Management Education PGCert

Why choose this course?

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.

What you will study

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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PGCert Distance-learning Jan 2018
Stag Hill

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify, your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

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.

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

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.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with lectures most often on a Wednesday and/ or Thursday, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


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 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Student finance

Find out about the Government's postgraduate taught student finance support and Career Development Loans.

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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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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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