You’ll be eligible for this postgraduate certificate by satisfying the following academic, work experience and language requirements.
The modules that you study for this certificate are also compulsory modules in both the MBA (F61) and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (E80). It is possible to claim the certificate, the diploma and the MBA.
There are three ways to meet the academic requirements:
1: Bachelors degree with honours
You'll need to have a bachelors degree with honours awarded by a UK university or equivalent.
2: Bachelors degree without honours
You'll need to have a bachelors degree without honours awarded by a UK university or equivalent and you'll need to have completed either:
3: No Bachelors degree
- the discontinued OU module Managing 1: organisations and people (B628)
- three of our Business Management microcredentials*
- the GMAT examination and achieved a result of 640 or higher.
If you don’t have a bachelors degree you'll need to have completed either:
- the OU Professional Certificate in Management (S01)
- six of our Business Management microcredentials*
*Four Business Management microcredentials are currently available and a further two are planned for this academic year. See our Microcredentials page for further information.
Work experience requirement
You’ll need to have gained a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, technical or professional role.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
Acceptance onto the programme
You’ll be required to show how you meet these requirements. This will include your CV and proof of qualifications, including English translations of non-UK degrees. Evaluation of the evidence will take place before you’re accepted onto the programme.
If you would like to discuss making an application and require further information, please call The Open University Business School information line on +44 (0)300 303 0065. Lines are open (UK time): Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:30.
How long it takes
The minimum time to complete this qualification is six months by studying both 30-credit modules at the same time. Please note to complete within six months, you will need to be able to devote 20-25 hours a week to your studies.