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Graduate Diploma in Management

The Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) programme provides an analytical and rigorous management education which will enable candidates to acquire key knowledge and skills required for effective first and middle-level management.

Course Details

  • Duration: One academic year
  • Intakes: March/July/November
  • Lectures: Saturday/Sunday
  • Progression: Entry to Degree Final Year or Masters (in Sri Lanka or UK)
  • Academic Year: 2021

Entry Requirements

  • A Diploma from a recognised institution with a minimum of 2 years’ work experience and be above 23 years of age.
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Programme Aims & Objectives

The aim of the Graduate Diploma is to enable and encourage candidates to apply learning at work on operational to strategic issues, and to take actions using new skills and competencies.

Module Module Code Study Hours Credits Assessment
Management Fundamentals GDM 401 200 20 Exam
Managing People GDM 402 200 20 Open - book Exam & Individual Assignment
Managing Finance GDM 403 200 20 Exam
Marketing Management GDM 404 200 20 Project Proposal
Research Methods (Business) GDM 405 100 10 Group Presentation & Individual Assignment
Professional Project GDM 406 300 30 Professional Project

The importance of management theory; managing in a global environment; managerial ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); strategic and operational planning; fundamentals of organising; leadership in organisations; and the importance of control.

Structure, People, and Organisations; organisational culture; power and control; motivation; groups and team work; and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Corporate financial structure and regulatory framework; the environment of accounting; accounting framework; key financial statements; working capital and cash flow statements, management accounting information and interpretation; and investment appraisal.

Introduction to strategic marketing management; market oriented strategic planning; marketing research and scanning the marketing environment; consumer buying behavior and organisational buying behavior; target marketing; segmentation, targeting, positioning; service marketing; and integrated marketing communication.

Research process and selecting a suitable topic related to business or management; literature review; the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods; developing a research question and ethical considerations in research; and structuring a research proposal.

The Professional Project is the culmination of a candidate's learning process in the modules. It will allow students to complete a project report investigating a selected topic. The study undertaken should be built on knowledge, skills, and understanding acquired in the other modules.