideal next step. They are taught in blocks, giving you flexibility to fit your studies around your current work commitments.

Earn a qualification that will get you noticed – CIPR qualifications are recognised as the benchmark for professional practice in public relations by employers in the private and public sectors. 


Why QMU?

  • You will join our community of communications academics and practitioners and as a matriculated QMU student can access the University’s resources, including our extensive library and online teaching Hub.
  • The block face-to-face teaching approach and online materials will help you combine studying with working.
  • Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research practice.

Course overview

Everyone enrolled on our CIPR Diplomas is a matriculated student and has access to all of the University’s resources, including our extensive library and online teaching Hub. We very much believe that students gain real benefits from face-to-face teaching, but we also recognise that this can sometimes be difficult for professionals — so we organise our workshops over four or five Saturdays per module and always post material online.

You will join our community of communications academics and practitioners, and will learn alongside out MSc students. Should you wish to continue studying with us after completing a diploma, you will have already earned 20 credits per CIPR Diploma module towards our MSc Digital Campaigning and Content Creation or MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

Get ready to 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.

This diploma is aimed at experienced practitioners who want to develop their strategic public affairs and management competencies with the aim of taking on more senior roles.

For more information, visit the CIPR website. 

Exit awards

Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs) plus 20 credits towards QMU’s MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations.


The diplomas are taught in blocks and you will only be required to attend QMU a few times across the duration of your chosen course.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught by our PR academics who are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research.

Your teaching will comprise a variety of approaches including lectures, workshops, group work and input from senior practitioners and QMU academics.

Work is set at the on-campus teaching blocks and contact maintained between blocks through online discussions.

You will learn alongside people who are working in a similar role to you in a variety of businesses and organisations. This will enable you to share experiences and learning with one another, which enriches the student experience. 

Teaching hours and attendance

Teaching on the Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs) is delivered in block teaching, in five full days.

The timetable is not available for 2020.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

QMU is an accredited teaching centre of the UK’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and a partner institution of the UK’s Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).


For the latest module information, please visit the diploma entry on the CIPR website -

Class sizes

Normally, there are around 15-20 students undertaking Diplomas each year. 

Entry requirements

Please visit the CIPR website for the most up-to-date entry requirements -

Application deadline


Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

Block taught at QMU with additional online learning
September to August
Start Date
January 2021
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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