The focus is on personal development of the student group as managers and on the managerial techniques, knowledge and skills that are required in the working environment. Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to apply your studies to your organisation and to discuss your experiences in class to create a dynamic learning environment. As many students are already in management positions, the opportunity to share in the experience of your peer group is an invaluable part of the course.
Parts 1 and 2: Certificate in Management Studies/Diploma in Management Studies
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.
Certificate in Management Studies (CMS, 60 credits) and Diploma in Management Studies (DMS, 120 credits):
The Business Environment (20 M credits)
People in Organisations (20 M credits)
Strategy (20 M credits)
Services Management (20 M credits)
Entrepreneurship (20 M credits)
Leadership and Management of Change (20 M credits)
Students who leave the course after the completing three modules with a pass to be will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies.
Students who successfully complete the six modules will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Times of Study
The Certificate and Diploma each take two terms of part-time study. Attendance is one day a week 4.00pm to 9.00pm. Each module also has one Saturday workshop, typically from 10.00am until 4.00pm.
Before starting the course you'll attend an induction session to examine in more detail the research and writing skills needed to study at Masters Level. The induction will include such elements as library skills, IT applications, research skills and writing at Master’s level. It is also an opportunity to meet with other students on the course.
On completion of the Diploma you may progress onto the MA in Management Studies which comprises an additional taught course (Research Methods) and a Management Research Report.
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.
The MA consists of one taught module ’Research Methods’ (20 credits) and a Management Research Report module (40 Credits) of 11,000-15,000 words. This typically takes six months to complete.
Management Research Report
This will involve a detailed examination of contextual and methodological factors and result in well supported proposals for modification of existing relevant management practices. You'll be be allocated a tutor who will advise as appropriate and who will also act as an examiner of the completed report.
Following an initial session to discuss the suitability of projects that might be undertaken, students attend a Research Methods course. The successful completion of the Research Methods module is a pre-condition of further progress – this progress is therefore dependent upon the approval of the student’s full proposal of the area/topic to be investigated. Regular reports on progress are required from the student – these are built into the period of registration.
Prospective members are then registered for the MA and have nine months to complete.