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CIPR Professional Public Relations Certificate

CIPR Professional Public Relations Certificate

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Certificate

Subject areas

Public Relations Journalism

Course type


Course Summary

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations Professional PR Certificate enables you to make a real difference to you and your organisation. With a deeper understanding of how PR works, you will be more effective in your job, your decision-making will be sharper, and you will be ready to grasp new career opportunities.

The course is run part-time, allowing you to study while you work. We offer starts in either October or January each year.

What's covered in the course?

The Professional Certificate will help you if you’re a practitioner who has recently joined the profession, are thinking of pursuing a new career in PR, or want to enhance your skills and knowledge as part of your continuing professional development.

Maybe you have been working in a comms role for a little while, so you know what to do, but not always why you do it. The Certificate gives a thorough and robust grounding in the core concepts of PR, giving you the expertise and confidence to take your skills to a new level. Researching, planning and evaluating an effective strategic communications plan is at the heart of the course. You will learn how to set objectives, how to develop and articulate strategy, as well as broadening your arsenal of tactical skills, not least in the fast-changing world of social media.

To gain the Certificate, you must succeed in three challenging assignments that can be directly relevant to your working life, putting into practice the skills you are learning as you go along - a win-win situation for you and your employer.

Working closely with experienced tutors who bring a mix of academic insights and practical experience, you will gain a rounded understanding of the PR discipline, and also make new contacts who will help and support you as your career blossoms.

Enhancing your employability skills

The practical skills you will learn from the CIPR Advanced Certificate will enable you to work as an effective PR professional in the public or private sector, from in-house to consultancy. You will have gained practical skills such as how to write for the media, and produce other media products suitable for publication.

You’ll have the chance to learn from experts in PR and journalism during our annual series of PR Masterclasses, when leading guest speakers come to the university to share their experience.

Whether you are looking to advance your career or you are just starting out in PR, this course will give you the competitive edge you need to get ahead.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not available to International students.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have one of the following: The CIPR Foundation Award; any UK degree. Two years' relevant full-time employment in public relations (or related sectors e.g. marketing, journalism) and 5 GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above, one of which must be English Language. The LCCIEB Group Diploma in PR, plus one year's experience in PR. Equivalent qualifications are acceptable. This course is not available to International students.