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Course overview

This flexible and modular course enables professionals to work towards a Master's degree through interim Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma stages, encouraging participants to draw upon and reflect on their professional experiences.

Study Option
  • Queen's Park Campus, Chester
18 months (or 12 months with advanced standing) - 5 years

Why Study Communications and Public Relations with us?

Drawing on the University's long-established expertise in work-based learning, the course enables participants to combine short, intensive study blocks with project work based within their own work setting and/or work for clients.

This part-time course is normally completed over a minimum of 18 months, but for suitably qualified and experienced practitioners (CIPR or other equivalent Professional Diploma plus three years' experience), an accelerated route is possible with completion in a minimum of 12 months.

The course comprises three stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's degree. There is also an opportunity for professionals holding relevant qualifications (e.g. CIPR Diploma) to apply for advanced standing towards the Master's stage of the course.

The course structure comprises around 10 days' intensive tuition, supplemented by individual tutorials and online learning materials. You will also complete at least one substantive supervised, work-based project within your own organisation or a client organisation, which will form the major part of the course's assessment strategy.

Open Days 2017

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 3rd June
  • Saturday 14th October (PGCE’s and Education Master’s only)

Warrington Dates

  • Thursday 15th June
    (Open Evening)
  • Saturday 21st October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Thursday 8th June
    (Open Evening)
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Queen's Park Campus, Chester

The prestigious new Queen's Park Campus is situated only a very short walk away from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to study. The site provides specialist teaching facilities for students of University of Chester Business School in the Faculty of Business and Management. 

Formerly a bank and historic army Western Command headquarters during the Second World War, Churchill and Bridge House is a fitting site for Chester Business School students, training to be the strategic decision makers and managers of the future. Churchill and Bridge House was purchased by the University of Chester in March 2015 and features state-of-the-art learning facilities, including student-friendly learning zones, a dedicated business library, open-access computer suites containing the latest IT equipment, and quiet areas for study in learning pods and student development rooms containing snug-style seating areas.

With luxurious fittings and historic features, Queen's Park Campus provides a prestigious environment for study which mirrors the corporate environment. Acting as a corporate hub, Chester Business School’s many partners from the public and private sectors are regularly welcomed to the site for business events. 

Fabulous on-site catering facilities include Montgomery's, a Starbucks ‘grab-and-go’ cafeteria and eat-your-own-food area. For dining in style, the De Gaulle Brasserie is situated on the top-floor with picturesque views over the River Dee.

There are areas for students to socialise outside the building as well, with access to riverside walks and the Meadows, as well as Queen's Park Campus's own green expanse of formal gardens and grounds leading down to the river.

Queen's Park Campus is one of the closest of our Chester sites to the historic city centre – only a short 5-10 minute walk away. If you are studying at Queen's Park Campus, you will also be able to easily reach the student accommodation and the facilities of Parkgate Road Campus, Chester, as they are only a short bus ride or walk away.


From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".

The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.

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Visit us at a postgraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Postgraduate Admissions