Course Overview

The Diploma in Management is aimed at students who seek a management qualification to develop their careers. Students will be equipped with key concepts, knowledge and skills to enable them to embark on a career in management. Graduates may be employable in a range of industries and sectors. 

Applications and Selections

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Applications for this course run on a two-year cycle. There is no intake in September 2020. Applications will open for this course in April 2021.



Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, online activities and block release workshops during the semester.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, English language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Management but applicants should possess a good level of computer literacy.

*If you are under 21  you will be asked to fulfil the matriculation requirements for NUI Galway. These are available in our FAQs section.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

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Course Outline

The modules in this Diploma provide a solid foundation in the principles and practice of effective management. This Diploma is ideal for students who wish to:

  • Understand the principles of contemporary management
  • Enhance their leadership capability
  • Understand management’s role in achieving organisational outcomes and success
  •  Develop their critical thinking, analysis and decision making skills
  • Understand the role of organisational psychology and behaviour in organisational effectiveness
  • Develop essential negotiation and management skills
  • Apply this knowledge to a wide range of organisational settings

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through a combination of:

  • Podcasts
  • Screenshots (a digital recording of computer screen output)
  • Live online lectures
  • Reading material and assignments
  • Online discussion
  • One three-day workshop in Year 2

 There are six modules on offer within the diploma structure.  Students are required to complete three modules each year.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (15 Credits)

Required MG1001: Contemporary Management Thought

Semester 1 | Credits: 5

The primary objectives of this course are as follows: - To introduce you to the key tasks of management: planning, leading, organising, and controlling - To examine the challenges of modern management; entrepreneurship, ethics and corporate responsibility, managing change - To provide an understanding of the management of different types of organisations in different business and global contexts
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the key functions of management and the manager
  2. Have an understanding of the various contexts in which managers operate, and how these contexts affect the management function
  3. Have an appreciation for the challenges faced by mangers in contemporary times.
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG1001: "Contemporary Management Thought " and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG7102: Leading and Managing People

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This course provides a solid foundation to the study of Leading and Managing People. The material delivered and presented highlights the practicality of the issues involved in work and employment, and specifically in managing and leading people. People management is essentially about leading and managing people in a way that both maximises and rewards the contribution each individual makes in the organisation. This course introduces content such as recruitment and selection of employees, how to reward, employment terms and conditions, leading and developing talent, international HRM, and other facets of managing the employment relationship.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the main functions of the People Management function, including identification of the key activities and theoretical basis of HRM
  2. Discuss employee resourcing and development, including planning, recruitment and selection, and rewarding employees
  3. Evaluate the employment relationship, including equality in the workplace, learning and development, and employee wellbeing.
  4. Develop understanding of leading people in an international context, and the corporate social responsibility of the organisation.
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Human Resource Management: A Concise Introduction" by Carbery, R., & Cross, C.,
    ISBN: 9781137009395.
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
The above information outlines module MG7102: "Leading and Managing People" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required AL1111: Critical Thinking

Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The module will introduce learners to the concept of critical thinking and its associated skills and applications. Participants will learn about the basic concepts of critical thinking, what it means to think critically, how to think critically and why critical thinking competence is valuable. It will endeavour to build the necessary critical thinking skills required for academic research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe skills and dispositions associated with critical thinking
  2. Evaluate the structure, strengths and weaknesses of arguments, with respect to their credibility, relevance, logical strength, balance and bias
  3. Draw reasonable conclusions through the gathering of credible, relevant, logical and unbiased information
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to real-world tasks such as: argumentation, verbal reasoning, hypothesis testing, judging likelihood and uncertainty, and problem-solving
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Critical thinking skills. New York:" by Cottrell
    ISBN: ISBN023028529.
    Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
The above information outlines module AL1111: "Critical Thinking " and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 2 (15 Credits)

Required MG8103: Organisational Psychology and Analysis

Semester 1 | Credits: 5

(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the major behavioural science disciplines that contribute to OB while identifying the challenges and opportunities managers have in applying OB concepts.
  2. Recognise and describe how organisations manage diversity effectively.
  3. Identify early theories of motivation and evaluate their applicability today
  4. Give examples of various motivation models and evaluate how these can measure motivation.
  5. Define the stages of group development and demonstrate how groups exert influence on individual behaviour.
  6. Contrast groups and teams and analyse the growing popularity of teams in organisations.
  7. Describe the communication process and distinguish between formal and informal communication.
  8. Define the characteristics that create and sustain an organisation's culture.
  9. Describe the communication process and distinguish between formal and informal communication.
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
  • Department-based Assessment (60%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG8103: "Organisational Psychology and Analysis" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG8101: Management Skills

Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Management Skills is a module designed to help you to apply the knowledge that you are developing through your other modules. It is based on the premise that how you act in a business setting is often as important as what you know. Because management requires such a wide range of skills, all managers need to regularly assess their skill competency. Through self-assessment exercises and a learning journal, this module will encourage you to begin a process of selfevaluation that should continue throughout your career. Although they are called ‘management’ skills, many of these are ‘social’ skills. To be a good manager, you need to work well with colleagues at various levels within your organisation. This module will encourage you to evaluate your behaviour, to change your behaviour and to assess the impact of that change. Management skills can be developed in a variety of ways. Within work, you may seek additional training or changes to your job so that you can acquire and practise different skills. Further education provides opportunities to improve your analytical, communication and team skills, to name but a few. Outside of work, you may pursue voluntary activities that require skills that you do not use on your job. This module will encourage you to design strategies that you can use to develop your skills inside and outside of work.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Use methods of self-reflection to evaluate personal performance and professional development
  2. Assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills that impact on workplace performance
  3. Design strategies to build on strengths and continue skill development
  4. Use skills to resolve real and case-study problems
  5. Constructively engage with classroom colleagues to understand, accommodate and manage individual differences
  6. Demonstrate your progress through the assignments developed by your tutor
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Developing management skills" by Whetten, D. & Cameron, K.
    Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
The above information outlines module MG8101: "Management Skills" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MK8104: Negotiation Skills

Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Negotiation is a dialogue to discover common ground among parties with differing aims, needs and perspectives in order to achieve a solution that as far as possible meets people's interests. It is a process by which parties pursue a mutually acceptable outcome, which typically involves elements of creativity and compromise. Negotiation Skills explore how two or more parties with competing interests discuss and manage issues so as to attain an agreement, settle a matter of mutual concern, or resolve a conflict. Negotiation is a valuable leadership and management skill, which is employed in a wide range of business contexts, such as contracts, deal-making, employment discussions, team building and disputes. Negotiations occur in commercial, non-profit and governmental organisations.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Comparing distributive and integrative negotiations, as well as identifying the sub-process of negotiations.
  2. Distinguishing between interests and positions, as well as outlining the elements of principled negotiations.
  3. Applying active listening techniques and investigating the joint outcome space through BATNA, ZOPA and anchoring.
  4. Exploring the agent-client dynamics in negotiations and crafting solutions via standards and persuasion.
  5. Managing hardball tactics and non-engagement, as well as identifying ethical issues in negotiations.
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In." by Fisher, R & Ury, W.
    ISBN: 13: 978-18479.
    Publisher: Random House Business.
  2. "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" by Stone, D, Patton, B & Heen, S.
    ISBN: 13: 978-06709.
    Publisher: Viking Reissue
The above information outlines module MK8104: "Negotiation Skills" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Further Education

This course may provide a progression route to the part-time Bachelor of Commerce (Online) should graduates wish to progress to degree level. Exemptions will be granted for the academic work completed for the Diploma.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in Management is aimed at students who wish to develop their careers in a range of business and management roles.  Students will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to embark on a career in management or enhance their capacity to perform in current management roles. This course is also suited to self-employed managers seeking to add value to their organisation.

The course may provide an opportunity for students to progress to degree level qualification.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,000 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,500 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

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Louise Coyle
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns’ Island, NUI Galway, Galway
Tel: + 353 91 495786



 What Our Students Say


Sharon Deering |   Graduate

My skills, knowledge and competence have certainly been enhanced through engaging in this course of study. I am a better Manager as a result and I now have the theoretical understanding and evidence-based research to support why I am choosing a course of action. The learning activities challenge you to really look at yourself as a Manager and to apply the learning in the workplace.


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