Certificate in Management Studies (Certificate of Management Studies)

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Oxstalls, Gloucester

A one year course, designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a management career, the CMS is an introductory, skill-based management qualification. Suitable for all business sectors, it introduces the main functional areas of management: Introduction to Leadership Practice; Management in Context; Introduction to Marketing; and an Introduction to Finance and Information.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your organisation and then apply your learning back in the workplace.

You can study the CMS as an individual qualification, and when you achieve the CMS, you may choose to pursue the Diploma in Management Studies, which feeds into the MBA programme.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new School of Business and Technology and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Module Descriptions

  • Introduction to Leadership Practice Examine a range of leadership skills and management principles
  • Introduction to Marketing Assess internal and external factors relevant to organisations, current market position
  • Introduction to Finance and Information Learn the foundations of accounting
  • Management in Context Examine how internal and external environments influence the design of operations and responses to challenges

Study style

Part-time taught route through lectures and workshops.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Formal qualifications are not required for entry to the CMS. You should however be able to demonstrate that you will benefit from undertaking the course. In view of the work-related nature of the CMS, you will need to have recent and relevant work experience. 

Contact us

For enquiries, please contact the course administrator.


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1825
Non-EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1825

Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Operational manager
  • Project manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Finance manager

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Apply your learning in your workplaces

Even if you have not been studying for a long-time, the CMS course has been designed to enable you to transfer current theories of management to your work place. Through assessment of your work, by written essay, group presentation, or a combination, we give you the practical experience to reflect on and so improve your performance in the workplace.

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Learning with a peer group

The CMS attracts students aspiring to be a manager or gaining their first formal management qualification, so you will learn with a peer group of like-minded people. In addition to tutor support, peer group support will help you through the qualification.

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Obtain a recognised qualification and professional status

With our links to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you will have the option to join the CMI as part of your CMS studies, and attain a CMI qualification.

Chartered Management Institute