PG Cert Business and Management

University of Essex Online

Program Description

PG Cert Business and Management

University of Essex Online

PG Cert Business and Management

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management offers an advanced qualification useful to graduates who wish to become effective leaders and managers. The course will develop your understanding of management practice, increase your awareness of current frameworks, theories and tools and enhance your ability to plan and implement change within the workplace.

Graduates with a non-business Bachelors degree will complete a pre-course self study pack before beginning their first Level 7 module. The reading material and tutor support provided will help you to adapt to the challenge of postgraduate business study and give you the tools to develop your skills in a new direction with confidence.

Upon commencement of the Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management course, you will undertake an induction programme prior to starting your first module which will enable you to familiarise yourself with our virtual learning platform and understand what will be expected of you during your online studies.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Certificate, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma (awarded after 120 credits) and a full Masters (awarded after 180 credits).

Course struture

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.


  • Management: Principles and Practices (20 credits)
  • Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
  • Economics for Managers (20 credits)

Teaching methods and style

Unlike a traditional university environment, our online Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management course utilises a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments.

You will be supported throughout your Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.

Methods of assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management will be based on a combination of written coursework.

You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your postgraduate course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career destinations

A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. Recent surveys show that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level and less likely to be unemployed. For some jobs, a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge.

As companies seek out the business managers with the most advanced skills to respond to changes in the economy and marketplace, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management could give you the competitive edge you need to advance to these upper level positions.

The specialist knowledge and understanding you will gain could open up rewarding careers in business management, banking, insurance, accountancy, finance, marketing, sales, retail and human resources.

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our PG Cert Business and Management programme:

1 - Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Business and Management programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent.

2 - Open Entry Route

We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.

In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Business and Management programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least 5 years’ senior level work experience.
  • English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

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Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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Open Enrollment
8 months
Part time
3,000 GBP
Start date Open Enrollment
United Kingdom UK Online
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Duration 8 months
Price 3,000 GBP