Management (Certificate of Higher Education)

Year of entry



Central London and Stratford


Fully Approved


One to two years part-time, but up to four years 


Usually six three-hour evening classes or three full-day Saturday workshops per module

On Birkbeck’s Certificate of Higher Education in Management, you'll gain valuable insights into the practice of management, including the mix of attributes, skills and capabilities that successful leaders embody. We'll help you understand your strengths and how to capitalise on them, as well as developing in areas that need more work. This course provides an introduction to organisations, how they operate, their structure and culture, and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. You'll also learn about strategy, planning, people and change management and how to thrive and succeed in demanding, rapidly changing environments. 

This course will equip you with the transferable skills you need to become a confident, effective manager in an entry-level role, but it can also improve your effectiveness in your current position and it could help you make a career change or progress into a different career.

You can take modules as stand-alone short courses, or you can complete the whole certificate and use it as a route into undergraduate study: you can progress into the second year of Birkbeck's BA Management, BSc Business, or other undergraduate degrees. This course is ideal if you are returning to study after a break or if you are studying at undergraduate level for the first time. 


  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals. 
  • We combine the academic strengths and international reputation of a major graduate school in one of the UK's top universities with the practical benefits of evening teaching in central London and Stratford. 
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource, where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles required for your studies.
  • We offer a range of student support services.
  • Watch a video about studying with the Department of Management at Birkbeck.

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

On successful completion of this certificate of higher education, you can progress into Year 2 of Birkbeck's BA Management, BSc Business or other undergraduate degrees. You will need to complete any first-year modules on your degree that are not covered by this certificate. 

Course structure

All modules on this certificate can be studied as stand-alone short courses.

To be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Management, you must successfully complete eight modules. 

If you plan to progress onto an undergraduate degree, such as Birkbeck's BA Management or BSc Business, please replace any of the modules listed below with Mathematics for Business. 

Module groups