This course is aimed at experienced practitioners who want to develop their strategic public affairs and management skills with the aim of taking on more senior roles.

NB This course was previous called the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma and is promoted in our 2017/18 postgraduate prospectus as such. The course has recently undergone modification and a name change by the CIPR. If you are applying for entry in January 2018 the text below is now correct. It may undergo further modification for September 2018 and January 2019 entry. We recommend that you visit the CIPR website for the latest updates.

Course Overview

Candidates will research and develop ethical public affairs strategies and plans which confront and manage political and societal issues, change attitudes and influence behaviours, and thus achieve strategic objectives.

For more information, visit the CIPR website at https://www.cipr.co.uk/content/qualifications/specialist-diploma-public-affairs

 

Exit Awards

CIPR Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs). Graduates are awarded credits towards QMU’s MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Candidates will research and develop ethical public affairs strategies and plans which confront and manage political and societal issues, change attitudes and influence behaviours, and thus achieve strategic objectives.

The course will cover various topics and an assessment will involve producing an executive report and analysis of research findings on a topic of your choice that relates to public affairs.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

Timetables vary depending on which teaching centre you study with but all centres provide 20 hours of tuition.

There are 4 assessment sessions per year. Depending on when you enrol on to the qualification you could qualify in as little as 6 to 8 months.

As well as the tuition time, you'll need to set aside approximately 10 to 12 hours per week for self-study. This might increase as you work towards submitting your assessments.

 

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

  • QMU is the only institution outside London to teach the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communication), the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs) and the CIPR Professional Diploma.
  • QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
  • Students on the course are eligible for student membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and, on graduation, can upgrade their membership to full or associate status depending on professional experience.

Modules

The Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs) covers topics including:

  • public affairs in organisations and society
  • how public affairs can contribute to an organisation’s success
  • the process of policy formation and the wider corporate communications and reputational context
  • ethical issues in complex political environments.

Quick Facts

■ QMU is the only institution outside London to teach the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communication), the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Public Affairs) and the CIPR Professional Diploma.

■ QMU is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

■ Our PR academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence in research. These courses 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 in a wide range of organisations.

■ CIPR Public Affairs Diploma graduates receive credits towards a MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations at QMU and towards the CIPR Diploma.

■ Block teaching is a simple way of fitting your study around the demands of your job.

Entry Requirements

Please visit the CIPR website at https://www.cipr.co.uk/content/qualifications/specialist-diploma-public-affairs

International: Those whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the language – spoken and written – to an International Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or equivalent.

 

 

Application Deadline

None

More Information and Contacts

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2017/18 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

 

 

Course Overview

Duration
Part-time: 8 months (Jan-Aug)
Start Date
January 2018
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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