Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies

Prospective CMS/DMS members are usually required to attend an interview and will be able to negotiate credit exemptions which will be given in line with normal University procedures. They will normally be expected to hold a degree and to have other relevant experience and/or qualifications. There are usually two entry points to the CMS/DMS, in September and May

MA in Management Studies

Students who have obtained a pass in a recent Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) at Masters level, or who have 120 M-level credits, or who have a Masters in a related subject are eligible to attend the Research Methods course. Students who do not possess a DMS may be admitted under the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) system – which provides a route for students with differing educational qualifications and substantial supervisory/managerial experiences.

Months of entry

September, May

Course content

This suite of courses has been recognised by the The Chartered Management Institute, the UK's only chartered body that awards management and leadership qualifications.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
9 months


part time
9 months

Course contact details

Business School
01227 782197