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The objective of the Postgraduate (Level 7) Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification is to develop strategic management and leadership skills for managers who have the authority and personal attributes to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. This qualification reflects current practice in Strategic Management and Leadership and allows learners to develop and expand their high-level understanding of strategic management and leadership in the workplace. This qualification is suitable for mature learners with a background in academic study or industry. The qualification has a clear work-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside theoretical fundamentals.

Successful completion of the Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification will equip learners with the key skills and capabilities to become an effective strategic manager. The qualification also allows learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study towards an MBA with advanced standing.

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification

  • Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

  • Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.

Qualification structure

The Postgraduate (Level 7) diplomas on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university to achieve a full masters programme.

Mandatory units: 
  • Information Management and Strategic Decision Taking

  • Manage Team Performance to Support Strategy

  • Strategic Direction

  •  Leading a Strategic Management Project

  • Strategic Planning

  •  Development as a Strategic Manager


This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach that combines online resources face to face workshops at our training centre in Telford. We are also able to arrange to arrange training workshops in London, subject to cohort size. The programme is also available for 100% online delivery.

Intake Dates and Application Deadlines

  • October / November  - Application closes 17th October

  • January / February  - Application closes 17th January

  • April / May  - Application closes 17th April

  • July / August - Application closes 17th July



6 months

International Students

This course is open to students on the student visitor visa route. 

Fees and How to Apply

Please visit the fees page for the current fees. To apply for this course, please complete an online application form.

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