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Chartered Institute of Public Relations Public Affairs Diploma

Programme Leader Profile - Magda Pieczka

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If you are an experienced public relations practitioner aiming to develop your strategic public affairs and management skills with the aim of taking on more senior roles this professionally accredited course is for you. The course focuses on the role that communication expertise plays in public policy processes and approach this topic in the context of strategic communications and reputation management that underpin the public affairs function. The qualification is firmly rooted in practice - with regular contributions from senior practitioners - and developed from an interdisciplinary theoretical basis.

Public Affairs Diploma students receive 20 hours of face-to-face tuition between January and May, individual supervision for the research project (course assessment), as well as extensive online resources developed to support individual study.

Teaching includes lectures, practical exercises and workshops, case studies and directed reading activities.

Teaching dates for 2016-2017...

26 January 2107
23 February 2107
9 March 2017
6 April 2017

CIPR Public Affairs Diploma graduates receive credits towards an MSc Public Relations at Queen Margaret University (QMU) and towards the CIPR Diploma.

Studying for the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma counts towards the CIPR’s Continuing Professional Development Programme and becoming a CIPR Accredited Practitioner – the hallmark of your commitment to professional development. CIPR Diploma graduates receive credits if they go on to study for an MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations at QMU.

QMU is the only Scottish institution to teach the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma. We also offer CIPR accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teach the CIPR Diploma and the CIPR Internal Communications Diploma. These programmes reflect the strength and depth of the teaching team which includes academics with extensive research and publication portfolios and PR practitioners with many years of experience at senior level and in a wide range of organisations.

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For more information on the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma, the syllabus, reading list, entry criteria, assessment details and to apply for entry to the programme at QMU visit the CIPR web site or contact the Programme Leader, Magda Pieczka on





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