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Management Practice - Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.



Brief Description

The Specialist Diploma in Management Practice is a skills-based programme designed for graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental management competencies while building upon their existing skills and knowledge in the area of business management practice.

The Specialist Diploma in Management Practice is a skills-based programme designed for graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental management competencies while building upon their existing skills and knowledge in the area of business management practice. 

The programme offers a robust combination of advanced practical management skills while developing the students entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities. A key source of learning is a problem based learning (PBL) project designed to address realistic industry challenges. This Specialist Diploma has a strong focus and approach on skills-based learning which encourages students to actively collaborate and expand their critical thinking skills in the classroom. Thoughtful planning, industry partnership and experienced tutors facilitate the constant reworking of course details to keep content up-to-date with industry best practice. This Level 9 award will greatly enhance participants managerial skills beyond the level of current offerings, to fill the skills gap which exists in middle to upper management.

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- Skills-based learning, allowing graduates to immediately express and apply their knowledge to industry.
- Develops knowledge and skills to competently deal with challenges within the complex and dynamic business environment.
- Fills skills shortage, ensure career progression and formalise graduates education in management.
- Exposes graduates to realistic business problems and develops their approach to problem solving.
- Enables industry-based learning with guest lectures and company-based projects.
- Focuses groups and workshops allowing students to build relationships among their peers and learn from other students with varying backgrounds, leads to an increased awareness and appreciation for the many industry types for which this programme has been produced.
- Blended learning offers students the opportunity to learn while meeting work and personal commitments.

The delivery of this programme has been carefully planned to ensure students maximise their learning experience and objectives, while still meeting the demands of their personal and professional commitments. This programme is delivered in a blended learning format using interactive workshops and self-directed study to empower learners by developing their individual strengths, expanding their practical skills and offering the latest and best-practice techniques. Students are on-campus for one full day in each of the five consecutive 5-week modules (three in semester 1 and two in semester 2). 

SEMESTER 1 (Autumn 2019)
CM6901: Business Communications
AC6011: Financial Management and Decision Making
MN6041: Project Management in Practice

SEMESTER 2 (January 2020)
MN6921: Strategic Management
MKXXXX: Applied Marketing Management

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment. An optional Career Development module (CA4003) will be offered to all participants in this course with 6 ects.
Unemployed/Returners are expected to actively look for a company in which to complete their project, however, assistance in finding a company will be provided where necessary. Employed or Self-Employed applicants should clarify if their company can facilitate a project being carried out on their business.
An industry learning experience (company project) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants portfolio.

On Campus sessions take place on Saturdays only.
The below timetable is provisional and is subject to change:

Saturday 7th September 2019
Saturday 12th October 2019
Saturday 16th November 2019
Saturday 14th December 2019

Level 8 qualification in any discipline. 

Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.
Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received. It is highly advisable to submit a strong and thorough application in the event that short-listing for interview does take place.

In conjunction with the RPL policy of the University, this Specialist Diploma will consider previous experience as means of application through an ethical and transparent RPL process.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements 

See acceptable list of English Proficiency qualifications:

See when English Proficiency Exams can be taken here in UL:

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. 
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)

The programme is fully funded for jobseekers and returners. 90% funding is available to full time workers under the Springboard+ 2019 criteria. See website for eligibility details.