Graduate Diploma in Management

English language and academic study for entry into master's degrees including Educational Studies, Arts Management, International Business Law and International MBA.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality-assured university programme

What is special about the programme?

The Graduate Diploma will give you the opportunity to improve your language skills in preparation for postgraduate study, increase your knowledge of academic theory and improve your understanding of key academic subjects. It will also allow you to develop the necessary research skills for postgraduate study and gain an understanding of the UK education system. You will also benefit from:

  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a highly supportive study environment

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. 

The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)

You will develop the four key areas of competence in English: reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular emphasis on high-level academic writing skills.

Business in an International Context (20 credits)

This module seeks to introduce students to the key factors in the external environment in which businesses in the 21st century operate. The module will concentrate on key external forces, including: political, macroeconomic, socio-cultural, technological systems, national and international legal systems and organisational sustainability. Contemporary trends including internationalisation, globalisation and the multi-national enterprise will also be explored.

Business within the European Union (20 credits)

This module will focus on key issues relating to business in a European and global context. More specifically, attention will be given to the workings of the European Union and how this impacts on business.

Exploring Culture (20 credits)

The increasingly complex and global nature of businesses today brings many management challenges, not least in relation to understanding and appreciating the impact of national cultures in an organisational environment. This module provides a broader understanding of the relationship between social and cultural issues such as cultural diversity, ethnicity, cultural identity, cultural shock, and cultures colliding as applied to an organisation.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to develop students' skills and abilities to investigate, understand and interpret information as applied in a business and management context.


How will I be assessed?

Entry to all postgraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme. Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.

Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • oral presentations
  • interviews
  • written examinations.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • group project work
  • oral presentations
  • written examinations.


Assured progression

When you complete the Graduate Diploma you will be guaranteed entry to at least one of the master's courses at Queen's University Management School.

This is dependant on:

  • Achieving the required grades in subject modules for your intended degree
  • Achieving the required grades in English for Academic Purposes for your intended degree.

How do I qualify?


Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution.


Higher Education Diploma (3 - 5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

If you wish to progress to the MSc International Business, you must have an undergraduate degree in Business or Management which is acceptable to Queen's Management School.


For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.


If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study

Please note that in addition to the UKVI IELTS, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications for this course. Check which other qualifications we accept.

When can I start?


Start date Term dates Fees
January Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 11 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016

Term 2: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016

Term 3: Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 26 Aug 2016
September Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 3: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017
January Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 2: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic course
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £260 per academic course

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

When is the Christmas break?

Teaching finishes on Fri 16 Dec 2016 and resumes on Mon 09 Jan 2017.