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MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Management Studies

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. Normally the courses start in September and April each year, although this can vary depending on student numbers. 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.

When you enrol onto the CMS/DMS you'll also be enrolled as a student member of the CMI. On successful completion of the CMS stage, you'll also be eligible for the CMI Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

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: CMS/DMS

The whole course consists of six taught modules in total with students taking two modules per term. The Certificate comprises three modules as shown below. The Diploma builds on the Certificate with a further 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 1 – Certificate in Management Studies (CMS):

(60 Credits in total)

The Business Environment (20 M credits)

People in Organisations (20 M credits)

Project and Operations Management (20 M credits)

Part 2 – Diploma in Management Studies (DMS):

(120 Credits in total)

Includes the above plus three of the following:

Strategy (20 M credits)

Marketing (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 first three modules with a pass 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 4.00p. m. to 9.00 p.m.


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.

Course Outline

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.

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.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Certificate stage only



Diploma, full fee including certificate stage



MA stage only



Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Courswork, including written reports, assignments, presentations and case studies. Additionally, for the MA, a Management Research Report is required.

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.

There are usually two entry points, in September and May.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Pleast note: A curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s educational background, professional and managerial practice should also be included.

The candidates are interviewed by the Programme Director prior to being accepted onto the Programme. Students may be asked to complete a written piece of work as a basis for discussion.

For further information please contact Jake Monk (programme director).


Fact file


  • Typically 2 years part-time for complete programme.

Entry requirements

  • For entry to the CMS/DMS normally a degree and relevant experience. Entry to the MA requires successful completion of the DMS, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.
  • See also Further Entry Requirements.



Contact us

Jo Todd
Business School Administrator
T: 01227 782197

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