Postgraduate Certificate in Management
Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
The course is designed to promote the development of the general management skills and abilities required in a rapidly changing economic environment, both by individuals, already operating in, or those seeking to take up supervisory and managerial roles. The course will develop the skills of analysis, problem solving and proactive thinking. It will provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role.
Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker's evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students.
Studying the above programmes will give opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations' processes and practices from peers and case study analysis.
Students who successfully complete the programme become members of the professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
You will be taking three of the modules from the below list.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Analysis of the Business Environment
You will study the main features of the economic and financial environment of the firm, with the aid of common analytical tools and the development of analytical and quantitative skills relevant to managerial decision making.
Financial Analysis for Managers
In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.
Human Resource Management
You will develop the abilities to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HR specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.
Managing Operations, Information and Knowledge
This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information.
Marketing for Managers
This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It's focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking.
Managers and Organisations*
*Managers and Organisations has the weekend residential attached to the module. All students must attend, regardless of when they take the module. It will be run in November and is compulsory.
Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium – size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.
- Keith Patrick - Course Leader
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
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We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
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In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
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Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Return to Study
The returning to study programme involves one or two workshops based on return to study skills where writing (report, essay and exam technique) is covered as well as referencing and presentation skills. The student is helped to hone their academic skills and is prompted on note-taking, study and revision strategies as well as Harvard Referencing Style. There is specific guidance on navigating the university’s resources and accessing additional study skills workshops and student writing support throughout their studies.
The Residential Weekend involves all students currently on the programme. It is a country retreat involving a two night stay with intensive immersion learning during the day. Instead of being in the usual small master’s cohort students are in a large group of 100 or so students. The analysis tasks require case study and presentation preparations in groups. The groups are mixed across different cohorts to encourage students to learn from others.
Students arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner and groups are formed. On Saturday there are a series of investigative and analytical tasks culminating in a presentation on Sunday. The weekend ends after Sunday Lunch.
Residential day is a compulsory component of the module Managers & Organisation being linked to the assessment in being a series of activities to enable students to gather the necessary knowledge and understanding to complete the assessment for the module through an immersive learning experience. It is also an opportunity for students to mix with other students from across the Programme.
Modules are assessed across a range of assessments. Assessments include: presentations, reports, essays, in-class tests, exams and dissertation. Some modules have a single exam and others two pieces of coursework but most contain one coursework and one unseen exam or in-class test.
Students are introduced to the assessments by week two of the module and are furnished with the weightings, marking schemes and due dates for all assessments. The examination weeks are timetabled and students are given assessment weeks from the beginning of the semester with times and venues confirmed 6 weeks prior to the examination.
“I was a team leader when I started the training. During the course of my studies I have moved from one position of authority to another, and I am currently a commissioner. All this happened and continues to happen because of the training.”
Christiana A Solanke
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