Graduate Diploma in Management

For entry into master's degrees in Management, International Business, International MBA and MSc Marketing

The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university master's degree.

Why apply for the graduate diploma programme?

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

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What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes 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
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
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 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
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.

You can download the requirements for the degrees below.

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