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MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Management Studies

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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.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

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 Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) is run over two terms, and the Diploma in Management Studies (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.

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.

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.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time £2,940 (PG CMS)
£5,330 (PG DMS)
£3,200 (MA stage top up)

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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 The Business School.


Tel: 01227 782197

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • Typically 2 years part-time for complete programme.

Entry requirements

  • For entry to the Certificate in Management Studies/Diploma in Management Studies normally a degree at 2.2 or above and relevant experience. Entry to the MA requires successful completion of the Diploma in Management Studies, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.
  • See also Further Entry Requirements.



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