Manchester Metropolitan University

Certificate in Professional Studies

Management and Leadership

2017 entry

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

About the course

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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

Year 1

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. 

Programme Review

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.

Assessment details

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

Teaching Staff

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:

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. 

Course Enquiries

For general enquiries, entry requirements, fees, accommodation and more, please contact the course enquiries team.

Questions about the course content can be answered by the course leader, Helen Smith.

or find out more about the course leader

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

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.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.