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?

  • conditional 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.

Teaching methods

The Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought module provides you with excellent grounding for future postgraduate study. You'll design your own research project, providing a literature review, methodology and plan of action. This module has received high praise from external examiners. 

You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy various trips outside of the classroom, such as visiting the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.


If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Management and meet the specified progression requirements for entry to your selected degree, you may proceed to postgraduate study at Queen's University Belfast.

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 level you can apply for our Academic English course.

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
September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018
January 2018 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

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 £270 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.

Where will this take me?

This course leads to the following master's degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

Queen's University Management School

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc International Business

International MBA

MSc Management

MSc Marketing

Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

MSc Construction and Project Management

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

MSc Autistic Spectrum Disorders

MSc Children's Rights

MSc Educational Leadership

MEd Educational Studies

MEd Inclusion and Special Needs Education

MA Arts Management

LLM Criminal Justice

LLM Human Rights Law

LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

LLM International Business Law


MSc Psychological Science*

*Degree and progression grades subject to approval.

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