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PG Certificate Leadership and Management

Course Description

As business environments become increasingly complex, strong leadership is ever more vital. Business leaders need to be equipped with a multi-faceted array of skills to be able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by today's uncertain business world.

Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in this area, by giving you a critical understanding of some of the contemporary theory, practice and research in this field and then challenging you to demonstrate originality in the way you lead and manage your teams and organisations.

It will be of significant value to you, whether you are already working in a leadership or management position, or seeking to take your career along that path.

Course detail

The course has a strong practical bias, so the leadership and management theories are taught in relation to the experiences of the participants on the programme. We use students' own case studies to enrich the classroom experience and encourage debate as well as drawing on the experiences of our tutors, who are all accomplished practitioners themselves.

You will develop the transferable skills that are vital to be a successful leader or manager today from creative problem solving, to understanding interpersonal dynamics at work, to leading with a strong sense of social responsibility. You will also develop valuable self-reflection skills that you can take with you, as you develop and progress as a successful leadership practitioner.


Compulsory modules:

• Leading and Managing People
• Personal Mastery in Leadership
• Principles of Change Practice
• Human Resource Management in Organisations

Students will also complete one of the two following modules:

• Principles of Change Practice
• Leading Change


We use a range of different teaching styles and activities to maximise the impact of the learning on this course, including experiential activities, group exercises, tutor-led and student-led discussions, and reflective exercises.

You will have high levels of autonomy, and be encouraged to share your own experiences and ground your learning in the realities of the workplace.

We will challenge your existing perspectives, encourage creative thinking, and develop self-reflection skills and much of the material will have direct relevance to your career and lifelong learning.


A range of assessments are used across the modules. All aim to test your ability to link the theory to current practice, and link in to your personal and professional development needs. Each assessment includes a self-reflective element, with a mix of essays, portfolio development, case study analysis and mini-presentations. You will have around six weeks to complete your assessments after the end of each module.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you may have the option of progressing onto a Diploma or Masters in Leadership and Management.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at Bristol Business School will give you the broad-based skills, confidence and insights you need to firmly position yourself as a highly effective business leader or manager.

The course is suited to those already working at this level, who wish to consolidate their learning and keep abreast of the latest thinking in leadership and management. It is also suitable for those looking to build a management level career.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the PG Certificate Leadership and Management page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (a lower second or above) from a recognised UK Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution OrAn HND or equivalent professional award (for example, at NVQ 4), plus two years of relevant work experienceOrAt least two years in a role with leadership or management responsibility.Applicants without an honours degree or equivalent formal academic qualification would require the full support of their organisation and are likely to be working as middle managers in a suitable professional area. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance.

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