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Postgraduate Certificate

Leadership and Management

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2018 intake. Applications for 2019 entry can be made from September 2018.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
One year
Block Release; Part-Time
Programme leader:
Dr Harriet Shortt
Key fact:
With a strong emphasis placed on using students' own work experiences, this course enables each participant to draw their own unique meaning and relevance from the content, and then apply it in a powerful way to their future career as a leader or manager.

Page last updated 23 March 2018


As business environments become increasingly complex, strong leadership is ever more vital. Business leaders need to be equipped with a multi-faceted array of skills to be able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by today's uncertain business world.

Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in this area, by giving you a critical understanding of some of the contemporary theory, practice and research in this field and then challenging you to demonstrate originality in the way you lead and manage your teams and organisations.

It will be of significant value to you, whether you are already working in a leadership or management position, or seeking to take your career along that path.

Learning from, and through, experience

The course has a strong practical bias, so the leadership and management theories are taught in relation to the experiences of the participants on the programme. We use students' own case studies to enrich the classroom experience and encourage debate as well as drawing on the experiences of our tutors, who are all accomplished practitioners themselves.  

The skills to lead and succeed

You will develop the transferable skills that are vital to be a successful leader or manager today from creative problem solving, to understanding interpersonal dynamics at work, to leading with a strong sense of social responsibility. You will also develop valuable self-reflection skills that you can take with you, as you develop and progress as a successful leadership practitioner.

Flexible learning options

We offer two different options as Postgraduate Certificates in Leadership and Management: this course, which focuses on your leadership and managerial development in general, and Postgarduate Certificate Leadership and Management (Coaching and Mentoring), where we include a focus on coaching and mentoring.



The course consists of the following four compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

  • Leading and Managing People develops your understanding of, and skills, in leading and managing individuals and teams. We will explore the core concepts of leadership, as well as tools and techniques for performance management.
  • Personal Mastery in Leadership helps you develop critical self-knowledge with the help of theory and practice of self-leadership. You will consider how personal characteristics such as resilience, courage, personal integrity, consistency and self-awareness are all critical in supporting your own development and that of others.
  • Principles of Change Practice explores the concepts of change practice and implementation, focusing in particular on resistance to change in complex organisations and how to overcome this.
  • Human Resource Management in Organisations enables you to locate the HRM role within a broader organisational strategy, and discuss approaches for performance management, organisational capability building, employee development and employee participation.

Students will also complete one of the two following modules:

  • Principles of Change Practice will develop your knowledge using current theories, tools and techniques for change implementation and practice. This will include learning to implement change within an organisational structure, interact with stakeholders and evaluate processes of resistance to change.
  • Leading Change aims to develop your skills as a practitioner of change leadership. By learning different theories you will be able to identify the drivers of change in organisations and understand effective change leadership through key roles, behaviours and processes.

Progressing to a Diploma or Masters

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you may have the option of progressing onto a Diploma or Masters in Leadership and Management.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a range of different teaching styles and activities to maximise the impact of the learning on this course, including experiential activities, group exercises, tutor-led and student-led discussions, and reflective exercises.

You will have high levels of autonomy, and be encouraged to share your own experiences and ground your learning in the realities of the workplace.

We will challenge your existing perspectives, encourage creative thinking, and develop self-reflection skills and much of the material will have direct relevance to your career and lifelong learning.

All the tutors are experts in their fields, who are renowned in their academic areas, as well as being experienced practitioners within organisations themselves.

For more details, see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time


The course is offered on a part-time basis over one year, to fit around current work commitments. It is structured in a block format with each module lasting three days.

You are expected to spend approximately 150 hours worth of time on each module, including the time spent in taught sessions and supervision.


A range of assessments are used across the modules. All aim to test your ability to link the theory to current practice, and link in to your personal and professional development needs. Each assessment includes a self-reflective element, with a mix of essays, portfolio development, case study analysis and mini-presentations. You will have around six weeks to complete your assessments after the end of each module.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

While studying with us, you will have access to a range of facilities to enhance your learning experience. This includes the University library, which is open 24 hours a day and includes computer facilities. The library is well stocked with electronic and print books, newspapers, journals, government publications, statistics, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, company information, market reports and DVDs.

The University is also currently investing in new facilities, including a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. This will provide a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment for business and law students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at Bristol Business School will give you the broad-based skills, confidence and insights you need to firmly position yourself as a highly effective business leader or manager.

The course is suited to those already working at this level, who wish to consolidate their learning and keep abreast of the latest thinking in leadership and management. It is also suitable for those looking to build a management level career.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Part-time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Award Fee3000
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)750
International-Part Time-Award Fee4417
International-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104

Supplementary fee information

For further information visit our postgraduate funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree of 2:2 or above in any subject; or
  • an HND or equivalent professional qualification (such as NVQ 4) plus relevant work experience; or
  • Experience in a role with leadership or management responsibility.

If you do not have an honours degree or equivalent academic qualification you will need the full support of your employer and are likely to be working as a middle manager in a suitable professional area. We may ask you for an interview.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to meet our English language requirements by obtaining a minimum grade of 6.5 overall on the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS).

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