Level 7 CIPR Specialist Diploma in Crisis Communication

Develop the skills and knowledge needed for auditing, planning and managing public relations if and when the pressure mounts for an urgent response, or during a crisis.

Spread the cost of your course*

Take advantage and make an initial payment of £300.00 and £70.00 administration fee by credit/debit card, then spread the remaining amount over 4 equal monthly instalments.

* Available for UK bank accounts only.

Distance learning

Distance Learning

£1260.00* + VAT

£1260.00* + VAT
* An additional amount of £405.00 for CIPR registration and assessment to be paid at checkout.

Course overview

The new CIPR Specialist Diploma in Crisis Communication is  covers the contexts, concepts and practical tools of crisis response PR.


  • the different levels and impacts of crises,
  • the building and maintaining of effective plans 
  • how to use influencing strategies to avoid or avert a crisis
  • how to develop practical, ethical crisis response strategies and plans
  • how to develop the skills for managing PR if and when the pressure mounts for an urgent response.

What do you get?

    Distance learning tuition:

    • specialist tuition by practicing CIPR qualified professionals with experience in commercial, government and voluntary sectors
    • a series of videos on aspects of crisis communications
    • a webinar for assessment preparation
    • one-to-one tutor support for assessments
    • online support through the College's learning zone


    6 months

    Entry criteria

    • CIPR Professional PR Certificate, or
    • one year's experience and one of the following: CIPR Specialist Certificate: Internal Communication, CIM Diploma, UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a PR-related discipline (such as business, marketing, management, communication, media or journalism), or
    • Two year's relevant full-time employement in PR and one of the following: CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communications, NCTJ Diploma, UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any subject, or
    • Four years' relevant full-time employment in PR (or related sectors) and 5 GCSES

    Course module:

    Crisis Communications Practice Mandatory

    Key concepts in crisis response

    • Opportunities and Threats to trust and reputation
    • Analyse and define types of crisis
    • Manage media and social media in a crisis
    • Establishing a crisis ready organisation
    • Trust as an asset

    Assessment: Assessment is by a work based assignment, comprising of an Executive Report and a supporting summary analysis. 4,500 words in total

    What our students say

    In a nutshell, studying for the Diploma, with the great support from the tutors, has given me a fantastic grounding and structure around which to make and implement marketing strategy and activity. It has also given me a lot of confidence.

    Clare Montgomery Founder Beaujolais and Beyond

    Cambridge Marketing College has amazing tutors, friendly administration staff and great teaching material.

    CMC Alumnus

    You really have been so so helpful, and I really appreciate it. CMC are lucky to have such wonderful staff who really go the extra mile.

    Felicity Dale Associate Director, International Strategic Development Global University Systems

    Working with Thomas McAlinden my tutor has been fantastic. The feedback I received on my draft was seriously impactful and helped shape my assignment in the final weeks. The greatest benefit to me was that Thomas was always on hand to help. Every phone call, email or text was answered and responded to without delay. 

    Brenton Williams Foundation Certificate Student Gilead Sciences Inc.

    The tutors were fantastic and all the materials provided were great. I always recommend Cambridge Marketing College.

    CMC Alumnus

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