The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management is designed to meet the needs of business/non-business graduates, who wish to progress their studies and to position themselves strategically in the world of business. It is also designed for senior/middle managers to support them in the running of their businesses and to facilitate their progression to higher levels within their organisation. Managers need to be aware of issues, able to analyse their potential outcomes and consequences and decide how to react. They do not have to be experts in all areas of business but they need to possess a general awareness of what specialist facilities and services exist, and how they can assist in carrying out that role. The programme includes contemporary topics reflecting key issues within the 21st-century business environment, as well as the latest developments in management research. The qualification consists of the following five (5) units
- Change Management and Strategic Leadership
- Marketing Management in Practice
- Strategic Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Strategic Resource Management in Organisations
- Higher National Diploma (HND)/Honours degree at a minimum of lower second class (2:2), or an equivalent qualification
- A minimum of 5 years’ managerial work experience in Business Managerial roles and evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level
- Applicants for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6 or above.
TEACHING, LEARNING, ASSESSMENTS
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management is designed for learners who have gained a considerable degree of subject knowledge and proficiency from undergraduate studies, experience within the workplace, or both. The approach to study is essentially one of critique and evaluation: using the results of current and recent research and case studies to analyse, evaluate and appraise established methods, practices or techniques. Teaching input is provided via a wide range of approaches including lectures and seminars (online ), video and case studies. Particular emphasis is placed on team approaches and the setting of work-based tasks at a strategic level. Learning strategies include syndicate work, group presentations, working with local business organisations, and self-managed learning. Assessments have a strong practical and professional orientation and enable learners to develop a range of practical management skills relevant to senior roles in their organisation. Work-based assignments are used where relevant and practical in order to help participants:
- Relate their learning to their work environment
- Increase their knowledge of that environment
- Raise their profile and ensure that their sponsor gains immediate practical benefit
- Access increased employability/progression opportunities.