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Chartered Institute of Public Relations CIPR Professional Diploma in Public Relations


Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

Full time September Other 1 year

About the course

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. 

 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

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Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


Student Profile(s)

Leanne Mabberley

After completing a degree in American Studies from Nottingham University, I went on to work in various media/communications roles at local newspapers, a children's charity and the City of Edinburgh Council, where I have now been for nearly seven years.

I'd gained lots of hands-on experience of public relations, and felt the CIPR Diploma would give me that added theoretical knowledge and extra confidence. Living and working in Edinburgh, I was at an advantage as QMU is the only Scottish centre to deliver the CIPR Diploma. Due to the delivery of the course, I was able to continue working at the Council.

I really enjoyed the course and found it directly useful in the office. The lecturers were great and I found myself inspired to learn more and more. I liked the fact that the course focused on the more advanced strategic side of PR; this meant that I wasn't repeating the basics which I'm pretty well versed in. I am now more confident in the decisions that I make and feel comfortable in all sides of PR, whether it is writing a wide-ranging communications plan, discussing ethical issues or honing what exactly a project's key messages should be.

Since graduating, I have progressed my career at the City of Edinburgh Council and am now a Senior Communications Officer. I've continued to take an active interest in learning to find out what's going on in PR and I would like to continue my studies soon.



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