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 12 months 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.

Programme leader

Dr Christine Rivers

Our students

  • Mojdeh Mehrganrad, PhD Management and Business

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    "I like how interactive and engaging the lecturers are when they teach. They interact based on slides, but what I like is that the lecturers are not just reading from slides; the lectures are engaging and helpful."

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Our graduates

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    "Diligence, hard work, reliability and attention to detail, as well as being innovative and a team player, are skills that makes every graduate an asset to any employer."

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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. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.


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)


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.


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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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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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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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.

Contact us

General enquiries:

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