Professional Diploma in Management Practice

Start date: 01 September 2022

Duration: 1 Year

Location: Kemmy Business School, UL

Certificate: NFQ Level 9

Cost: Members: €3,000 - Non Members: €4,500

Programme overview

The Professional Diploma in Management Practice is a skills-based programme designed for graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental management competencies while building upon their existing skills and knowledge in the area of business management practice.

The programme offers a robust combination of advanced practical management skills while developing the students entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities. A key source of learning is a problem based learning (PBL) project designed to address realistic industry challenges. This Specialist Diploma has a strong focus and approach on skills-based learning which encourages students to actively collaborate and expand their critical thinking skills in the classroom. Thoughtful planning, industry partnership and experienced tutors facilitate the constant reworking of course details to keep content up-to-date with industry best practice. This Level 9 award will greatly enhance participants managerial skills beyond the level of current offerings, to fill the skills gap which exists in middle to upper management.

Learning outcomes

  • Skills-based learning, allowing graduates to immediately express and apply their knowledge to industry
  • Develops knowledge and skills to competently deal with challenges within the complex and dynamic business environment
  • Fills skills shortage, ensure career progression and formalise graduates education in management
  • Exposes graduates to realistic business problems and develops their approach to problem solving
  • Enables industry-based learning with guest lectures and company-based projects
  • Focuses groups and workshops allowing students to build relationships among their peers and learn from other students with varying backgrounds, Leads to an increased awareness and appreciation for the many industry types for which this programme has been produced
  • Blended learning offers students the opportunity to learn while meeting work and personal commitments

Programme Content

The delivery of this programme has been carefully planned to ensure students maximise their learning experience and objectives, while still meeting the demands of their personal and professional commitments. This programme is delivered using interactive workshops and self-directed study to empower learners by developing their individual strengths, expanding their practical skills and offering the latest and best-practice techniques.


CM6901: Business Communications

AC6111: Financial Management & Decision Making

MN6041: Project Management in Practice

AU5032: Marketing Technology Products

AU5011: Strategic Business & Operations Management

Entry Requirements

Level 8 qualification in any discipline.

Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.
Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received. It is highly advisable to submit a strong and thorough application in the event that short-listing for interview does take place.

In conjunction with the RPL policy of the University, this Specialist Diploma will consider previous experience as means of application through an ethical and transparent RPL process.

Training Provider Profile


The Management Development Unit (MDU) was established in 1995 at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, to meet the management development and leadership needs of public, private and voluntary sector organisations.  Since its establishment, it has been helping managers realise their potential by providing skills-based development programmes.

Professional Diploma in Management Practice