Postgraduate Taught

CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications)

IMPORTANT: The CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communication) is not available for entry in 2019. Please contact Emma Wood if you wish to discuss alternative options to this course.

If you’re a public relations professional looking to advance your skills, knowledge and career then 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.

This course offering is unique to QMU – we are the only CIPR-accredited UK institution to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses and to teach CIPR diplomas.

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.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page. 

Why QMU?

  • QMU is the only CIPR-accredited UK institution to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teach the CIPR Professional Public Relations Diploma, CIPR Diploma in Internal Communications Practice and CIPR Diploma in Public Affairs Practice.
  • The block face-to-face teaching approach will help you combine studying with working.
  • Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research.

Course overview

The aim of the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications) is to enable the candidates to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in the contexts, concepts and practical tools of internal communication.

The content and title of these diplomas may change since posting here (September 2018) so please check the CIPR website.


Exit awards

CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is delivered by QMU’s PR academics who are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research.

Teaching comprises 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 from one another and enriches the student experience.

Teaching hours and attendance

On campus teaching for all three diplomas is delivered in short blocks at QMU.

For the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications) you will likely attend QMU in one or two day blocks three or four times a year.

The timetable is not available at the time of publication.

Class sizes

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


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


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).

Entry requirements

For full details please visit the CIPR website.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Sally Chalmers or Admissions on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


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Course Overview

Block attendance at QMU supported by online learning
Part-time: 7 months (September to March)
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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