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PGCert Business and Management

Discover the fundamentals of the business environment and strategic management on a Postgraduate Certificate that enables non-business graduates to gain key business and management skills.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
      Start Dates: October 2022, October 2023
      Subjects: Business and Management
      Location: Edge Hill University

      If you are a graduate in a subject other than business and management, this Postgraduate Certificate enables you to complement the subject skills from your first degree with the core business, management and leadership skills required by organisations in the 21st century. You will gain business environment analysis skills to support the development of strategic plans, enhance business decision making and deliver results in line with key objectives. There is also the opportunity to specialise in people management or business operational management. The programme will enable you to investigate key business and management theories and prepare you to lead innovative and future-thinking organisations. You will gain national and international business environment awareness, strategic analysis and development skills, project management and leadership skills, and the capacity for critical decision-making. Whether you wish to embark on a career as a business-aware manager in the subject area of your first degree, or choose an alternative vocation, you will graduate with an impressive transferable skillset and an enhanced management toolkit that will make you highly employable across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the business environment and the conditions that influence organisational behaviours. You will also develop expertise in strategic management techniques, from internal auditing and marketing strategies to product development and corporate governance.

      Optional modules provide the opportunity to gain an insight into leading, managing and developing people in the context of a digital society, or examine how effective operations and project management can add value to the customer experience.

      How will I study?

      The programme will be delivered across the autumn and spring semesters using a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, alongside extensive online activities and guided independent study.

      Face-to-face classes will typically take place in three-hour blocks in the afternoon and/or evening for three or six hours per week. You will be encouraged to apply your theoretical learning to real-life organisations.

      How will I be assessed?

      The programme combines several different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based tasks. Case studies and problem-solving exercises are used, requiring the completion of a variety of written tasks, reports and project work.

      Who will be teaching me?

      Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

      All our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The degree is delivered by specialists in economics, marketing, human resource management, e-commerce and small and medium sized enterprises, among others. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject areas.


      A stunning £8m building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

      The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      BUS4045Fundamentals of the Business Environment (20 credits)

      Fundamentals of the Business Environment takes a critical and evaluative review of the environmental scanning process. The business environment contains a complex pattern of factors and conditions that influence organisational behaviours. Organisations must not only respond to external environmental changes but must also be able to influence and determine their own business environment. This module provides you with a strong grounding in the external business environment, encouraging you to integrate theoretical perspectives with your own understanding and experiences of organisations.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      BUS4048International Strategic Management (20 credits)

      International Strategic Management focuses on the analysis, application and implementation of strategic management theories and concepts across a range of organisations, competitive environments and different industries. Examining the internal controls and mechanisms that can influence the successful generation, implementation and execution of an organisation’s strategic plan, the module will develop your knowledge of strategic management and enable you to demonstrate and apply integrated strategies such as internal auditing, market penetration, marketing development, product development and corporate governance. This theoretical application of strategic management tools and techniques will enable you to critically analyse an organisation’s internal environment to enhance its competitive position and future strategic direction. You will develop the skills and techniques required to strategically re-engineer an organisation’s internal dynamic, with the vision to capitalise upon ever-changing business environments.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      BUS4047Creating and Managing the Global Value Chain (20 credits)

      Creating and Managing the Global Value Chain explores the frameworks and key thinking associated with operations and project management, particularly from a marketing perspective. The module is based upon the premise that, in order to be effective, organisations must design their processes to meet and exceed customer expectations. Adopting a marketing perspective, the module seeks to understand how the production of goods and services are influenced by the customer experience, and how failing to align operations with customer needs results in failure. You will explore the emerging complexity of managing operations that are capable of adding distinct value to the customer experience. Investigating why operations management is of strategic importance in designing and producing new goods and services, you will also consider project management frameworks as a critical tool in effectively managing the delivery of innovation.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      BUS4046Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)

      Leading, Managing and Developing People recognises that, in the new digital society, effective leadership and human resource management are fundamental to any contemporary organisation adapting to technological disruption and economic uncertainty. The present economic and social context in which organisations operate will transform tasks, jobs and skills to the extent that long-standing jobs may be eliminated and replaced by jobs-for-tomorrow. According to the World Economic Forum report (2020), it is estimated that there will be a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines and an increase in the level of work process digitisation, including the expansion of remote working practices. This new context of work raises the need to reskill or upskill existing workers, while other issues such as labour productivity and employee wellbeing also require consideration. By focusing on effective leadership and human resource management, this module will enhance your knowledge and understanding of leading, managing and developing people to help them adapt to change and the future of work in the new digital society.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a subject other than business and management.

      You may also be able to join the programme without a degree, subject to an interview, if you have appropriate professional qualifications or experience.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Commercial, third sector and public-sector management require professionals with in-depth knowledge of their subject area and leadership and management skills.

      A Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management could be a crucial step towards a career in areas such as general management, organisational development or consultancy.

      The programme will build on the skills acquired from your first degree and provide you with the opportunity to prepare for a career in management, either in the subject area of your first degree or an alternative business sector.

      You will also graduate with the potential to progress towards further professional or academic study, such as a Postgraduate Diploma, taught Masters degree or Masters by Research (MRes) award.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are £2,340 for UK students and £4,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      16th June 2021 - Change of Module Title

      Change of title for optional module BUS4047 Marketing, Operations and Project Management. It is now titled Creating and Managing the Global Value Chain.

      Covid-19 - Business and Management Essential Information

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