Management Studies PgCert/PgDip

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Study employer-led modules. Focus on your personal development in key areas of management and leadership. Progress onto an MBA.

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The Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies has been developed to provide you with a critical understanding of strategic management and provide a pathway to achievement of an MBA. Study at your own pace and choose the full-time or part-time route.

You will study essential functional business elements and you will develop an understanding of the cross-functional nature of organisations and the collaborative nature of organisational decision making.

Why us?

  • Modules have been developed in consultation with employers and focus on personal development of the key managerial and leadership competencies demanded in today’s business environment

  • The course provides a pathway to the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) should you wish to take this route

Course structure

You will develop key competencies in management through a varied programme of lectures and applied learning through seminars, workshops and corporate engagement.

Your progress will be assessed through a range of methods which include individual and group assignments, business reports, presentations, case study analysis, portfolios of work, time-constrained activities and project work

As you will study modules offered on the first two stages of the MBA course, the Certificate and Diploma qualifications provide a pathway to the MBA, should you wish to progress and achieve the Masters in Business Administration following completion of the Diploma level.

To acheive the Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies, you will study 60 credits.

To acheive the Postgraduate Diploma Management Studies, you will study 120 credits.

Achievement of the MBA is 180 credits. This will culminate in a major piece of independent work such as a work-based project or dissertation.

All modules are at postgraduate level (level 7 in the UK’s national scheme).

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

  • Financial Management and Control (15 credits)

The module introduces you to the role of accounting in the preparation of strategic plans and measuring and comparing financial performance. Using knowledge of an entity’s cost in operational and strategic management, the module incorporates key accounting concepts such as cost management and analysis, costing methods and control,strategic planning, decision-taking and budgeting, budgetary preparation and financial control, appraising investment opportunities, business financing decisions and the role of working capital in providing finance for the business.

  • Strategic Management in an International Context (15 credits)

The module establishes the ‘holistic’ nature of corporate strategy and how this affects organisational decision-making processes. You will develop an appreciation of business and management within a global setting. Analysis and understanding of the various stakeholders and their complex relationships are considered as part of the management of multinational organisations. You will examine the design of strategic management processes and how strategic decisions affect the functioning of the organisation. Within the context of setting a global strategy, you will understand the importance of international trade for survival and growth of a firm and economic well-being of a country. You will focus on a number of key related issues including benefits to be gained by firms and the country from engaging in free trading arrangements, free trading areas, innovation and exporting, custom unions and single currency. You will also review international payment mechanisms and techniques of risk management for international transactions.  

  • Professional Management and Leadership Development (Business Game) (30 credits)

This module will provide you with exposure to a range of leadership and management styles and practice. The module aligns with CMI learning outcomes in your achievement of the Level 7 Diploma Strategic Management and Leadership. A key feature of this module is the simulation business game which allows for ‘theory to practice’ in simulated case studies considering organisational change, human resource development and planning (local and global), international strategy; marketing strategy, research & development, product innovation, CSR corporate governance and sustainability. You will examine management and leadership contexts together with their own leadership behaviours, motivations and leadership styles.

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

You will study the same modules as the Postgraduate Certificate plus:

  • Value Creation in Organisations - Operations and Marketing Management (30 credits)

This module is designed to develop a critical understanding of how organisations co-create value for customers through the integration of core aspects of operations and strategic marketing management. The module recognises value creation as a primary aim of organisations. Whether new entrepreneurial start-ups or established companies, value needs to be created at every stage of the transformation process; from initial ideas for products and services through to diffusion into relevant markets. Throughout, there is a breadth of understanding and appreciation of how organisations and the market work from ‘end to end’. Focus is provided on approaches and application of frameworks, embedding the required value in product and service offerings through integration across these key functions.

You will examine current challenges presented in today’s volatile competitive environment; value creation and innovation, the importance of co-productive relationships and appreciation of the myriad of channels through which customers experience and interact with firms. You will develop a critical awareness of the importance of the role of value creation within a range of organisational settings.

  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (30 credits)

The module covers theories and concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship, including ‘business start-ups’ and technology transfer as core business processes.

You will examine key related themes such as development and implementation of a technology strategy, exploitation of global innovation, IP implementation, knowledge transfer, innovation inspiration, building the innovation organisation, managing innovation incubators, sources of innovation, entrepreneurship and innovation networks.

You will also study key complementary topics such as decision making under uncertainty, creating and managing new products and services, exploring open and closed innovation, collaboration and the appreciation of business failure factors.

MSc (180 credits)

You will study the same modules as the Postgraduate Diploma plus:

  • MBA Dissertation (60 credits)
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You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre. 

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Please contact us to ensure that your qualifications and experience meet the entry requirements.

The Postgraduate Certificate can be studied over 7 months part-time or 4 months full-time.

The Postgraduate Diploma can be studied over 16 months part-time or 7 months full-time.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is tbc.


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