Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management2021-07-13T16:24:07+00:00

Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management

Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management is a 60 credit Ofqual Qualification. The diploma provides imperative knowledge and understanding of the National Occupational Standards in Management and Leadership. This Diploma is of a high standard which and is very well recognised by a variety of prestigious UK universities and others worldwide. If students aspirate, it allows for progression to an MBA Top-Up Degree from various universities.

The qualification is not focused on any specific industry or country. Instead, it outlines the skills and knowledge that meet the needs of managers in different sectors at a domestic or international level.

Students can choose from 5 specialised pathways as below:
  • General
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Managing People
  • International

The qualification covers key areas of management such as Organisational Behaviour, Strategic Human Resource Management and Finance for Strategic Managers. It provides the option to undertake an MBA top-up at many universities in the United Kingdom or others worldwide. The qualification typically takes eight months of full-time study or 16 months of part-time study.

The majority of students opting for this programme are often International ones, giving you a unique chance to network with like-minded business people from diverse backgrounds. In this way, you can develop your cultural intelligence and build a strong network for your current or future company.

  • Progression to a more substantial qualification at the same level
    (e.g. from a Diploma to Extended Diploma(60-credits) + MBA Top-Up(60-credits))
  • Direct progression to an MBA Top-Up(120-credits) at a range of UK university
  • Employment if they are not already in employment
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Key Facts

Mode of Study
6  Months
UK / EU – £4,500
International – £5,500
Payment Plan
For 20 students
2021 Intakes
February, June, October

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Learners selecting this qualification must take at least two of the five mandatory units and two further units from either the remaining core units or from the optional units listed below.

Term 1

Strategic Planning15
Finance for Strategic Managers15
Research for Strategic Development15
Organisational Behaviour15
Personal Development for Leadership and Strategic Management15

Term 2

International Business Environment15
Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction15
International Finance15
Strategic Marketing15
Quantitative Methods15
International Marketing15
Corporate Communication Strategies15
Strategic Human Resources Management15
Managing Continuous Organisational Improvement15
International Business Environment15
Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction15
Quantitative Methods15
International Finance15
Strategic Marketing15
International Marketing15
Corporate Communication Strategies15
Strategic Human Resource Management15
Managing Continuous Organisational Improvement15
Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction15
International Business Environment15
International Marketing15
International Finance15

Entry Requirements

We accept candidates who have achieved a wide range of credentials, including any post-16 qualification in the UK. Functional, Vocational and other essential skills are recognised and taken from all around the world. Please get in touch with us to discuss the specific requirements for your country.

  • We normally require a second class honours degree (2:2) or above

  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of two years continuous workplace experience gained in a managerial or professional job following graduation

  • Applicants without an honours degree need to demonstrate relevant workplace experience.

  • Other equivalent international qualifications.

  • We normally require a second class honours degree (2:2) or above

  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of two years continuous workplace experience gained in a managerial or professional job following graduation

English Requirments

  • The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).

“The Diploma in Strategic Management is a rewarding and practical oriented programme. The programme has monthly assignments practical and driven towards testing candidates on research and modern organisations management practices in different fields.”

Sarah, Latvia
Diploma in Strategic Management


Assessment is by completing assignments and meeting assessment criteria for each of the modules. These assignments are meant to demonstrate your achievement of learning objectives. All units within this qualification are internally assessed via exams and tasks which are externally verified by the awarding organisation.

The assignments submitted by learners must achieve the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by the assessment criteria for the unit. Learners can make pass, merit or distinction grade depending on the quality of assignment and questions attempted. To achieve a merit or distinction grade, the learners must demonstrate that they have met all the criteria set for these grades.

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Download a copy of our 2020 Diploma Prospectus (PDF Document) 


Fees & Funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. It usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or tailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the students’ responsibility.

Full Time Fees£4,500 per year

For full details, please visit our fees and funding page.

Full Time Fees£5,500 per year

For full details, please contact us.


The level of competition for scholarships and educational awards is very high. We recommend that you apply for the course early if you plan to use for a related prize.

For some of our scholarships, you will need an offer to study the course to be eligible. Even where it is not a requirement, holding an offer to study can often benefit a funding application.

 Global Ambassador Scholarship
 Income Based Scholarship

Scholarships are available for candidates under the Global Ambassador Scholarship scheme. The total value awarded will be determined by your academic and professional achievements.

Applicants must provide recent financial information. We will consider any circumstances and please contact us for more information.

30 % Fee Reduction

We are proud to offer our students scholarships to support their tuition fees

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On successful completion of a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management, there are several progression opportunities. Learners may progress to:

⇒ A more significant qualification at the same level, e.g. from a Diploma to an Extended Diploma
⇒ An MBA programme and claim exemptions for some of the units completed
⇒ Work if they are not already in employment


Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Marketing communication manager

  • Advertising manager

  • Quality manager

  • Company secretary

  • Supply chain manager

  • Business development manager

  • Data analyst

  • Finance manager

  • Management consultant

  • Purchasing manager

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply conceptual learning skills in today’s business environment.

  • Analyze financial performance of an organization.

  • Evaluate organizational decisions with consideration of the political, legal and ethical aspects of business.

  • Assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the business environment.

Further Study

Some roles will require further study, whether it’s to gain membership to a professional body, further your knowledge in a specific area of business, or even branch out into a different field.

And while postgraduate study (e.g. a Master’s) and MBAs are a common choice, many business graduates will find that professional qualifications are a great way to stand out. Not only do they provide vital training and knowledge, but they’re also recognised by employers worldwide.

Popular professional bodies include:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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If you are interested in applying we encourage you to visit the School and meet with our recruitment and admissions staff. This is neither a requirement nor expectation if you are planning on applying to the programme.

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Related Programmes

At LSB, you will have the chance to study a broad range of subjects. The School offers a unique opportunity to explore business alongside other disciplines.

Extended Diploma in Business and Management ATHE Level 5

The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management is a 120-credit size qualification and is the equivalent to the 2nd year of a Bachelor’s degree. This qualification is designed to develop your understanding of management and to develop essential skills.

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Extended Diploma in Business and Management ATHE Level 6

The ATHE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Management is a 120-credit size qualification and is the equivalent size and level to the 3rd year of a Bachelor’s degree. This qualification is designed to develop your understanding of management and to develop key management skills.

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Extended Diploma in Strategic Management ATHE Level 7

Extended Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management is a 120 credit Ofqual regulated qualification. This qualification offers a flexible option for people who have already achieved awards in the management field at a lower level, as well as qualified individuals in other areas.

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How to Apply

Enrolling at London School of Business will help you study in a diverse mix of cultures, providing an opportunity to socialise and make friends from nations across the globe. Apply now, and one of our Admission Advisors will be in touch to support you through the process.

You can use the following link to apply for the programme: https://www.lsbuk.com/apply/

  • Personal details

  • Family information

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Global interests and experiences

There is no application fee.

  • Proof of your academic achievements, including official school transcripts

  • Evidence of English proficiency, i.e: TOEFL/IELTS/ Functional Skills Level 2 (if English is not your native language)

  • GMAT/SAT/ACT scores (optional)

  • One academic reference

  • A Personal Statement as an essay (400–500 words)

  • Scholarship and financial aid application included with the application form

In order to assess your eligibility for the programme, we will review your profile and your expectations from your career. This will be done via an in-person, telephonic or video conversation. In addition, we will mark your English proficiency for the course as well, and advise on further actions to be taken on your part.

Once your application and personal assessment interview are completed, you will receive an admission decision within two weeks. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, feel free to contact your Admission Advisor.

If you are accepted into the program and have decided to start your studies at London School of Business, you must confirm your place prior to confirmation deadline.

Once we confirm your student status with us, we will be sending out useful information regarding your pre-arrival, and pre-enrolment.  Not only that, we will work alongside to make sure you have a seamless arrival in the UK.

Need Help Choosing A Programme?

Choosing the right programme is an important part of your future success. Our dedicated student counsellors are happy to assist you in choosing the right programme that best suits your professional goals. Please contact us on +44 (0)20 3305 8124 or send us an email to postgraduate@lsbuk.com to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.

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