Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management

    • Full or part time
      Part time & Online distance learning available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Marketing - International Marketing Marketing - Other Business & Management - Other Human Resource Management - Recruitment Methods Management Studies Business Strategic Management
    • Course Start
      Any Month
    • Course Duration
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    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA Advanced Entry course, which provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a complete MBA. The course itself is made up of 30 interactive modules and 8 written assignments, with approximately 40 guided learning hours per module. All modules have an additional 30-50 learning hours of optional materials that comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings, Internet resources, and self-testing exercises. You will also have access to 24/7 support, tutoring, and a variety of other support mechanisms.

    After receiving your Level 7 Diploma, you are eligible to apply for an MBA top up course, either online or on campus at a range of UK Universities. The top up portion will usually consist of the final 60 credits of either a dissertation or a dissertation and one module.

    Examples of University Progression

    • Southampton Solent University
    • University of Derby
    • University of Lincoln
    • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

    Course Modules

    Qualities of effective leadership

    Learners will explore the making and developing of powerful leaders.

    Developing interpersonal skills

    Connecting and bonding with people within the commercial sectors is extremely important for good business. This module trains learners in skills to improve and enhance communication techniques to create strong bonds.

    Motivating and influencing people

    Inspiring people to create a unity of direction within business.

    Making decisions

    Doing the right things in the right way at the right time. Learners will look at the process of making a good decision.

    Creativity and problem solving

    Do problems pose a threat or are they an opportunity to improve? Here, learners will figure out how to turn a problem into an advantage.

    Studying and using management theories

    There are many theories concerned with management and the various models developed from these theories. This module looks over these theories with real life examples.

    The external operating environment of business

    Planning for influences on the business outside your control.

    Culture and ethics

    The Culture and ethics involved in the business world today.

    Governance and directorships

    Structuring and controlling a business the professional way.

    Analysing the competition

    What are my competitors doing, how are they doing it, why are they doing it? Reviewing and analysing competitor actions to enhance managerial roles.

    Marketing strategy

    Creating an effective and successful market presence. Looking at the development of marketing strategies to create successful marketing campaigns.

    High performance sales

    Learners will grasp the key elements of successful selling.

    E-Marketing communication

    Understanding and using effective electronic messages to market.

    Customers and their needs

    Ensuring that your customers are recognised and valued.

    Strategic human resource management

    Human Resource Management must play a central role in the strategy of any organization. It is concerned with people as an asset of the business.

    Recruiting and CPD

    Getting the best people. Developing the best people. Keeping the best people.

    Measuring and rewarding performance

    Knowing and measuring how your people are performing.

    Interpreting business accounts

    Using and understanding the litmus tests of business health.

    Tools of financial analysis

    Resources, tools and techniques to keep a finger on the pulse of the business.

    Managing cash and working capital

    Cash, cash flow and working capital. The lifeblood of business.

    Exercises in quantitative techniques

    How to use and understand key figures.

    Impact of technology on business

    Analyse and exploit the role of e-business within a business sector.

    Innovation and R&D

    Creating commercial advantage from innovation and research.

    Implementing and managing quality systems

    Right first time, right every time. The place of quality in business strategy.

    Strategic planning tools

    Resources, tools and ideas to help create an effective business strategy.

    Strategic and systems management

    Options for strategic direction. Making the right choices for your business.

    The business plan

    Creating a plan that targets the stated aims and objectives of a business.

    Developing high performance teams

    Cohesion and teamwork that enhances business performance.

    Managing projects

    Getting things done. Using the right tools to run projects.

    Strategies for growth

    This module explores the different ideas of growth and the various tools, measures and controls at a managers disposal in planning for growth.

    University Top-Up

    On completion of this course students have the opportunity to complete an MBA programme from a range of UK universities. The top up programme can be studied online or on campus. The MBA top up comprises the final 60 credits which consists of either a dissertation or a dissertation and one module.

    Students may top-up on campus or by distance learning.

    Most universities in the UK will accept the Online Business School 120 credit programme for entry onto the MBA top up on campus. ATHE also have direct agreements with several Universities, click here for the ATHE progression routes. Students may also contact the admissions department of their chosen university directly.

    Career Path

    Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and final year of an accredited postgraduate degree programme, learners will have the skills to execute a professional managerial role in marketing, accounting, business consultancy, and more.

    A business management diploma and MBA develops key cognitive skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, and writing while also establishing presentation and numeracy skills to enhance knowledge and experience. These skills are critical in helping you advance your career.


    Visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management page on the Online Business School web site for more details!

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    Frederic Belinga

    Studying with OBS has been a stellar and rewarding experience enhanced by the school omnipresent student assistance ( Thank you Miss Laura et al.) as well as a consistent support from a truly empathetic and responsive staff who have advised, directed & guided me every step of the way, even in my graduation stage ( Thank you Mr Yusuf). You can trust these professionals to be there for you, or to at least give their best to help you. Moreover, I really took advantage of the freedom to work and study at my own convenience, which helped me dive into chapters I didn’t quite understand at first hand. Studying at my own pace free of any pressure and stress has truly facilitated my studying experience and has helped develop as an independent and confident thinker. Overall the experience was immersive, the studying platform was easily accessible via an app or from my laptop, thus it was practical, easy to use with solid features enabling me to navigate effectively through the course materials.

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    Sanjeeva Jayasoma

    I chose OBS for its flexibility of learning as I’m working full time and it is difficult for me to attend any lectures . Online Business School has given me the flexibility to complete module and assignments online. My learning experience was very enjoyable and I had great support from the supervisor and admin team. The learning , content of the course, support both from supervisor and admin team. Most importantly, they are prompt and worked on time in every task. Always keep focus and explore novel option. The next step will be to upgrade my Level 7 Strategic Management (Masters equivalent) qualification to MBA level

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    Gavin Sanderson

    After researching various providers of online diploma’s, the Online Business School provided the flexibility, relevant course content which would benefit my job role and the value for money. OBS were very enjoyable with expert help from the course tutors and admin staff, support and communications were fast and effective. Course content was perfect and demanding in a good way and helped me in my job role. The flexibility of learning was one of the main things I liked about the Online Business School. The learning platform was also very easy to use and intuitive. If you are currently studying, keep up the hard work, the benefits of knowledge and confidence will be worth it at the end. If your thinking about studying with the Online Business School, you won’t be disappointed with the journey and you will be very proud with what you have achieved at the end of it. I plan to top up my Diploma to an MBA, I will be using one of the recommended Universities by the Online Business School hoping this will give me some continuity in learning. I am looking forward to this next step.

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    Ayesha Aamir


    The reason why I chose to study with OBS because of its rating and flexible option to study in your own time with other work commitments. My experience with OBS is good but at times hard as well when you have to put lots of efforts to do your assignment up to the standard because the marking criteria is very strict by the assessors. My advice to potential students is if you are thinking to do course from OBS then do keep in your mind that it will be not very easy journey and you have to thoroughly study to gain your certificate because of the high standard set by the assessors and awarding body. My future plans are to set my own business and use my strategic knowledge that is gained through this course in order to achieve best results.

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    Solomon Kebede

    There are many advantageous reasons to choose Online Business School, such as more subject offerings, flexible scheduling and independent learning opportunities, University top up program and very good accreditation as well. My experience was great really wonderful and thanks OBS.OBS staff were helpful. Especially Laura I really appreciate the way she try to help every student. Additionally, OBS has great tutor support like Mr. Alan; his feedback sometimes made me angry, because he would analyse every detail of the assignment, however, later I realised that everything was in my advantage as he was just pushing me to study harder. I really appreciate this! My advice to OBS students is to always remember that study is your work. Consciously choose to show up, absorb wonderful content available to you, schedule in assessments, lectures, tasks, and really set and keep those boundaries. Have a successful mindset. Implement firm boundaries. Keep a schedule like you depend on it. My plan now is to top-up my MBA at a UK university. Learning always makes a difference.


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    Entry Requirements

    To enrol onto the Level 7 programme, you must be either

    a) a university graduate who is over 22 years old, or

    b) a non-university graduate over 24 year old, and with at least five years of managerial experience.

    Course Fees

    The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is £2200.


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