Management (Certificate of Higher Education)

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

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements. You must have work experience in a responsible position and should also have a strong interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the goals of lifelong learning and personal development. 

    All modules are taught at first-year university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need help, we offer a range of academic English and language development modules. 

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • Fees


    Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose. 

  • Teaching and assessment


    Teaching consists of a series of lectures and practical-based workshops. Learning from organisational experience and private study both form an important part of the learning process. You are expected to attend at least 75% of classes. 


      All modules but one are 100% coursework, which may take the form of written assignments, in-class tests and individual/group presentations. The module Mathematics for Business is assessed via written examination and an in-class test. 

    • Careers and employability

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in management, local and national government, business or industry. This course can also be useful in becoming a chartered management accountant, human resources officer, management consultant or risk manager.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    • How to apply

      How to apply

      This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.