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Diploma in Management Studies DMS


Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), is designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base.

The usual route to the DMS is via the Postgraduate Certificate in Management or through the possession of an equivalent qualification such as the Chartered Management Institute's level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, or a masters in another discipline.

On successful completion of the DMS students can proceed to MPA or MBA with accreditation of prior learning against four units. Students progressing on the Executive MPA will be eligible for a fee discount.

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Award Winning: Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award win (Times Higher Education Awards 2016).
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Professional Accreditation: The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion of your academic degree, you also get CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Professional Links: The Business School is an accredited CMI Centre and is one of few academic institutions to be a corporate member of the Institute of Business Ethics.
Practical approach: As an academic course it has been designed to incorporate practical experience you bring to the class-room.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
January; September
Southwark Campus

Case studies


  • Management and leadership
    Focuses on leadership as a personal quality and on the process by which people empower themselves and influence others positively.  Includes an introduction to coaching.
  • Strategic human resource management
    A critical review of the key cultural and HR management themes across organisations.  Encourages the students to challenge the status quo.
  • Enterprise and business planning
    Covers the key entrepreneurial, marketing and financial skills to create
    and present a convincing business plan either in the public sector or profit environment.
  • Projects and operations management
    A strong focus on effective and efficient implementation of projects and
    activities.  Includes lean management.

Residential weekend

A residential weekend takes place in Semester 2. It is essential for all DMS students and is focused on the development of management coaching skills.


Modules are assessed by assignments, two per module. It is a requirement of the course to attend and contribute to the residential weekend.

As part of the ever evolving curriculum, all lecturers on the course strive to ensure that assignments are relevant and innovative, firmly linking them to the needs of you and your potential employers.  As part of your studies, you'll take part in a weekend residential where you'll engage in various activities that have practical and theoretical use.  As part of your learning you'll undertake an improvement project directly linked to your work.  This project is guided by a lead management expert. These activities link across the entire curriculum. 

Modules are assessed using two types of assessment: Formative and Summative;

Formative assessment is any process whereby we concern ourselves with the process of learning and academic progress in order to assist development and knowledge acquisition, but without conferring a formal mark.Throughout the course there are various formative mechanisms, including group-work activity, learning diaries, action learning sets and the day to day advice and support from tutors and colleagues.

Summative assessment refers to the formalised marking of work, through examinations and the assessment of assignments. Although it is ultimately the summative assessments which confer a result, we intend that the formative processes should enhance the prospects of that result, and its meaning. Present students tell us that this shared engagement with learning has added considerably to their knowledge and confidence.


If you are not already working in a managerial role, upon completion of this course you'll have certainly increased your chances of securing such position. This course provides a broad understanding of the organisation and how it works with clearer insight into the diversity of cultures and preferences within a team. You'll also posses a greater ability to assist others in development and address performance problems with a clearer understanding of the needs of 'customers' and stakeholders. 

Students have come from a vast variety of industries and both private and public sectors.  These have included individuals from various managerial positions within the NHS, local government, private companies within the entertainment, finance and other industries

Academic progression 

Students who successfully complete the programme become members of the professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and often progress on to a masters degree such as the MPA or the MBA

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Thor Ingvarsson

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Lecturer; Lead for Staff Enterprise, School of Business

Thor is a lecturer in the Division of Management, Marketing and People. He is also the Lead for Staff Enterprise in the School of Business. He specialises in management, leadership and motivation, with interests in business ethics.


Teaching and learning

You'll be supported throughout your studies and have access to lecturers for 1-2-1 meetings and guidance.  There is an active use of LSBU's Virtual Learning Environment, where all lectures and seminar activities are made available, along with other support materials, such as articles and reference materials. You'll be able to discuss any concerns they have during lecture and seminar sessions and will be encouraged to seek assistance and further clarification on topics and/or assignments.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be in management roles with responsibility for a team of staff and/or for managing outcomes and functions. Typically students on this course will therefore have had several years in a management or supervisory role.

The students usually come from a range of sectors and sizes of organisations; this is a positive benefit in allowing learning and comparison of sometimes vastly different organisational practice. The same issues apply to DMS applicants with the entry requirements referred to above.

Certificate in Management or equivalent (including the Chartered Management Institute's level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership).

Alternatively, a masters qualification and a minimum of two years experience as a supervisor may be accepted.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 7Session code: 1PS01
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 7Session code: 1PS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

At LSBU, you will be required to provide:

  • Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
  • Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
  • Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Core reading and recommended reading

  • Burk Wood, Marian (2009 or latest edition), The Marketing Plan – A handbook, Prentice Hall
  • Atrill P. & McLaney E. (6th Edition 2009, earlier editions are acceptable), Management Accounting For Decision Makers, FT Prentice Hall
  • McDonald, Malcolm (latest edition), Marketing Plans – How to prepare them, how to use them, Butterworth Heinemann / CIM
  • Stutely, Richard (2002 second edition) The definitive business plan, FT Prentice Hall
  • Browaeys M-J & Price R, (2011) Understanding Cross-cultural Management, FT / Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, Ch 9
  • Johnson G, Scholes K & Whittington, R. (2014) Exploring Corporate Strategy, Text, Pearson, 10th edition, Chs 5 & 14
  • Ed, Rees. G & Smith. P E (2014), Strategic Human Resource Management, Sage: Ch 11, Zhang. C and Iles. P, Organizational Culture
  • Ed, Wilson, John P (2012, 3rd Edition), International Human Resource Management, KoganPage: Ch 4, Wilson, JP, Change management and organization development
  • Amabile, TM & Kramer, SJ (2011) The power of small wins, Harvard Business Review, May
  • Murphy, N (2011) Employee engagement survey 2011: increased awareness but falling levels, IRS Employment Review
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