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Doctoral Level Programme

Overview

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice qualification is to develop strategic management and leadership skills for managers who have the authority and personal attributes to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance.
This qualification reflects current practice in Strategic Management and Leadership and allows learners to develop and expand their high-level understanding of strategic management and leadership in the workplace. This qualification is suitable for mature learners with a background in academic study or industry. The qualification has a clear work-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside theoretical fundamentals.

The qualification will enable learners to become independent, self-directed learners with tools and motivation to continue learning, developing, and reflecting on practice throughout their careers.

The course aims for the following:
  1. To enable learners to apply analytical and evaluative techniques to business in private and public sectors.
  2. To enhance analytical and evaluative skills relating to business across a number of industries.
  3. To develop the learners ability to recognise and reflect on the process of personal learning and development which facilitates the enhancement of key personal, sociable and other transferable skills.
  4. To develop the learners ability to formulate and use appropriate methodologies and approaches.
  5. To ensure the learner understands how to initiate, design and undertake research, development or strategic activities that extend or produce significant change in the field of work or study.
  6. To ensure the learner can critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short and long-term implications for the field of work or knowledge and its wider context.
Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice can progress to a university partner to discuss a research proposal for DBA/DProf/PhD or directly into employment in an associated profession.
To be considered eligible for this qualification, applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria
  • provide proof of a relevant postgraduate degree
  • hold a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a business-related subject
  • have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience
  • must hold/have held a position at senior management level which is capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes, including the professional research project.
Level 8 portray practice skills and competencies that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to Doctoral Degrees and Vocational Qualifications at Level 8.

Mandatory Units 

    • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Potential (20 credits)
    • Managing Strategic Change (20 credits)
    • Project Development, Planning and Management (20 credits)
    • Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (40 credits)
    • Developing Research Capability (20 credits)

      Optional Units 

          • Globalisation and Corporate Governance (20 credits)
          • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits
          • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
          • Supply Chain and Operations Management (20 credits)
          • Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
          • Strategic Marketing (20 credits)
          Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice can progress to a university partner to discuss a research proposal for DBA/DProf/PhD or directly into employment in an associated profession.