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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), is designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), is designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base.

The usual route to the DMS is via the Postgraduate Certificate in Management or through the possession of an equivalent qualification such as the Chartered Management Institute's level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, or a masters in another discipline.

On successful completion of the DMS students can proceed to MPA or MBA with accreditation of prior learning against four units. Students progressing on the Executive MPA will be eligible for a fee discount.

Modules

Management and leadership
Strategic human resource management
Enterprise and business planning
Projects and operations management

Residential weekend

A residential weekend takes place in Semester 2. It is essential for all DMS students and is focused on the development of management coaching skills.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by assignments, two per module. It is a requirement of the course to attend and contribute to the residential weekend.

As part of the ever evolving curriculum, all lecturers on the course strive to ensure that assignments are relevant and innovative, firmly linking them to the needs of you and your potential employers. As part of your studies, you'll take part in a weekend residential where you'll engage in various activities that have practical and theoretical use. As part of your learning you'll undertake an improvement project directly linked to your work. This project is guided by a lead management expert. These activities link across the entire curriculum.

Modules are assessed using two types of assessment: Formative and Summative;

Formative assessment is any process whereby we concern ourselves with the process of learning and academic progress in order to assist development and knowledge acquisition, but without conferring a formal mark.Throughout the course there are various formative mechanisms, including group-work activity, learning diaries, action learning sets and the day to day advice and support from tutors and colleagues.

Summative assessment refers to the formalised marking of work, through examinations and the assessment of assignments. Although it is ultimately the summative assessments which confer a result, we intend that the formative processes should enhance the prospects of that result, and its meaning. Present students tell us that this shared engagement with learning has added considerably to their knowledge and confidence.

Teaching and learning

You'll be supported throughout your studies and have access to lecturers for 1-2-1 meetings and guidance. There is an active use of LSBU's Virtual Learning Environment, where all lectures and seminar activities are made available, along with other support materials, such as articles and reference materials. You'll be able to discuss any concerns they have during lecture and seminar sessions and will be encouraged to seek assistance and further clarification on topics and/or assignments.

Employability

If you are not already working in a managerial role, upon completion of this course you'll have certainly increased your chances of securing such position. This course provides a broad understanding of the organisation and how it works with clearer insight into the diversity of cultures and preferences within a team. You'll also posses a greater ability to assist others in development and address performance problems with a clearer understanding of the needs of 'customers' and stakeholders.

Students have come from a vast variety of industries and both private and public sectors. These have included individuals from various managerial positions within the NHS, local government, private companies within the entertainment, finance and other industries

Academic progression

Students who successfully complete the programme become members of the professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and often progress on to a masters degree such as the MPA or the MBA

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is a management qualification designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a career in management and is applicable to all business sectors. Read more
The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is a management qualification designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a career in management and is applicable to all business sectors. It is a perfect progression pathway for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) or who have a degree and substantial management-related experience.

The programme builds on the functional areas of management introduced in the CMS and focuses on the application of management at a business unit level, whilst developing your ability to take a cross-functional perspective in order to analyse business problems and decisions effectively.
It is designed to take your business skills to a higher level and progress your career while giving you an integrated view of the managerial role across all organisational functions.
The programme represents a ‘fast-track’ route to studying for a postgraduate qualification and gives you flexibility by offering three pathways of study.

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The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is one of the longest established management qualifications in the UK and will be recognised by employers in all industries and sectors. Read more
The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is one of the longest established management qualifications in the UK and will be recognised by employers in all industries and sectors.

Management Studies is a postgraduate course specifically designed for those who have started their careers and may be working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles and in an equally wide variety of industries, sectors and professions.

The DMS aims to provide you with a rigorous and stimulating postgraduate business and management education, one that will involve you in developing alongside other experienced managers, professionals and technical specialists.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a postgraduate study room, cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Resource Service (LLRS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LLRS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This demanding two year programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in a business management context:
-Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses.
-Possess a thorough understanding of management, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, management environment, change management and business and management ethics.
-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.
-Undertake your own postgraduate study of a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your development.

A distinctive feature of the programme at the University of Central Lancashire is that you will participate in the two day Year 1 residential programme at the start of your time with us. Located in a nearby hotel, the programme will aid your induction into the DMS and will kick start the essential bonding between you and your fellow students. Developing an open and supportive culture is vital to the success of the DMS and will really ensure you get the most from the experience.

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This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace. Read more
This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace.

It provides a rounded introduction to the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in your current role whilst also providing potential for future progression in both study and career.

The course allows you to achieve a Masters level qualification in three stages, or leave and re-join after the Certificate or Diploma stages. Once you have the Diploma, all you need to achieve the MA is to complete the module in Research Skills and a management research report.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/management-studies.aspx

Course detail

The teaching hours are designed to have minimal impact on the working day and additional study is undertaken in your own time, so you can study while working, and won't need ask your employer to release you for significant amounts of time. You can, however, still benefit from regular contact with lecturers, tutors and your fellow students.

The CMS is run over two terms, and the DMS over three terms, usually between 4.00pm – 9.00pm, one day a week. The MA course runs over four terms, usually with entry points in September and May.

As the course focuses on core management skills and practice, it is relevant to both public and private enterprises, the profit and not for profit sectors and small to large organisations.

Content

-Parts 1 and 2: CMS/DMS-

The whole DMS course consists of six taught modules in total with students taking two modules per term. The Certificate comprises three modules.

The modules build a general framework related to the core management disciplines and the strategic role of management applied to daily management activity.

-Part 3: MA Management Studies-

When you obtain a pass on the existing Diploma in Management Studies you'll be eligible to proceed to the Masters in Management Studies. Additionally, prospective students who have an equivalent level qualification or who have substantial Senior Management experience may be eligible for entry to the MA via the process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). In either case, course members will normally be required to currently hold a management position.

Assessment

Courswork, including written reports, assignments, presentations and case studies. Additionally, for the MA, a Management Research Report is required of 11,000-15,000 words. This typically takes six months to complete.

What can I do next?

Many successful candidates from this course benefit from using their new found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. Other candidates have used the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Are you looking to develop your career in business and management? If so, we have a two-year Diploma in Management Studies programme which is specifically designed to do this. Read more
Are you looking to develop your career in business and management? If so, we have a two-year Diploma in Management Studies programme which is specifically designed to do this.

The course will develop your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, and strategic management.

By the end of the programme you will have enhanced your knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts and principles, theoretical frameworks and applied analysis.

This will be achieved through a range of learning experiences, including live case studies and visiting speakers.

You will also develop key skills in problem-solving, project management and team working.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules include:

Managing Human Resources
On this module you will explore and analyse the human resource management (HRM) role in organisations, particularly the link with how people are managed at work. You will consider HRM and organisational performance as well as contemporary management issues such as leadership, people development, diversity and downsizing.

Operations Management
You will consider a broad range of operations management problems that managers face in modern business, as well as explore tools, techniques and contemporary knowledge for dealing with these issues. You will develop project management skills within an international context.

Marketing Management
This module will help you understand the importance of the organisational environment and the impact this has for analysis, planning and control in a marketing management context. You will develop the skills required in order to be an enterprising and creative marketer.

Accounting and Financial Management
You will gain the knowledge and skills to analyse and question financial information and decision-making. Through a thorough analysis of financial statements, organisational investment decisions and decision-making, you will be exposed to the essential elements of organisational finances.

Leading Transformation and Change
This module challenges managers and aspiring managers to consider the practical issues associated with effective change leadership from a range of different conceptual perspectives in order that they are better equipped to deal with these issues within the workplace.

Strategic Management
This module focuses on how to analyse, plan and implement successful strategies for organisations operating in a national or international context.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Diploma in Management Studies is nationally recognised as a management programme that enhances career prospects. You will be provided with high-quality learning support in a range of face-to-face and online environments and have access to excellent learning facilities. You will also be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress to an MBA by undertaking a dissertation project.

Career path

Successful completion of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) provides a qualification which is recognised as enhancing your career prospects in a number of operational and managerial roles across a wide range of international business sectors. The DMS may provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources, as well as further academic study such as progression to an MBA.

What skills will you gain?

The ability to:
- Critically analyse the use of the key functional areas such of marketing, HR, finance, accounting and operations management in support of wider organisational activity
- Analyse strategic perspectives regionally, nationally and internationally at organisation and sector levels
- Critically evaluate the relationship between the organisation and its environment and the importance and nature of organisational change and transformation
- Critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels
- Evaluate the role and contribution of integrative strategic and leadership approaches

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Our part-time MBA is designed for those working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles. This leading qualification will provide a rigorous and challenging postgraduate business and management education, where you will develop alongside other experienced managers and business professionals. Read more
Our part-time MBA is designed for those working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles.

This leading qualification will provide a rigorous and challenging postgraduate business and management education, where you will develop alongside other experienced managers and business professionals. It is demanding three year part-time management course, which will help you develop into an effective manager or professional working in a business management context.

Those individuals who already possess a postgraduate general management diploma, such as the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), and can satisfy the general admissions criterion of ability to benefit, may be able to join the MBA in Year 3. This advanced standing facility has proved an invaluable stepping stone to those DMS holders who wish to extend their programme of studies to Masters level.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre, which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Resource Service (LLRS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LLRS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Lancashire Business School provides a stimulating environment where students are given the opportunity to enhance and develop their potential for a career in business and management. The course team for the MBA have a reputation for offering a supportive environment in which to learn while at the same time, encouraging students to challenge their ways of thinking about the concept and practice of management. Critical evaluation underpins the modules which, in turn, feeds into reflection and self-development.

OPPORTUNITIES

In year two of the programme, students work on a live consultancy project with a local organisation in order diagnose a business problem and provide appropriate solutions.

Many graduate of the MBA have progressed to senior positions in their organisation. Some have opted for a change of career and have gone on to teaching in further and higher education.

On successful completion of the MBA students can progress to the Doctor of Business administration or other doctoral level programmes.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The aim of the MBA is to;
-To provide you with a postgraduate career development general programme in business and management that will enable you to achieve learning outcomes at a level appropriate for the award of an MBA from the University
-To provide you with the opportunity to develop your critical understanding of business and management and its constituent processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
-To enable you to critically review and integrate your existing work experience with your postgraduate studies within an intensive process of management development
-To provide you with a learning experience which will enable you to enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field of business and management in a wide range of organisations.

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The Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) is an introductory management qualification designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a career in management and is applicable to all business sectors. Read more
The Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) is an introductory management qualification designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a career in management and is applicable to all business sectors.

The programme builds on your knowledge of the main functional areas of management through the development of both your personal and academic skills. It allows you to perform a constructive analysis of your own managerial experiences in the workplace
and broadens your knowledge and skills in the field of management.
It formally recognises your previous knowledge and managerial experience and enhances your professional development.
The programme also equips you with the necessary business skills to further your development if you choose to study for our Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), a further postgraduate qualification, and gives you flexibility by offering three pathways of study.

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The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised Master's degree in business administration and management. Read more

The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised Master's degree in business administration and management.

This Master's aims to develop the business leaders of the future. It approaches responsible leadership thematically from the starting points of creativity, practicality and social resourcefulness, and focuses strongly on the personal development of participants, including their career management.

The MBA focuses on the integrative disciplines of business strategy and the management of change, leading to a real-world consultancy project and an individual business research project. 

Specialist MBA awards

The Greenwich MBA can be tailored to four specialist sectors: financial services (including banking and insurance); public services (including health, local government and emergency services); social enterprise; and maritime. 

On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Financial Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Public Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Social Enterprise)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Maritime Management).

Flexible learning

Our part-time by supported open learning programme is primarily aimed at individuals who are working full-time and need to balance study with work and home commitments. 

It employs supported open learning, a flexible learning model which uses a mixture of different methods of study. It is open to home students (UK and EU), who are required to study approximately 12 hours a week over slightly under three years. 

The full-time mode of study is open to UK, EU and international students and is completed at the Greenwich Campus over a 12 month period. 

Home students wishing to undertake study leading to PGDip Management (previously called a DMS) should apply for the Executive MBA (by supported open learning) and request an exit award after 120 credits.

Rankings

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical awareness of current issues in business and systematic understanding of organisations, their place in the business world and how they are managed
  • Provide you with critical awareness of current issues in business and management that is informed by leading-edge research and practice in the field
  • Improve your ability to acquire and analyse data and information to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations
  • Develop your ability to apply relevant knowledge to a range of complex situations, taking account of how this relates to other areas of the business or organisation.

What you'll study

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Distance learning

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

For more information on the assessment, personal recognition, careers oppportunities, employability prospects and extracurricular activites available, see our website.



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This course is designed to meet the growing demands of businesses for graduates who possess rigorously developed personal, as well as business skills. Read more
This course is designed to meet the growing demands of businesses for graduates who possess rigorously developed personal, as well as business skills. It aims to produce graduates who are ready for employment in a management role.

About the course

The course is open to graduates of any academic discipline, and also to non-graduates who have appropriate work experience and hold a sub-degree or professional qualification.

Modules cover the basics of marketing, project management, accounting, and people management, amongst other key areas. This breadth gives you highly transferable skills, relevant to most work environments, which will enable you to become an effective employee or a future entrepreneur.

Why choose this course?

-Work in a Business School with a rich academic culture, taught by staff from a range of management professions
-Enjoy a supportive, engaging and diverse environment
-Gain a broad qualification that can prepare you for a diverse range of careers
-Flexible part-time study options allow you to fit the course around your existing commitments

Who should choose this course?

If you are a new graduate looking for a broad management qualificationOr you already have significant work experience (min. five years) but do not have a formal qualificationYou want to study part-time in a flexible way that suits your needs.

Careers

The breadth of this course means that graduates are in an excellent position to succeed in any chosen sector or industry.

You will develop a sound understanding of business/organisational contexts and issues, enabling you to make an early and significant contribution to your current or future employers.

Skills developed

Problem solving skills are explored, developed and enhanced across the programme, and you will have the opportunity to be a creative, imaginative and independent learner from the start – essential in the modern business world.

The programme also aims to strengthen your critical thinking and communication skills. This enables you to become more creative and innovative, and able to identify, analyse and manage business issues and problems to produce viable solutions and/or recommendations.

Our emphasis on the course is to prepare you for a career in business and management where knowledge of a range of disciplines (business functions) is imperative. In addition the range of professional, individual, and transferable skills necessary for a successful career in management form a key component of the programme and its design.

The MSc Management offers students an academically rigorous experience, providing you with knowledge of a wide range of business functions essential for future career success. However, the course also has a strong practical orientation designed to develop your personal and management skills.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

There are 8 taught modules and a dissertation.

Structure

Modules
-Competing Through Marketing B
-Managing Information
-Research Skills for Management
-The Management Environment

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The MA Management Advanced Standing is for students who have already achieved a Diploma in Management a target award and wish to obtain a Masters in Management qualification. Read more
The MA Management Advanced Standing is for students who have already achieved a Diploma in Management a target award and wish to obtain a Masters in Management qualification.

This Programme reflects the shift from an operational perspective to the strategic and applied perspectives on management. It consists of three modules: Business Research Methods, Strategic Management and the MAM Project; which are studied part-time over one year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
-Business Research Methods
-Strategic Management
-Project

Associated Careers

Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.

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