Postgraduate Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate International Management

Salford Business School




One semester

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

This Graduate Certificate is a pre-masters Level 6 programme specifically designed to bridge the gap in skills and knowledge found between the achievement represented by a student’s current qualifications and those expected of students entering Level 7 study in Salford Business School, thus the student will be better equipped for level 7 study.

A main aim of this Graduate Certificate is to prepare students for study at Level 7.

Successful students will be allowed to progress to Level 7 study in Salford Business School (where cognate entry requirements permit), except The Salford MBA.

Great emphasis will be placed upon exposing the students to the learning environment of a UK Higher Education Institution including a comprehensive variety of learning and teaching strategies and assessments.

You will:
  • Prepare for progression onto a master’s degree
  • Strengthen your learning, business and management skills
  • Enhance your employability through practical learning in IT, teamwork and problem-solving

students accepted

This is for you if...


You aim to progress onto a master’s degree


You have aspirations of a career in business


You enjoy problem-solving and critical thinking


You have an interest in international business


You enjoy keeping up to date with current events


You are comfortable working in a group

Course details

All about the course

Emphasis will be placed upon self-directed study and the higher level skills needed to fully benefit from this.

You will develop your business skills and effectiveness over a single, 12 week semester, beginning at three points during the year:

  • September (join MSc courses beginning in January)
  • January (join MSc courses beginning in June)
  • June (join MSc courses beginning in September)
Semester one

International Business and Management

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.

Operational Sustainability

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.

Developing Organisational Capacity

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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


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 develop your knowledge and skills. The course runs one evening per week for two semesters.


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

School overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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.

A taste of what you could become

A HR professional

A manager

A marketing manager

And more...

Career Links

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 part-time 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 operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.


What you need to know

This course is ideal for a broad range of UK, EU and international students wanting to progress on to a taught master's programme. On completion of the course you will be able to study a postgraduate course at Salford Business School.

2019 fees are for programmes starting in March, June and July.  Fees for programmes starting in September 2019 and after will be published in late spring.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £4,680per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £6,840per year
Additional costs

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


For more information please see our funding section

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

June 2021

September 2021