Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Public Relations

Qualification code: 90077
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 97597
APS/AS: 18
All Public Relations modules (DPR codes) at NQF Level 7 will be offered ONLY from 2019 respectively. Students registered before 2016 should follow the National Diploma: Public Relations Management (DPUBR) curriculum.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to give learners who will work as Public Relations practitioners to create and maintain beneficial relationships through in a variety of organisational contexts in a social and ethically responsible manner and using Public Relations tools and principles strategically. Learners acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and experience to solve problems in a professional communication context by working in a team and individually; Manage administration, including financial administration; Provide organisational support in a communications environment; Exercise ethical conduct, values and professionalism when dealing with clients. Qualifying learners can therefore contribute to effective organisational communication and the quality of communication in the public and private spheres.
This qualification will be presented online only.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2021 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester:

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Third level