Institution / Waterford Institute of Technology

Management Development

What is Certificate in Management Development?

The primary aim of the Certificate in Management Development is within a short and intense period - to produce high calibre individuals, distinct in their abilities, understanding, skills and knowledge associated with the management of business. More specifically the objectives of the programme are:
• An in-depth knowledge of the management process and of the key issues affecting decision making in organisations;
• An exposure to the core aspects of organisational leadership criteria;
• The capability to manage change and complexity in business operations;
• To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise a range of advanced personal and interpersonal skills operating autonomously and in a supervisory management capacity.

Special Feature
In consultation with organisations, the course is a one semester programme, flexibly-delivered utilising a block-release mode (2 days per month) and blended approach for the delivery of four modules over a Semester. This delivery mode was specifically designed to facilitated flexibility for the learner. The programme is ideal for anyone without a business qualification and incorporating modules like Strategy, Leadership, Managing People, and a Applied Management Development project, programme provides a bedrock for anyone hoping to pursue careers in team leadership, operations management or supervision in a wide variety of contexts.

Entry requirements

At a minimum for students to be accepted on the Certificate in Management Development, the current standard entry criteria are as follows:
•Interested applicants must hold a degree qualification, or equivalent. In the case of non-Business graduates, applicants must hold a degree qualification, or equivalent, in a non-Business discipline.
•Applicants who do not hold a degree qualification at level eight, but who have other certified and/or experiential learning, may apply for consideration for entry to the programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning Process.
•Applicants may be required to undertake an interview with the programme panel.
•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.


15 weeks full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Research undertaken by WIT has shown that organisations in the region have an immediate shortage of cross-enterprise skills for lower-middle management positions and it is affecting the growth opportunity of companies.

In response WIT have designed a 15 week programme. It does not have an in-company work placement element to it as the focus is to get the participant ready for full-time employment to fill immediate demand in a quick lead time.

The programme is intensive but it has been carefully crafted in collaboration with leading business experts and with real life world company assignments. The programme places a very strong emphasis on professional development ensuring that the graduate is ready to join the market. This is achieved through specific modules, generic skills seminars, CV and interview clinics, LinkedIn profile development and extensive industry collaboration. The course supports a mentoring programme where past WIT graduates provide guidance and support to the student. WIT also has a well-established Careers Centre and website providing support and advice to students and has significant links with industry for job opportunities. Graduates are employed in lower-middle management roles such as operational excellence, team leadership and project management.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Dr. Chris O'Riordan
Phone:051 845610

Prof. Denis Harrington
Phone:051 302427

Subjects taught

Mandatory Modules
Managing People: Theory & Practice
Strategy & Leadership
Applied Project in Management Development

Electives (Participants select one of these; availability of each is subject to demand):

Operations Management & SCM
International Business Environment
Customer Service Innovation Management
Place Branding
Service Design Competencies and Prototyping
Business Research Methods

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