Taught course

Place Management and Leadership

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from place practitioners with significant, relevant experience. We also invite applications from potential students with degree-equivalent professional qualifications. We will also consider applicants with less practical experience, who hold a relevant UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or international equivalent. International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

IPM Membership

As part of the agreement between the University and the Institute of Place Management, it is a requirement that in order to be enrolled on to this course all students must be members of IPM. Therefore if you are applying to join the programme, you must be a member of the Institute in order for your application to be accepted.

You can find out more about the Institute by visiting www.placemanagement.org

Months of entry


Course content

Learn the principles of place management and place making. You’ll look at the role of marketing and branding in town centre improvements, and develop strategic knowledge that can help bring about positive economic change. Developed in partnership with the Institute of Place Management (IPM), this part-time course will give you the practical skills to succeed.

As well as destination marketing and branding, you’ll also gain an insight into the importance of place intelligence and forecasting. You’ll refine your leadership skills as you study units on governance and learn how to build lasting and effective partnerships.

Your proven partner in place management

Manchester Met is the home of the Institute of Place Management (IPM). IPM is an internationally recognised centre, advising destinations, cities and business improvement districts (BIDs) on how to revive their locations.

You’ll learn from some of the industry’s most highly regarded professionals who will support your distance learning throughout this part-time course.

Features and Benefits

  • Internationally recognised – study a course that is developed with the Institute of Place Management, a global professional body.
  • Triple accredited - our business school holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA - placing us among the best business schools in the world.
  • Place experts – learn from internationally renowned academics and practitioners in place management, who are shaping national policy decisions.
  • A city of opportunities – Manchester is a global city and one of the fastest growing economic centres in Europe. It’s a great lab for your studies.
  • A unique course – Manchester Met is the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management
  • Valuable connections – take advantage of our extensive connections in the industry and close ties with IPM. You’ll be able to network with managers and leaders from a wide range of locations.
  • Flexible learning – the part-time, blended learning nature of this course allows you to remain in full-time employment, fitting your assignments in around work.
  • Employability – develop skills that will help you further your career in place management, or prepare for different roles in this transformative sector.Internationally recognised – study a course that is developed with the Institute of Place Management, a global professional body.

Information for international students

International students please visit our website for more information.

Fees and funding

Funding information available, please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969