PgD Business Administration

Course details

Online application

September, November or January (Lancaster or Carlisle)

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Move up the corporate ladder by improving your skills and knowledge in management studies! We will provide you with everything you need to analyse business problems and decisions, making keen judgements that will impress those above you. You'll advance your professional development and gain a key understanding of your values and interests, helping you progress further in your career.

Delivered at our business-focused facilities, you will learn from experienced professionals who will be happy to share their expertise. We provide a good balance of theory and practicality to provide a well-rounded look at the big issues shaping today's world of business and management, drawing on your own organisation to explore what it really means to be a strategic leader. We're here to help you reach the level you deserve to be at in your company, so take advantage of our resources and enhance your professional potential.

This course will explain the main ideas, concepts and problems in management, with seminars for further discussion and workshops for practical applications of these ideas. Your experience will be a vital contribution to your learning.

Year One

Compulsory Modules

  • UCBS7001 Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • UCBS7002 Strategic Thinking and Effecting Change 
  • UCBS7003 Finance for the Professional Manager
  • UCBS7004 People and Product
  • UCBS7005 Contemporary Issues in Business 
  • UCBS7006 Global Operations Management 

Programme Specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via non-standard entry procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Making your application

Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.

Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.

UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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This is a recognised qualification for middle managers that will leave you well-equipped for general management positions. You'll have a strong base for career development that can be achieved through the part-time MBA, requiring one further year of study.

The lecturers on this programme have been managers themselves and have a wealth of experience in academic theory and in practical application of those theories.

Tutors are highly skilled and dedicated and teach in refreshing, innovative and motivating ways. They are very supportive and understand the pressures on part-time students.