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International Management

Graduate Certificate

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; June


One semester

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Full-time - £4,625

International - £6,660

In Brief:

  • Achieve an excellent qualification that prepares you for progression on to a Masters degree
  • Strengthen your learning, business and management skills
  • Enhance your employability prospects with practical learning in IT, teamwork and problem-solving
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This Graduate Certificate is a pre-masters Level 6 programme specifically designed to bridge the gap in skills and knowledge found between your current qualifications and those expected of students entering Level 7 study in Salford Business School.  By studying on this programme, you will be better equipped for level 7 study.  

You will likely hold a pass, ordinary or third class degree. You may be an overseas student, wanting to gain experience in the methods of assessment and teaching used in the UK.  You should also be keen to continue onto a Masters degree at Salford Business School.  It is ideal if you have not previously studied business as you will learn about different areas of business and so make a better choice for your postgraduate study.  

You will develop your business skills and effectiveness over a single, 12-week semester, studying two full days per week.  There are three entry points during the year:

  • September (to join MSc courses beginning in January)
  • January (to join MSc courses beginning in June)
  • June (to join MSc courses beginning in September)

Successful students will be allowed to progress to Level 7 study in Salford Business School; this excludes The Salford MBA.


This programme is designed to appeal to a broad range of UK, EU and international students whose academic qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to a taught Master's programme.  You will have an undergraduate degree but it may not be in a business subject.

If you would like to discuss this programme further, please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Amjad Muhammad


You will learn about the international nature of modern business, focusing on the key challenges for managers in an age of globalisation. Specific areas covered include: Cultural differences, triad and emerging economies, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in global supply chains, international strategy, and the international dimensions of core business functions, including marketing and logistics.
This module develops your awareness of the key topics in business and management and how they function in organisations to optimize operational performance. You will review the importance of managing organisations day-to-day and over longer periods of time, alongside the concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
You will focus on teamwork, motivation, leadership, people management and the international aspects of human resource management. You will develop your IT skills for business and study academic writing and the use of academic literature in international contexts.

Entry Requirements

You will have a degree from a UK, EU or international School or University but do not need to have studied business previously.  We welcome students with a pass, ordinary or third class honours level, or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

IELTS or Equivalent English language requirements:

  • Successful completion of the (Summer) English Study Programme (SESP or ESP) provided by the School of Languages with achievement of B2 Level English
  • A recognised equivalent of the (Summer) English Study Programme with an achievement level of B2 English
  • Achieving IELTS 6.0 with no individual score below 5.5
  • Test results from an approved Secure English Language Test equivalent to B2 Level English
  • Pearson's 51 in all elements

International students

This programme is suitable for a Short Term Study visa which allows you to enter the UK and study for a period of up to six months.  International students can find out more about visa requirements and restictions on our Immigration and Visa Help web pages.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£6,660

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities, and includes the use of videos, case studies, group exercises and discussions to help you develop your knowledge and skills. The programme runs for two full days per week for 12 weeks.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study and prepare for your assessments in your own time with online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment may include: essays, an exam, reflective report writing, group presentations, interim and final report writing.


On completion of the course many students go on to study an MSc at Salford Business School, gaining a highly regarded formal qualification and enhanced personal and organisational management skills.

Career Prospects

Salford Business School supports you to develop your employability skills with help from a dedicated Employability team and the University's Work and Careers service.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • Thomson Holidays
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Our students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.

Salford Business School also runs a series of guest lectures which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

Further Study

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to study a postgraduate course at Salford Business School.  Visit our website for a full list of postgraduate programmes and further information on each.


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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