CIPR Specialist Diploma (Crisis Communication)

1. Overview

This professional short course is aimed at public relations practitioners who have a responsibility for crisis management and business recovery strategies and/or implementation.

The Specialist Diploma will help you to understand the impact of a crisis, how it damages reputation and how it can be mitigated. You will develop an understanding of potential causes which could lead to the need for crisis management.

2. What you will study

The course will cover various topics including:

  • Crisis-prone behaviour

  • Management styles

  • Different levels and impacts of crisis

  • Issues management

  • Reputation (vulnerabilities and opportunities)

  • Influencing strategies to avoid or avert a crisis

3. How you will learn

The course will be delivered in two day long workshops at RGU, followed by self-study online through RGU’s CampusMoodle. Depending on your level of seniority/familiarity with matters pertaining to crisis and issues communications, the self-study allocated to this Diploma ranges between 3-12 hours per week however, this could increase as you work towards the submission of your assessment.

You will receive academic support on your course work via CampusMoodle and email. Assessment will be carried out through a single 5000 word coursework assignment (a 3,000 word executive report plus a 2,000 word summary analysis of secondary research findings), which will be marked by RGU and moderated by the CIPR. There will be three assessment submission points to choose from within the 12 month period, providing added flexibility for busy professionals.

On completion of the course you will be eligible for 20% Alumni discount on other RGU courses and may be able to accelerate membership to the CIPR (subject to individual circumstances and CIPR policy and regulations).

The CIPR Specialist Diploma (Crisis Communication) may be used to support an application to other MSc courses within the School of Creative and Cultural Business.

*Students will not receive RGU credit for this course.

4. Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree or CIPR recognised qualifications and a minimum of 12 months work experience is required. Ensure you are familiar with the requirements of the CIPR.

Further information about entry requirements from CIPR

English is the language of instruction at Robert Gordon University and all students must demonstrate that they’re proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening before starting a course with us. 

All applicants whose first language is not from a recognised English speaking country will be asked to provide evidence of English language to a level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Further information about English Language Requirements

5. Placements and Accreditations

This is a CIPR accredited course and will be delivered by RGU which is a CIPR accredited teaching centre.

6. How to apply

To apply please complete the registration form.

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Once your application has been verified, you will be sent details on how to pay.

All registration and payment enquiries should be directed to

Elaine Anderson

T: 01224 263590


For further course information, contact the course leader:

Izzy Crawford

7. Prospects

Career opportunities exist primarily within the private and public sectors where there is growing demand for crisis management expertise which can adapt to an increasingly uncertain political, economic, social and technological environment.

8. Course Fees

Students will be charged £1,700 to participate in the course.

In addition, students will be charged £415 per person to cover the CIPR student registration and assessment fee.

OPINION: Weathering a crisis takes skills and knowledge – Ella Minty

OPINION: Weathering a crisis takes skills and knowledge – Ella Minty

Ella Minty talks about the importance and relevance of crisis management in our world today and why it is paramount we have the correct skills and knowledge to be able to control any form of crisis.

CIPR Diploma Launch Event

CIPR Diploma Launch Event

Join us at the launch of the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Crisis Communications) to understand how this new short course will equip you or the relevant member of your team with the knowledge and tools to contribute effectively to your organisation’s risk assessment, crisis preparations, communications and management.

RGU launches crisis communications diploma with the CIPR

RGU launches crisis communications diploma with the CIPR

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) to launch a Specialist Diploma in Crisis Communications. Find out more.

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Start Date

September 2018

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning

Academic School
School of Creative and Cultural Business
More Information:
Izzy Crawford Academic Strategic Lead
+44 (0)1224 263820
Approved by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Chartered Institute of Public Relations - Approved Centre