Diploma in Management Studies [Taught] (Diploma of Management Studies)

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Oxstalls, Gloucester

The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is a management qualification designed for practicing managers or those aspiring to a career in management. It is applicable to all business sectors.

This course builds on the functional areas of management introduced in the Certificate of Management Studies (CMS) and therefore offers the perfect progression pathway. Similarly, it is a fantastic study option for those who have a degree and substantial management-related experience. The DMS allows you to be exempted from four modules on the full MBA programme, saving you time and money if you wish to progress you academic studies further.

The DMS focuses on the application of management at a business unit level, while developing your ability to take a cross-functional perspective in analysing business problems and decisions effectively. It gives you an integrated view of the managerial role across all organisational functions and is designed to take your business skills to a higher level and progress your career.

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Study style

Delivered in a classroom environment at the university, this course can be completed in one year on a part-time basis. Classes are run in the evenings and there are two intake points: September and February. Part-time students can get their own bespoke timetable.

This course is assessed through written assignments and portfolio-based work.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the CMS - ideally you will have a minimum of two years’ management/ supervisory experience; however, applications will be considered on an individual basis
  • If you have extensive experience across the subject range of the CMS or a first degree in business or a relevant subject, you may also be considered for direct entry to the DMS
  • If you can demonstrate that you meet the learning outcomes of any module(s), you may be awarded exemptions in the form of credits


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Diploma £2135
Non-EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Diploma £2135

We also offer a work based learning route at a cost of £2450. Please contact our enquiries team for more details.


  • Business management
  • Progression to MBA

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

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Fast-track and cost effective route to further study

The entry requirements for this programme take into account existing management knowledge and experience.  Therefore it provides fast-track access to further academic qualifications, such the MBA. It also allows you to be exempted from four modules on the full MBA programme and entitles you to a 10% discount on MBA course fees.

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Option to gain Chartered Management Institute accreditation

This course gives you the option to work towards Charted Manager Status, the highest status available in the management profession.

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Learn with a peer group

You will learn together with others from a range of industries and with a variety of professional backgrounds.  This will challenge your perspective and will encourage you to develop new ideas.  This will also give you the opportunity to establish a professional network to support you in your working life.


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