Leadership and Management Courses at the OU

The Open University offers a range of leadership and management courses, delivered by our tripe-accredited business school.

To complement our traditional undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, we have a suite of short, professional development courses called microcredentials. You can view all our courses below.

Microcredentials

Delivered on our social learning partner platform, FutureLearn. OU microcredentials are online professional development short courses with academic credit – designed to help you quickly build in-demand skills and knowledge to help you get ahead. Created by the OU, with many endorsed by leading industry partners, they take just 10–12 weeks of study and offer a perfect balance of OU academic excellence and workplace relevance.

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What you can study

Whether you want to enhance your skills or you’re looking for an exciting new career, The Open University offers courses that will open up a world of possibilities.

Microcredential
Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles (BZFM306)

Designed for non-financial professionals, this course will give you the confidence to analyse and use financial information effectively.

You’ll learn how to interpret the financial reports of any limited company, make sense of annually published financial accounting statements, and feel empowered to make informed decisions about business finances.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting (BZFM305)

This microcredential focuses on the principles of management accounting, giving you a solid understanding of the best practice approaches and enhancing your knowledge. It will help to inform your professional decision-making, improve your effectiveness and adapt your approach to solving business challenges. The course is designed for non-financial experts and no previous knowledge of accounting is required. You’ll gain skills that you can immediately put into practice.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice
(BZFM302)

This microcredential introduces you to the core principles of organisational practice. You’ll experiment with the latest theories to improve the performance of your organisation. Developing different techniques you’ll grow your management skills to benefit your team and be able to adapt to change successfully. You will approach work in a way that is ethical and promotes diversity and inclusivity.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice (BZFM301)

This microcredential introduces you to the core principles of marketing. You’ll cover digital and non-digital perspectives that will inform your professional decision-making, improve your effectiveness and adapt your approach to solving business challenges. Using practical examples of marketing in action, you’ll build a toolkit for creating products and services that meet your customers needs and that differentiate your product or service from your competitors.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Business Management: People Management and Leadership (BZFM303)

Learn essential tools and techniques to become an ethical and inclusive people manager. Discover your leadership style and gain in-demand skills to motivate others. Created by world-leading Open University academics, with insight from industry experts, you’ll develop the critical knowledge to support your organisation and meet your career aspirations.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Business Management: Project Management (BZFM304)

Develop effective project management skills and take your career to the next level. Whether you’re already involved in projects or looking to move into the field, this course will give you the skills you need to succeed. Learn how to manage, lead or participate in projects, anticipate challenges and opportunities, manage risk, communicate effectively, and gain the support of stakeholders. Aligned with APM’s Body of Knowledge 7th Edition, it is practice focussed, meaning you can apply what you learn to your own work immediately.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability
(TZFM320)

Develop your knowledge of sustainability, gain perspectives, skills and tools to transform your organisation’s response to the climate crisis, whatever your role or level. In this microcredential, you'll learn the latest science on climate change with inspiring case studies, and you’ll develop practical skills to be a catalyst for change to transform your organisation for sustainability.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Agile Leadership and Management
(TZFM850)

Designed in collaboration with the Agile Business Consortium, the global professional body for business agility, in this microcredential, you will explore agile leadership through nine key principles. You’ll discover the tools, techniques and behaviours of agile leadership and increase your confidence and practical skills to build, lead, support and empower highly engaged teams.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design (BZFM802)

This microcredential will help you to develop your knowledge of human centred management and organisational development, gain in-demand design thinking skills and learn how to design innovative processes with a person-centred approach. By employing a human-centred holistic design thinking approach, you’ll develop your emotional intelligence, cognitive, and social skills to the level required for the leaders of tomorrow’s workplace.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action (BZFM801)

This microcredential, targeted at managers, leaders and professionals from all types of organisations and sectors, engages learners in thinking about effective action in real world contexts of radical uncertainty. Drawing on the expertise of academics and senior business leaders, it offers both insights and tools for practice and a foundation for continued learning in your professional context.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Microcredential
Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning
(EZFM802)

This microcredential will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to develop your career as a leader of professional learning. Aimed at those working in a range of settings and contexts, you’ll reflect on the theory, research and application of mentoring and coaching and use real-world case studies to bring your learning to life and relate it to your own career. 

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
BA (Honours) Business Management (Marketing) (Q91)

You’ll develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and gain the necessary skills to use marketing techniques and concepts in the workplace.

Level: Undergraduate
Next start: October 2022

Qualification
Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (C66)

Gain a thorough grounding in the disciplines of team and project management, and the practical skills needed to be an effective, productive and reflective manager.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: November 2022

Qualification
MBA (Master of Business Administration (F61)

Our flexible MBA lets you fit your studying around working and with a business school whose triple-accredited status puts it in the top 1% worldwide.

Level: Postgraduate
Next start: November 2022

 

Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning

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Business Management: Project Management

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Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

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Business Management: People Management and Leadership

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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

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Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

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Online Teaching: Creating courses for Adult Learners

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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

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Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

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Agile Management and Leadership

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

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