The CIPR Specialist Diploma in Public Affairs is designed for experienced professionals seeking to enhance their proficiency in public affairs. The Diploma is suitable both for generalist PR practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of the discipline, as well as those interested in specialising in public affairs as a career.

This Level 7 qualification focuses on the role of public affairs in organisations and society, its contribution to organisational success, and the expectations of ethical practitioners within the complex political environment. The Specialist Diploma takes approximately 6 months to complete.

CIPR Specialist Diploma in Public Affairs
From £1250 +VAT

Study Options and Start Dates

The Diploma in Public Affairs can be studied via either distance learning or virtual classes. Distance learning allows you to study at your own pace, in your own time. Virtual classes enable more interaction with your trainer and classmates over Zoom. You are able to apply for your course in advance of its start date.

Next start date: w/c 16th September

What’s Included

1 year of support to complete your course

Unlimited support access and personal tutor support

Interest-free payment options

Free Project Management course

Free access to Marketing Principles pre-course

What’s Involved

Download the CIPR Specialist Diploma in Public Affairs syllabus.

To gain the CIPR Specialist Diploma in Public Affairs, you are required to complete one unit and a written assessment.

During the course, you will focus on policy formation, corporate communication, and reputation in the public affairs domain. You will be able to apply key concepts in public affairs including typologies of political and democratic systems and recent developments in public affairs. You will also cover the process of policy formation and the broader context of corporate communications and reputation. Finally, you will learn how to critically evaluate public affairs issues and campaign management, reflecting on your own experiences alongside case studies.

Complete an Additional Specialist Diploma with 50% Off!

Once you start your qualification, you’ll also gain free reading access to all the Level 7 Specialist Diplomas. If you wish to study another Specialist Diploma and take the assignment, you’ll receive a 50% discount off the standard price.

Distance Learning
From £1250 + VAT with 1 year of support

Virtual Classes
From £1350 + VAT with 1 year of support

We provide payment plans to suit most students.

Please note: Prices do not include your CIPR membership (£81)
or assessment fees (£356 per unit).

The CIPR Specialist Diploma in Public Affairs is aimed at experienced PR professionals.

You should have one of the following:

  • A previous CIPR Qualification and two years’ experience in PR
  • A business / marketing degree, in addition to one year’s work experience
  • A non-business / marketing degree, in addition to two years’ experience in PR
  • Four years’ full-time employment in PR, in addition to five GCSEs, one of which must be in English Language
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