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EDMS – Executive Diploma in Management Studies

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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:

  • To provide a wide range of knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective member of a leadership team
  • To ensure you possess an up-to-date awareness of management/leadership techniques
  • To provide you with the tools and techniques for understanding the wider environmental impacts on the business so you can lead and respond to change in a proactive manner
  • To develop skills to perform a successful investigative business report and present findings that demonstrate a positive organisational impact
  • To encourage self-development so that you can achieve your potential and contribute effectively in your organisation
  • To provide an effective learning environment away from the workplace within which you can acquire knowledge, develop understanding and test theory before taking practical skills back to your work environment
  • To provide a formal accredited qualification at Level 6 and to facilitate progression and development towards Level 7 qualifications and study.

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.

What Will I Study?

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.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.

Entry Requirements

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.


Modules can include:

Year 1

1. Advanced Professional Development
This unit is designed to enable learners to take responsibility for their learning and development needs to meet personal, professional and organisational goals and objectives. This will be achieved through analysing current skills and preparing and implementing personal development plans. This unit highlights the importance of seeking feedback from others to improve performance continuously, reviewing learning needs as these skills will equip the learner for future demanding responsibilities and career progression.

2. Managing Change
This unit is designed to enable learners to look at the reasons for change and alternative models for its management. It will focus on the need to implement processes and systems for ongoing, continuous structural and cultural change in organisations.

3. Managing Financial Resources
This unit is designed to provide learners with a foundation in financial principles and techniques relevant to the strategic management process. The main objective is to provide learners with the tools and confidence to apply, analyse and evaluate financial information and explore the nature of cost based financial data and information, the impact of the budgeting process upon the organisation and the development of cost reduction and management procedures and processes.

4. Management in the Wider Environment
This unit is designed to enable learners to be more aware of the cultural, moral, ethical, and environmental effects of their activities, to ensure that these do not cause conflict within their sphere of operations. In addition managers need to be aware of current and developing national and European legislation.

5. Managing Human Resources
This unit will enable learners to focus on the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the planning and development of an organisation’s human resources. Learners will research the role of the HR function, analyse HR planning and development methods and how they contribute to organisation objectives and performance.

6. Leadership in Your Organisation
This unit will enable learners to gain an insight into current thinking on leadership from the perspective of the organisation. Learners will consider the range of competences and styles of successful leaders, the importance of the context in which leadership exists and how organisations can plan to meet their current and future requirements for leadership.

Year 2

1. Management Research Methods and Presentation
This unit is designed to introduce learners to the techniques and methods required when carrying out formal research. The unit addresses a variety of research methodologies. Learners are required to produce a project proposal based on independent research into an area of professional business practice that interests them and will add to their professional development. Where appropriate learners can link the outcomes of this unit with the Management Research Report Unit.

2. Management Research Report
This unit will enable learners to integrate learning from across the programme. This unit together with the Management Research Methods Unit recognises the importance of effective project management in today’s economy.

3. Strategic Marketing and Procurement
This unit will enable learners who may not be professional marketers or purchasers to understand how to support the strategic marketing/procurement process. It develops learners knowledge and understanding of the formulation of a marketing / procurement plan, allows them to investigate the current environment and helps them to consider how all managers of an organisation can contribute towards the effective achievement of marketing / procurement objectives.

4. Strategic Review, Planning and Implementation
This unit will enable learners to recognise the importance of effective forecasting and planning in the current global economy. Learners will develop the skills and tools required to review, plan and develop the strategic direction of the organisation through a logical analysis of where their organisation is now in relation to its market.

5. Managing Information and Projects
This unit will enable learners to develop an understanding of the information and quantitative issues found in organisations. It will develop their understanding of how information management systems can be fully integrated and used effectively, enabling effective judgements about their suitability of purpose.

6. Leading for Performance
This unit will provide learners with an understanding of how people can be effectively managed to maximize their contribution to the organisation.

Qualification Achieved

Successful candidates achieve the Executive Diploma in Management Studies (EDMS) awarded by Lancaster University.

You may also achieve Level 7 (postgraduate) certification in Leadership and Management from the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Other Information

How much does it cost?

The course fee is £3,000 per year per delegate per year for candidates without prior attainment at Level 6 (Honours Degree). This includes all tuition, exam, registration and residential fees). (Prices are subject to change). Candidates with existing Level 6 qualifications may be charged a higher fee due to ELQ requirements (check with Programme Leader for details).(Prices are subject to change).

The college operates a no refunds policy as detailed below. Cancellations and transfer requests are subject to the following conditions:

  • More than 4 weeks notice – no charge
  • 4 weeks notice – 30% of the cost
  • 2-3 weeks notice – 50% of the cost
  • 1-2 weeks notice – 75% of the cost
  • Less than 1 weeks notice – 100% of the cost

All cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a £10 administration charge. The full fee’s policy is available on request.

Course dates

September 2012 – June 2013.
Full course information to be confirmed.

To find out more

Email The Training People at Blackburn College or call us on 01254 292500.

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Please note: Our courses are delivered on site at the main campus and/or off site at one of our dedicated Business Suites.