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Management Practice - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 7
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose Award
Fees€2000 per year See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date26th July 2024 -subject to place, demand and availability
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

Blended - Online Classes and In Person Workshops. See Course Practicalities for Further Details

Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

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The Diploma in Management Practice will introduce students to key theories and skills related to the practice of management within their own organisation through the lens of self, team and the organisation. The programme is designed to introduce participants to key management principles, best practices and practical ready-to-apply tools in order to help students build their own managerial skill-set, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation.

The programme has a core focus on people management and will address issues such as employee relations, conflict resolution and HR planning. It will also introduce students to key areas such as managing finance, marketing, strategy and decision-making.

Year 1: Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

  • MG1848: Introduction to Management and Managing Yourself (10 Credits)
  • MG1849: Managing People (10 Credits)
  • MG1850: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills for Managers (5 Credits)
  • AC1802: Introduction to Managing Finance (5 Credits)

Year 2: Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

  • MG2804: Leading Teams (10 credits)
  • MG2805: Introduction to Marketing (5 Credits)
  • MG2806: Effecting Change (5 credits)
  • MG2807: Management in Practice Project (10 credits)

Year 2 of the Diploma in Management Practice will be subject to numbers.

Please see below a short introductory video about the course. 

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Helena O Connor at 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Louise Fleming at 

Course Practicalities

Online lectures will be scheduled Tuesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) from mid-September to the end of May. Certain lecturers may release pre-recorded material to be viewed in advance of the lesson with a shorter live lesson then taking place on the Tuesday evening.  We also have six full day (10am to 4pm) workshops on campus per Academic year. The programme is wholly assessed via continuous assessment.

Why Choose This Course

This broad programme will offer students the opportunity to develop greater self-awareness in order to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses. It will allow them to integrate core people management principles into their own practice to improve their performance as a manager and to work more effectively with colleagues and staff. In order for participants to instantly apply their learning to their workplace and make improvements in the day-to-day management of their organisation, this skills-based programme is delivered with a highly practical focus in a very participative environment. Through engaging in class discussion, role-play, case study analysis and group tasks, students will gain practical tools to enhance their own performance as managers.

Who Should Apply

  • The programme will be particularly valuable to managers in any sector who have had little or no formal management training and want to strengthen their managerial capabilities through the completion of a formal third level management qualification that is highly practical in its orientation. 
  • It is also suitable for people working in non-managerial roles who wish to improve their career development in preparation for future management roles


  • For those working in non-managerial roles who want to progress into management roles in the future, this course will equip them with the necessary skills to do so.
  • For those already in a management role, this will re-skill them in necessary areas and provide a qualification to support existing experience.
  • Graduates of the Diploma Management Practice often go on to study the Postgraduate Cert in Project Management or the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management.


Applications will be accepted from candidates who:

  • Are over 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • AND hold a level 6 qualification


  • Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates may be invited to interview by the programme team to assess their suitability for the programme.

Fees and Costs

€2000 per year

A limited number of places for year 1 of this course only are available under the Springboard+ initiative which provides fee subsidies of 90-100% for eligible applicants. Successful candidates will graduate with a level 7 Certificate in Management Practice. Graduates who wish to progress to year 2 in order to obtain a level 7 Diploma may do so on a full fee paying basis. For more information on Springboard+ and to apply under this scheme, please go to

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

When you are applying for the above course you will need to to select Start a new Adult Continuing Education Application and then select ACE Continuing Education (ACE at UCC) as the Academic Level and ACE Part-Time Courses as the Course Type.


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