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The key to effective management and leadership lies in developing a critical understanding of your organisation and the practices of those who work in it, including your own. If you aspire to a middle level management role in a large organisation, or have a leadership role in a smaller one, this diploma will enhance your ability to manage projects and change and improve performance. You will gain a broad, integrated picture of how your organisation works – enabling you to respond quickly and flexibly to rapidly changing markets and environments – and consider the compromises, tensions and interdependencies between operational, accounting, marketing, information, financial and ‘people’ issues. The skills of the reflective practitioner are an important theme throughout, and everything you study is related to the management roles and responsibilities you exercise.

Key features of the course
• A strong emphasis is on your own professional development
• Focuses on the management of teams, departments and projects
• Encourages you to apply newly learned skills and techniques
as you study
• A recognised qualification in its own right, and Stage 1 of our triple-accredited MBA.

Entry requirements

To study for the professional diploma you must already hold the Professional Certificate in Management (S01) (previously coded C31) or a qualification accepted by the University as equivalent.

You will already have some first-hand experiential knowledge of managing some part of an organisation.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.


7 - 12 months.

The minimum time to complete this qualification is seven months, depending on whether you choose to study B716 which takes 12 months or the fast-track version BXFT716 which takes seven months. Please note to complete within seven months, you will need to be able to devote 20-25 hours a week to your studies. You must complete this qualification within four years.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
The Professional Diploma in Management is a generalist qualification in the core aspects of management: marketing, accounting, operations, human resource management etc. It is appropriate for all sectors: private, public or voluntary/third sector; the models and ideas are sufficiently general to be useful for people in all sizes of organisation, from multi-national to individual entrepreneur. As a stand-alone qualification it is intended mainly for first-line or middle management and as the first one-third of our MBA is appropriate for all levels of manager.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits from either:

Compulsory module

Credits Next start
MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716) 60 06 May 2017
MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track)* (BXFT716) 60 01 Apr 2017

*This version is for the accelerated study route and should only be selected if you intend to complete your MBA in two years. See How long it takes for more information.

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B700, BZX700.

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.


On completion

On successful completion of the required module you can be awarded a Professional Diploma in Management entitling you to use the letters Dip Mgmt (Open) after your name.

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