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Management Studies MA / PgDip / PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Management Studies / Science

Course type


Course Summary

The course 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. This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace.

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 organization 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. 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. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards in this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Leadership and Management of Change (20 Credits) - Core
Services Management (20 Credits) - Core
Management Research Report module (40 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core
People in Organisations (20 Credits) - Core
Entrepreneurship (20 Credits) - Core
The Business Environment (20 Credits) - Core
Strategy (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

PG CERT: £2,940 / PGDIP: £5,330 / MA Stage Top Up £3,200

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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. 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. 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.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more