Management Education PGCert

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Why Surrey?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Management Education is delivered by Surrey Business School’s Centre for Management Learning (CML) - a leading centre for the enquiry into the theory and practice of management learning. The Centre is working to improve and enhance teaching excellence in management through industry-formed curriculum design and innovative teaching practices.

Programme overview

Our unique Postgraduate Certificate in Management Education has been designed for individuals with professional experience in management who want to transition into teaching. It is the first programme of its kind in the UK to offer a credit-bearing qualification.

This distance learning programme will prepare you to utilise your professional experience and expertise in a teaching role. You will learning how to teach innovatively and with business practice in mind. Over six months, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a teacher in higher education or as an independent management learning consultant.

Teaching is comprehensive as well as convenient and accessible, as the first three modules are provided online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Each student is allocated a personal learning advisor to guide them through the programme and its assessments. The programme concludes with the fourth module being delivered via a three-day summer school, in which teaching is put into practice. Upon completion of the programme, you will graduate with a qualification in management education.

This programme has been designed in consultation with industry and the Department of Higher Education.

Programme structure

This distance learning programme is studied over six months. It consists of four modules. It is predominantly taught online and through a three-day Summer School.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication.

  • Introduction to Management Education
  • Theoretical Foundations in Management Education
  • Innovation and Leadership in Management Education
  • Management Education in Practice (Three-day Summer School)

Graduate prospects

Graduates of this programme will be well prepared to pursue work as a teaching fellow in higher education or as an independent management learning consultant.

Funding (further information)

Discounts for CML members

Discounts are available for members of the Centre for Management Learning’s Global Partnership Network (GPN).

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded a scholarship through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Distance-learning Jan 2018 £4,000 £4,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Programme leader

Dr Christine Rivers

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PGCert Distance-learning 6 months Jan 2018

* Subject to validation

Subject to validation

This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university, and a minimum of five years’ work experience in a management or middle management role (with intensive managerial work experience) in any industry.

Alternatively, relevant CPD evidence and a minimum of seven years’ work experience in a management role.

Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Admissions Information

Our Admissions Policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Further information for applicants

Postgraduate Study Advice

Steps to Postgraduate Study is an official, independent guide for anyone considering a taught postgraduate course. The guide is produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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