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PGDip Business and Management

Discover the fundamentals of the business environment and strategic and operations management on a Postgraduate Diploma that enables non-business graduates to develop their leadership style and deliver key business objectives.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-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 Diploma 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. Through expert insight into people management, organisational research and business operational management, the programme will enable you to refine your management style in preparation for leading innovative and future-thinking organisations. There is also the opportunity for further specialism in areas such as international finance, brand management, entrepreneurship or human resources. 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 a comprehensive management toolkit that will significantly enhance your employability 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.

      Gaining an insight into leading, managing and developing people, you will explore the future of working in a digital society, analyse strategic management techniques, receive a grounding in research methodologies and techniques, and examine how effective operations and project management can add value to the customer experience.

      Optional modules provide the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of the global financial markets, strategic brand management, entrepreneurship and innovation, or human resources.

      How will I study?

      You will study the Postgraduate Diploma across the autumn and spring semesters in one academic year as a full-time student or two academic years as a part-time student.

      The programme will be delivered 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 nine hours per week for full-time students. 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:

      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%.

      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%.

      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%.

      BUS4522Organisational Research (20 credits)

      Organisational Research develops your skills and awareness of research methodologies and techniques that are specifically appropriate for undertaking, analysing and writing-up academic research in the form of a dissertation or practitioner/consultancy research. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methodologies and develop the necessary conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical skills necessary for management studies research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      BUS4042Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources (20 credits)

      Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources centres on how human resources, as a source of organisational competitive advantage, has been widely accepted as an organisational strategy aimed at increasing organisational growth and efficiency. Within such ‘hard’ approaches, people can be considered more as an organisational asset comparable to other technological artefacts which contribute and interact to deliver efficiency and competitive advantage. Drawing on labour process theory and socio-technical systems approaches, the module will critically evaluate how the interaction between employees, management and technical systems interact in contemporary organisations.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      BUS4030International Finance and Investment (20 credits)

      International Finance and Investment equips you with a range of analytical skills and knowledge around recent global financial issues and crises, as well as making investment decisions in global financial markets. The module examines the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis and highlights both theoretical and empirical developments in the determination of foreign exchange rates. You will also assess monetary unions in Europe, and potentially elsewhere, and discuss the issues relevant to making investment decisions in a global context.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      BUS4033Strategic Brand Management (20 credits)

      Strategic Brand Management considers the central role of branding for today’s marketers, with particular emphasis on creating and managing brands in order to build customer value and brand equity, including the role of branding as part of an organisation’s marketing strategy. You will engage with a range of critical debates surrounding the concepts, theories and role of branding from both customer and organisational perspectives.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      BUS4041The Innovation Process: Creation to Implementation (20 credits)

      The Innovation Process: Creation to Implementation ponders the process for turning a really good idea into a product or service and reflects on how to judge if a creation is ‘innovative’. Innovation involves the development and release of a new product/service, or the repackaging of an existing one, to provide competitive advantage or even create new markets. The module explores the difference between an idea, an invention and an innovation. It will provide you with a case-led understanding of the process in action from creation to implementation. Moreover, it provides you with a number of tools and techniques to critically evaluate success.

      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 Diploma 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 taught Masters degree or Masters by Research (MRes) award.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £4,680 for UK students and £9,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £780 per 20 credit module.

      120 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Diploma.

      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.

      Scheduled maintenance is due to take place on our online application system on Saturday 21 May 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

      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 compulsory 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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