Graduate Diploma in Management

A pre-master's programme enhancing your knowledge in modern business management and finance.

You will develop your study skills, English language and subject knowledge in preparation for your chosen Master's degree.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a highly supportive study environment

What is special about the programme?

The Graduate Diploma in Management is a full-time academic programme, preparing you for postgraduate study in management and marketing. You will improve your language skills, increase your knowledge in academic subjects and develop the necessary study and research skills for postgraduate study. You will also gain an understanding of the UK education system before entering as a postgraduate.

As well as full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a flexible programme offering the opportunity to change to our Graduate Diploma in Finance - find out more

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter.

Teaching methods

This programme will develop your knowledge and skills in managing people, operations and the finance of a business. At the end of the programme you will use your learning to conduct research and produce a dissertation with the support of a highly experienced supervisor. Examples of dissertation topics have included What makes people happier at work?, The effectiveness of self-service checkouts, and The future of the shop: on-line versus in-store shopping.

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 language modules:

English language and Communication Skills

Develop your English language proficiency and knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation along with skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also learn skills for academic study at a UK university. You will: Work in a systematic way on key areas of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation; develop fluency and comprehension skills through extensive reading; learn strategies for reading critically and improve your study skills for assignments; engage in the different stages of the writing process; study the language of academic texts and different genres of writing, and use source references; and practise listening, note-taking, presentation skills and seminar discussion skills.


You will also study the following subject and research modules:

Human Resource Management

You will develop your knowledge and skills in managing people. This module will enable you to understand how to negotiate with as well as how to support and reward teams and individuals for whom you are responsible.

Financial Management

You will study the techniques used in managing the finance of a business, and how to monitor and control business performance.

Operations Management

You will develop knowledge of the role and contribution of operations management and production functions in business.

Marketing Management

You will learn how to analyse marketing processes, investigate the purpose of marketing within a business context, and apply marketing to practical situations.


You will also be able to choose to study one of the following:

Business-based dissertation

You will acquire the skills for dissertation writing. The dissertation itself brings together all the skills and knowledge you have gained in the taught programme. Writing the dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply these skills to a specific business-based problem. You will be encouraged to develop independent study skills and be given an opportunity to develop your communication and presentation skills.

Public Administration-based dissertation

This is for students who wish to progress to the Master’s in Public Administration. It is similar in content and appearance to the business-based dissertation.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the diploma in management is both formal and informal, and designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study. Marks do not count towards the Master's qualification, but help the University to assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

  • detailed feedback on performance
  • guidance on appropriate study methods through personal tutorials and by other means
  • one-to-one English language tutorials to help with assignments in all subject modules
  • careful individual support for subject-related assessments

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Applicants are expected to have a first degree or equivalent.  We will consider a 3-5 year diploma with high grades.

Applicants for the MBA or MPA require at least 3 years' work experience, post-graduation, at managerial level in the private or public sector or related organisations.

Minimum equivalent of GCSE Grade C in Maths for all students. 

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

English requirements:

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

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Applicants wishing to progress to the MBA/MPA must include a CV with their application so that their work experience can be assessed before they receive an offer for the Graduate Diploma. 

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 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


January 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 23 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018



Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)


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. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following Masters degrees at the University of Exeter:

*Applicants for the One-Planet MBA must have a minimum of three years' work experience and an IELTS score of 7.0

A flexible programme

If you change your mind and would rather study a Master's in Finance at the University of Exeter then we can offer you the opportunity to change to our Graduate Diploma in Finance in term 2. To qualify for this option you'll need to achieve a minimum of 65% in the Financial Management module in term 1.

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