Advanced Diploma

The Advanced Diploma of Proficiency in Internal Communication is a level 6 higher education qualification which is academically accredited by Solent University, resulting in students receiving a dual award from Solent and the IoIC.

The programme is best suited for professionals who:
  • Have mastered the basics of internal communication and are looking to progress their career through demonstrating mastery of the full range of tactical and planning skills
  • Have gained a large amount of internal communication experience and are now looking to underpin their work with best practice theory
  • Are keen to demonstrate their commitment to their internal communication career and professional development 

Upon successful completion, students will be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Proficiency from IoIC, academically accredited by Solent University, and will automatically be upgraded to Member status (MIIC). Once Members have completed an addditional year of experience, they can apply to be upgraded to Certified Member status, indicating significant levels of experience.


Entry Requirements

Holders of the Foundation Diploma are automatically qualified to enrol on the Advanced Diploma. If you are not a holder of the Foundation Diploma, you will have to go through a pre-entry assessment and a telephone interview to demonstrate that you have the equivalent skills and experience. You will need to have membership of IoIC.

What's involved?

  • Induction day: This is where the standards required to attain the qualification are fully explained and you will meet the other members of your cohort. 
  • Group project: This is an opportunity to research a genuine communication issue over the course of the diploma and jointly produce a report. A facilitator assigned by IoIC will provide guidance to the cohort throughout the project.
  • Professional development portfolio: You will work closely with the diploma facilitator to create a higly targeted development plan and will use this to build a portfolio to demonstrate how you have achieved your individual goals. Your plan and portfolio will be mapped on to the Advanced Diploma knowledge and skills checklist, informed by the IoIC profession map and competency framework.
  • Final interview: You will sit a 45 minute interview with our professional development panel. 

Where can I study?

Students are required to attend an induction day and final interview day, held in Central London. In between these sessions, students will have the opportunity to attend IoIC training courses free of charge, all of which are face to face. Your fellow students might want to meet face to face during the qualification to work on the group project, however, this is not a mandatory element. Students will have access to the IoIC's online learning environment where they will find key resources and be able to engage in online group discussions.  

How long does it take?

The diploma takes around 7 months from induction day to final interview. It is recommended that students spend around 10 hours per week on independent research and study, although the majority of this will be done in the workplace.

What have other people said about the Advanced Diploma?

'It's a great way to start thinking about the rational and analytical side of comms' - Clare Elevique, Kier Group Ltd

'It has given me new insights into the role IC can play in an organisation. It's helped me to reflect on my own skills and development areas and given me access to some really useful material' - John Stasi, Department for International Trade

'The diploma offered a great opportunity to work with other communication professionals, gaining a wider understanding of how IC works' - Bernice Allport, Environment Agency


When can I start?

There are two intakes of the Advanced Diploma per year and both kick off with an induction day held in Central London. Upcoming induction days will be held on: 

  • Thursday 30 January 2020


The Advanced Diploma costs £2,240 + VAT and you must be a member of IoIC to undertake the qualification. The fee is reduced to £1,440 + VAT for members who have successfully completed the Foundation Diploma. To find out more complete the enquiry form below or email [email protected]

• Please note: Anyone taking the programme agrees to abide by the rulings of the Institute.

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