Postgraduate Taught

CIPR Specialist Diploma (Digital Communications)

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 public relations practitioners who want to develop their expertise in the area of digital communications.  

Please refer to the CIPR website https://www.cipr.co.uk/digital-diploma for the latest and most up to date information on this course.

 

Exit awards

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

Structure

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 (Digital Communications) is delivered over six Saturdays (full days) between September and November. 

The timetable is not yet 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).

Modules

For the latest module information, please visit the diploma entry on the CIPR website https://www.cipr.co.uk/digital-diploma

Class sizes

Normally, there are around 15 students on each module.

Entry requirements

Please visit the CIPR website for the most up-to-date entry requirements - https://www.cipr.co.uk/digital-diploma

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

Admissions or Paolo Casteltrione on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000 or visit https://www.cipr.co.uk/digital-diploma 

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/201 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

 

Course Overview

Delivery
Block attendance at QMU supported by online learning
Duration
Part-time: 7 months (September to March)
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding

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