Certificate in Management Studies (CMS)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year part-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

The aim of the course is to help you acquire and develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a more effective manager. It’s a gateway to build on your career status and improve your management opportunities. It also provides you with the academic qualifications to support your on-the-ground experience and enhance your professional profile.

This is a development programme for existing or aspiring managers in industry, business or public and voluntary sectors.

There are no formal academic entry requirements and experience of work in management roles is taken into account. We welcome applications if you are looking to develop your leadership and management career.

The emphasis of the course is on the development of knowledge, competencies and skills, which will help to improve your management practice.. We value your own individual experience and seek to create the conditions for you to apply what you learn to your immediate work environment and make a real impact.

In 2016 students on the CMS course were awarded 'Outstanding Group of the Year 2016' at the Kirklees Adult Learners' Awards.

You have the option to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to achieve an additional CMI qualification with no additional work. Huddersfield Business School holds annual guest speakers and networking events with the CMI and other professional organisations which we encourage you to attend.

The aim of the course is to help you acquire and develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a more effective manager. It’s a gateway to build on your career status and improve your management opportunities. The CMS is an ideal stepping stone to further achievements and would provide you with the academic entry qualifications for the Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course detail

Managing People

This module will help you develop the knowledge and skills required for effective working relationships in your management and leadership roles. We review your people management skills in relation to the work context using frameworks and ideas from social psychology and human resource management.

Managing Finance and Information

This module helps participants to understand how finance and information systems impact on operational and strategic business decisions. From a practical perspective the teaching and learning process will help you to understand how decisions are made in your organisations and how you can reconcile financial and performance data in your decision making practice.

Managing Oneself: Personal Development

This module encourages you to explore models of personal and professional development. On completion of this module you will know how to produce a learning and development plan that addresses the gap between current and expected level of performance.

Managing Operations, Projects and Services

This module introduces the fundamental principles of Operations and Project Management; looking at how organisations deliver goods and services that will satisfy the customers' needs, whilst making most effective use of resources. This can only be achieved by giving attention to the design of products, processes, and the work for employees; as well as through the competent planning and control of operations and projects.

The course puts emphasis on the development of both academic and practical skills. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to learn from your workplace experiences of handling real management issues, and enhance this with concepts and theories to help you see the bigger issues affecting organisations.


The course lasts one year from September to June and offers flexible study options to fit around your current commitments. You can study either:

  • Monday evenings 6-9pm (plus 4 additional days)
  • Block mode delivery (subject to numbers)

Our teaching staff have extensive experience gained from the commercial and public sectors which means they are in-tune with the workplace and development issues you face. You’ll also have the chance to learn from fellow students and contribute your own experience to the classroom environment. As your needs will vary, the course offers a flexible approach to the process of learning.

You will be encouraged to be involved in directing your own individual studies and participate in discussion groups. Our emphasis is on encouraging your learning and development through assignments, projects, group work, workplace learning and portfolios. There are no exams as part of your assessment.

Entry requirements

  • You do not need to have a formal degree level qualification. Nevertheless, you will need to be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm and ability to undertake the course, from both an academic and personal perspective.
  • The course requires considerable commitment and is appropriate if you want to take your management career further through formal study.
  • You are expected to have a minimum of two years relevant experience.

Award-winning students


Students from the CMS course were awarded the 'Outstanding Group Award 2016' at the Kirklees Adult Learners Awards in 2016, in recognition of their progress on the course; both individually and collectively.

Course Leader and Lecturer in Organisation Studies Dr Rachel Cockman commented, "I am delighted to see this group receive wider recognition. As course tutors it is evident to us that their learning has gone far beyond the curriculum and impacted both their professional and personal practice. There is a clear sense that they understand the value of learning, and want to pass their learning on to friends, colleagues and families".

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities,timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised [library| http://www.hud.ac.uk/library/] provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called [Unilearn| https://www.hud.ac.uk/it/students/unilearn/]. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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