Managers seeking to embrace and benefit from the complexity of 21st Century organisational and competitive challenges will find this course an ideal route to leadership effectiveness. For over 50 years managers from across East Lancashire have used this programme to gain practical and professional advancement in their careers. The programme has been completely redesigned for the challenges of 21st Century management and leadership and was re-validated by Lancaster University in 2010. As an internationally recognised professional qualification, the DMS provides an excellent academic and practical grounding in contemporary theories and issues, for candidates from all sizes and types of organisations; private sector manufacturing and service businesses, public sector organisations and voluntary/third sector organisations.
Key goals for the course include:
Highly qualified and experienced staff provide extensive support that, along with the tutorial element of the programme, ensure that our students achieve real success through the course every year.
This is a two year modular programme, in which modules focus on key management issues, and provide frameworks and tools to enable students to become effective managers. Class-based sessions provide a blend of theory and practical application, and allow students to develop knowledge and skills that can be directly applied to their work. There are a number of integrated development activities and events that support the programme: Residential exercise, Work shadowing, Employment Tribunal visit, Industrial visit.
The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn. The first year of the programme features an off-site management development residential course at a leading outdoor activity centre in the Lake District. The second year includes an off-site overnight residential role play event held at a quality local hotel.
Entrants onto the programme may already hold specialist work-related qualifications, these may be at Honours degree level, HND, CMS level 5 or equivalent qualification, plus at least two years of appropriate work experience (this may include supervisory work in voluntary organisations, parent/teacher associations or community groups as well as more conventional paid employment).
Exceptionally applicants without these qualifications may be considered if they have substantial relevant management/supervisory experience and are seeking to broaden their understanding, knowledge and skills in leading their area of responsibility. There is a clear focus upon individual personal skills development and the acquisition of techniques / knowledge and understanding which will facilitate change and effective utilisation of resources.
The assessment on the programme includes Examinations, Essays, Assignments and Briefs.
Graduates of the Executive Diploma in Management studies have used their qualification to seek promotion and have progressed into a wide range of roles. These have included Head of Sales for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), a Production Manager (for an £80million manufacturer), a UK Managing Director (for Care Services company) as well as Senior Administration Managers, Programme Managers, Area Managers and more.