Management Studies (DMS) PGDip

Management Studies (DMS) PGDip

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Two years

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Please note: this course has been suspended for 2020 entry. 

The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is one of the longest established management qualifications in the UK and will be recognised by employers in all industries and sectors. Management Studies is a postgraduate course specifically designed for those who have started their careers and may be working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles and in an equally wide variety of industries, sectors and professions.

The DMS aims to provide you with a rigorous and stimulating postgraduate business and management education, one that will involve you in developing alongside other experienced managers, professionals and technical specialists.

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Entry Requirements

For entry onto the DMS, one of the following is required:

  • A recognised UK first degree or its equivalent
  • A BTEC, HND or HNC
  • NVQ Level 4
  • An equivalent professional qualification
  • Business, managerial, professional or technical experience deemed to be appropriate for this programme of study

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

During Years 1 and 2 you will be able to gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of Business Management.

  • Management and Organizations
  • Management Environment
  • Contemporary Marketing in Organizations
  • Data Analytics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management

Year 2

  • Management Learning and Research
  • Operations Management
  • Management Consultancy Project
  • Advanced Strategic Management

Further Information

This demanding two year programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in a business management context:

  • Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of management, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, management environment, change management and business and management ethics.
  • Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.
  • Undertake your own postgraduate study of a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your development. 

A distinctive feature of the programme at the University of Central Lancashire is that you will participate in the two day Year 1 residential programme at the start of your time with us. Located in a nearby hotel, the programme will aid your induction into the DMS and will kick start the essential bonding between you and your fellow students. Developing an open and supportive culture is vital to the success of the DMS and will really ensure you get the most from the experience.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a postgraduate study room, cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Resource Service (LLRS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LLRS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.