The University of Wolverhampton

Diploma in Management Studies

Why choose this course?

Are you looking to develop your career in business and management? If so, we have a two-year Diploma in Management Studies programme which is specifically designed to do this.

The course will develop your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, and strategic management.

By the end of the programme you will have enhanced your knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts and principles, theoretical frameworks and applied analysis. This will be achieved through a range of learning experiences, including live case studies and visiting speakers. You will also develop key skills in problem-solving, project management and team working.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules include:

Managing Human Resources

On this module you will explore and analyse the human resource management (HRM) role in organisations, particularly the link with how people are managed at work. You will consider HRM and organisational performance as well as contemporary management issues such as leadership, people development, diversity and downsizing.

Operations Management

You will consider a broad range of operations management problems that managers face in modern business, as well as explore tools, techniques and contemporary knowledge for dealing with these issues. You will develop project management skills within an international context.

Marketing Management

This module will help you understand the importance of the organisational environment and the impact this has for analysis, planning and control in a marketing management context. You will develop the skills required in order to be an enterprising and creative marketer.

Accounting and Financial Management

You will gain the knowledge and skills to analyse and question financial information and decision-making. Through a thorough analysis of financial statements, organisational investment decisions and decision-making, you will be exposed to the essential elements of organisational finances.

Leading Transformation and Change
This module challenges managers and aspiring managers to consider the practical issues associated with effective change leadership from a range of different conceptual perspectives in order that they are better equipped to deal with these issues within the workplace.

Strategic Management
This module focuses on how to analyse, plan and implement successful strategies for organisations operating in a national or international context.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Diploma in Management Studies is nationally recognised as a management programme that enhances career prospects. You will be provided with high-quality learning support in a range of face-to-face and online environments and have access to excellent learning facilities. You will also be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress to an MBA by undertaking a dissertation project.

Career path

Successful completion of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) provides a qualification which is recognised as enhancing your career prospects in a number of operational and managerial roles across a wide range of international business sectors. The DMS may provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources, as well as further academic study such as progression to an MBA.

What skills will you gain?

The ability to

  1. Critically analyse the use of the key functional areas such of marketing, HR, finance, accounting and operations management in support of wider organisational activity.
  2. Analyse strategic perspectives regionally, nationally and internationally at organisation and sector levels.
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between the organisation and its environment and the importance and nature of organisational change and transformation.
  4. Critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels.
  5. Evaluate the role and contribution of integrative strategic and leadership approaches.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the DMS are:

· The applicant will have normally occupied a position of management responsibility for a minimum of two years within an organisation;

· A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above;

· A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicant’s undergraduate studies and/or employer;

· If English is not the applicant’s first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above is required.

· Students may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Part time £3,267

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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