Undergraduate Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate International Management

Salford Business School




One semester

Next enrolment

June 2023


In a nutshell

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates.

This Graduate Certificate is a pre-masters Level 6 programme specifically designed to prepare you for studying your Master's degree. It is ideal if you do not meet the entry requirements for Master's study. It is also an excellent introduction for international students who have not had experience of UK Higher Education study environment.  Unlike some education systems, we use a variety of learning skills and teaching strategies and there is a great emphasis placed on group work and self-directed learning to support your formal teaching.

If you are successful, you will be able to progress to Level 7 study in a variety of MSc courses offered by Salford Business School.

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days or explore the Salford campus on our virtual tour

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

We place great emphasis on self-directed study and helping you to develop the higher level skills you need to progress on to further study.

You will develop your business skills and effectiveness over a single, 12 week semester, beginning at three 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)
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.

Choose Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange.

This means that our teaching is highly practical and your learning is informed by our industry partners. Every postgraduate course includes a work placement or work experience project in the UK or internationally so you can put your learning into practice before you graduate. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

With multiple start points for our degrees, you can choose when to start your studies so that they fit with your life priorities. We want you to succeed in your studies and in your profession so we provide the support you need to achieve your aims.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Where will I study?

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

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. There's a wealth of support for you too, especially if it's been a while since you've studied and you want to brush up on your study skills. Find out how to make the best start on their website.

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

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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 business manager

An HR professional

A marketing manager

A project 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 successful completion of the course you will be able to study a postgraduate course at Salford Business School.

English Language Requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course

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.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

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 2023/24 £5,050per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £7,420per year

Additional costs

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


Explore our International Scholarships.

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All set? Let's apply

Applications for this course are made via our online application form. Visit our guidance page for details of how to use the online application form.

Enrolment dates

June 2023

September 2023

January 2024

June 2024

September 2024

UCAS information

Course ID N103S

Institution S03