This course starts in October 2017.
Designed to build on the practical knowledge and skills you have developed through your experience of management, this dual award is ideal for managers wishing to demonstrate that they not only understand theory, but how it can be put into practice.
This programme is for people who have may not have had any formal education for some time, or they may be looking for a stepping stone to other courses or they require practical leadership and management skills they can return to work and apply immediately.
Through this programme, you explore the latest techniques, skills and thinking appropriate to modern management and leadership practice. By completing this programme, you will receive not only a University Certificate but also a Diploma in Leadership awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
You can complete this course in six months and then have the opportunity to progress onto a postgraduate Master’s programme.
Download a course brochure
If you are working in management or aspiring to become a manager, download the general course brochure here.
Work in education?
We also offer a tailored version of this course aimed at those working in the education sector, delivered jointly with our Faculty of Education.
For those working in the education sector, you can download a more tailored course brochure here.
Part-time: 13 days over a period of 6 months, beginning in October or February.
This course is part-time, taught over 13 days in a period of 6 months. Teaching takes place one day per week, in six-week blocks.
Please click here to view a typical timetable for the course.
The course begins with an induction lasting one day, followed by one day per week of teaching for six consecutive weeks, which leads up to the first assignment. You will then have six further weeks to complete your first assignment, before returning to taught lessons of one day per week for another six consecutive weeks. You will then have another six weeks off to complete your second assignment before completion of the Certificate.
On completion, you then have the opportunity to join a postgraduate Master’s programme.
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,460 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £4,634 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £300
The award-winning Business School at our All Saints Campus, Manchester
Features and benefits of the course
The Certificate in Professional Studies in Management and Leadership has a number of benefits:
From a personal development perspective
- For those who have not had the benefit of higher education, it provides a challenging but supportive environment to further enhance critical thinking and reflective skills.
- On completion of this course, you will receive not only a Certificate in Professional Studies, but also a qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). A Diploma in Management at Level 6.
- You will gain a detailed understanding of effective management, leadership and project management practice in organisations.
From an educational perspective
- It will provide you with the skills and techniques in critical thinking and problem solving to enable you to progress in both your professional career and in higher education.
- It provides direct access to a range of Masters programmes as well as onto our MBA.
- This programme is taught at the Business School by professionally qualified staff with relevant academic and workplace experience through a range of interactive workshops and project-based assignments.
From a business/organisational improvement perspective
- One assignment involves the development of a Business/Organisational Improvement Project - this project will be based on the student’s current organisation where possible, and will be supported by senior academics and practitioners at the University.
- The assignment will apply the leadership, project management, financial analysis and operational management knowledge gathered both on the course and in the workplace for the benefit of both the Individual and the organisation.
From an organisational perspective
The business/organisational improvement project identifies and analyses a part of the organisation, which would benefit from a project improvement programme. As part of the process, a Project Plan is developed and agreed with the University and the organisation. This plan will relate to the scope, depth, academic rigour and demonstrate benefit to the organisation.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
We hold Approved Centre status with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Completing this programme allow you to gain an additional award from the ILM.
We are a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places us among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation and means your degree is internationally recognised.
About the course
Download the full course brochure by clicking here.
This Pre-Masters, dual award Certificate in Professional Studies is a pathway onto the University’s extensive Masters and MBA programmes, and also a formal recognition for personal and professional development in the workplace.
It provides both an academic and professional award for those who have significant work experience, but no formal university education. Underpinned with the latest techniques in management, leadership and project management practice, the Certificate is designed to build on your previous work experience and lead to improved business performance and personal development.
By completing this programme, you will receive a Certificate in Professional Studies from Manchester Met, and a Diploma in Management, awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
This programme is taught at the Business School through a range of workshops and project-based assignments by professionally qualified staff with relevant academic and workplace experience.
Meet the course leader:
Helen Smith | Senior Lecturer
Helen’s leadership and coaching career began within the Pharmaceutical sector managing at team of 23 staff. This team was ranked 49/50 when Helen was appointed their leader, but within one year, they became the number one team in the UK. Helen joined Manchester Met in 2015 after fifteen years of advising and working with multiple organisations as a consultant, for them to achieve number one status too.
Typical units of study may include
The programme consists of two core units that are assessed through work-based projects:
Personal Development as a Leader and Project Manager
In this unit, you will learn about the different ways that people learn and you will identify techniques that will help you become a more effective learner. You will also explore the role of the leader and the nature of leadership, evaluating your own approach to leadership and consider the implications of this for future practice.
You will also learn how to think critically about leadership theories, concepts and techniques, asses your own leadership in terms of your achievements of team and organisational goals.
You will also reflect on how you lead people to develop appropriate responses to differing situations and how you extend their capacity, individual skills and competencies so that you manage projects effectively.
The Business/Organisational Improvement Project
This unit looks at the different ways an organisation can be structured and operated for optimal productivity, applying the principles of effective research, marketing and analysis to determine customer expectation and needs.
You will identify your organisation’s values and objectives and relate to how these affect your own planning and contribute to internal development.
You will look at marketing as a management process, exploring how you identify and predict the needs of current and future stakeholders and learn how to write a marketing plan.
Organisations’ quality assurance and quality management practices are explored and you will analyse complex organisational situations, presenting appropriate solutions to these issues.
You will also learn about financial management and information systems within business, analysing and interpreting financial statements, sourcing, presenting and utilising financial data for strategic and operational planning. You will also undertake a cost benefit analysis to contribute to your business/operational improvement project.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
There are no examinations - this programme is assessed wholly through assignments. A continuous learning log and a range of work-based projects make up the assessment of this course. Supporting a developmental learning approach whereby you are encouraged to:
- take your learning into the workplace to benefit your individual learning and organisation
- apply and test new learning techniques
- reflect upon the outcomes of your learning to make further improvements
- add value to your organisation by identifying an organisational/business improvement project
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city for business
Manchester has long been regarded as a centre for international trade and investment. A city that was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution which shaped the modern world as we know it today, where the first industrial park was created to the city’s current status as the largest financial and professional centre outside of London, Manchester attracts major global businesses from around the world.
Manchester’s entrepreneurial spirit and enterprising culture has meant that some of the best business brains have been nurtured here. The skilled, multi-talented and multi-cultural workforce has attracted global players, with over 2,000 foreign owned companies located here. Key companies include Google, the BBC, BNY Mellon, Co-operative Banking Group, RBS, Brother and Aegis Group to name a few. The city’s business landscape is a melting pot of global brands, innovative start-ups, entire industry supply chains and established companies collaborating, creating and doing business on the world stage.
Manchester has particular strengths in key sectors including banking, financial and professional services, ICT, digital and creative media, healthcare and biotech, advanced manufacturing, logistics, energy and environmental technologies. All of these industries operate in international markets and are sustained with a thriving knowledge economy – we are one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and undoubtedly the most popular city for students in the UK.
Manchester International Airport connects to over 200 destinations worldwide and additionally includes a world freight and cargo centre and Airport City, a purpose built business destination for international corporations that serve the globe.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The university’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our 2,300 academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
We are home to one of the largest Business Schools in the UK and all of our business Masters students benefit from an outstanding teaching and learning experience. Our Masters programmes have been underpinned with impactful research from the Faculty’s Centre for Business and Society.
This course is taught at the Business School by an international team of research-active specialists and your learning is informed by our research activities from our Centre for International Business and Innovation.
Our award-winning Business School is an iconic feature on the Manchester cityscape. Opened in 2012, the £75million building was purposefully built to create an inspiring and professional environment and has won many architectural and sustainability awards.
The building spans seven floors and includes a dedicated postgraduate suite on the top floor of the building, providing state-of-the-art facilities including Harvard-style seminar rooms and lecture theatre, study and social spaces and laptop counters throughout.
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Business and Law has a full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services, including a dedicated international student support officer who can assist international students with advice, pastoral care and any issues you may encounter during your time here. A full range Careers and Employability Hub is also on the ground floor of the building, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Students' Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home, the Business School, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That’s why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Campus accommodation is available for postgraduate students. There are also a number of nearby districts and suburbs popular with students.
Typical entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course in terms of qualifications. Applicants should have extensive work place experience and at least 2-3 years in a managerial, supervisory, team leader or a deputising role.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
You can apply for full and part-time taught courses by completing the Postgraduate Application Form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectuswill give you more information in these cases.
Please note, to apply for this course, you only need to submit one reference. While the application form does ask for two, providing one reference (preferably from an academic institution or an employer), will allow your application to be processed.
Career options after the course
Graduates of this course will gain a detailed understanding of effective management, leadership and project management practice, allowing them to apply for management-level positions or pursue a promotion in their existing role.
Successful students will be eligible to progress onto one of the Business School’s Masters courses, which include MSc Management, MSc Leadership and MSc Project Management or our MBA programmes, which offer MBA qualifications in digital management, financial services or strategic health and social care.
On completion of the course, you will receive a University Certificate and a Diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the professional body for practicing leaders and managers in the UK. This professional qualification will help with your career progression in a management function, greatly enhancing your CV and showing potential employers you are actively engaged in continuing your professional development.
Dedicated careers support
The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.
You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships.
Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.
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