The course begins three times a year in January, May and September, and can be taught on a full-time basis, or part-time via distance learning. The programme is divided into two parts. Part one takes about six months to complete, and part two takes nine months, assuming an average of 10 to 12 study hours each week. The distance learning option is challenging and requires self-discipline and dedication.
Applicants should be over 27 years of age and have at least three years’ business management experience, but exceptions are made if individuals have sufficient relevant experience
Part one of the course covers the core disciplines of management, including foundations of management, managing information and managing people, which incorporates HRM strategy and organisational culture. Part two covers business management, comprising managing marketing, managing performance and managing financial resources.
As well as giving students a firm grasp of core business management skills, those who successfully complete parts one and two of the course can apply to complete part three, which would give them the full MBA qualification.