Level 7

CIPR Specialist Diploma in Internal Communications

With its short, 6 month duration, this specialist Diploma will have you qualified to handle your organisation's internal comms and employee engagement levels in no time! Start at any time with our online learning platform.

Spread the cost of your course*

Take advantage and make an initial payment of £370 by credit/debit card, then spread the remaining amount over 6 equal monthly instalments of £279.50/month

* Available for UK bank accounts only.

Online learning

Online Learning

£1295.00* + VAT

£1295.00* + VAT
* An additional amount of £423.00 for CIPR registration and assessment to be paid at checkout.

Course overview


View the CIPR's full syllabus.


Develop specialist knowledge and practical tools to use in your internal communications. In just 3 Units, you will understand the importance of your internal communications and the impact this has on your company culture, work out a strategy to engage with colleagues and evaluate the outcomes. 

Designed for both generalist public relations/communications practitioners wishing to enhance their understanding of internal communications and for those looking to specialise in internal communication as a career. This qualification will be of interest to practitioners who have experience of internal communication activities or in a related discipline, such as human resources management.

Online distance learning tuition

  • Introductory one-to-one tutorial, with tutor to discuss what is involved in studying
  • Tuition from practising PR professionals, with experience in a variety of sectors
  • Access to the Learning Zone, with a weekly structure of videos, podcasts and reading
  • Specialist textbook provided
  • Closed Slack channel, with daily posts on contemporary PR topics
  • One-to-one tutor support for the assessment

Study package 

Find out what our students receive in their study package as part of this course.

Additional support

There are lots of free resources available within our student community to ensure you gain the best learning experience possible!

  • Learning styles support and practical toolkits to help with your studies.
  • The ‘Marketer’s Sustainability Toolkit’ shows you what you need to action in your organisation.
  • Fortnightly personal development and career webinars.
  • Informal Friday ‘Drop-ins’ which follows a current topic for students to discuss and generate ideas.
  • Two podcasts; one follows the opinions of our experts and the other welcomes guests from the industry.


6 months

Entry criteria

  • CIPR Professional PR Certificate,
  • OR One year's employment in PR, PLUS CIPR Specialist Certificate in Internal Communication OR CIM Diploma OR UK Bachelor's degree (or equivalent),
  • OR Two year's employment in PR, PLUS CAM Advanced Diploma in Marketing Communications OR NCTJ Diploma OR UK Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Course module :

Internal Communications Mandatory

Study hours: 150, split into a provided weekly study plan.

Unit One

Apply key concepts in internal communication:

  • The evolution of internal communication as a strategic management function;
  • Organisational structures, leadership and management;
  • Organisational culture and its impact on internal communication practice;
  • The role of internal communication in major change management programmes;
  • Using effective approaches to communication and engagement.

Unit Two

Define internal communication and engagement models and concepts:

  • Keeping employees informed and the employee voice;
  • Work engagement (how employees become engaged);
  • Internal communication and organisational engagement;
  • The psychology of communication and engagement;
  • Listening, authenticity and dialogue.

Unit Three

Critically evaluate and implement internal communication planning, including:

  • Audit and research methodologies; communication and organisational engagement;
  • Internal communication planning and management;
  • Advanced channel management, content creation and curation;
  • Measurement and evaluation of outputs and outcomes;
  • Applying principles of ethical and professional practice
  • Production of management reports, recommending performance improvements.

Assessment: 3,000 word Management proposal outlining recommendations for developing strategy and performance improvement PLUS a supporting 2,000-word Review of the Proposal for change

What our students say

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

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