Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Financial Services via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 31 May 2024

Benefiting from over 30 years’ practical skills training experience, Fitzwilliam Institute’s Online Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Financial Services course features:

  • Comprehensive modules covering all aspects of management and financial services: Introduction to Management, The Evolution of Management Thinking, Introduction to Information Systems, Organisational Analysis, Strategic Management, The Strategic Manager, Qualitative and Quantitative Management Research, Financial Management, Accounting for Performance, Managerial Decision Making, Managerial Economics, HR Management, Leadership, Risk Management, Fund Administration, Lending Practices, Deposit and Non Deposit Related Financial Services, and many more.
  • Interactive course expert support, advice and guidance from leading industry professionals. Always ready to help and answer any questions you might have throughout the course, all of our course experts are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience across a broad range of industries. This course contains core and vital industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready.
  • Real life management and financial services briefs. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Financial Services offers practical and specific skills that can be applied in real world situations. You will gain exposure to invaluable toolkits and prepare real life management and financial services briefs, which will enable you to develop your work portfolio.
  • Flexible online learning. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Financial Services course can be completed in your own time, from the comfort of your own home, to suit your lifestyle. You will have full access to online resources and expert support for one calendar year. However, you can complete the course in as little as 10 - 11 months by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
  • Jobs, Networking and Volunteer Opportunities. Benefiting from many years of industry experience, Fitzwilliam Institute are extremely well placed within the industry. Employers are always looking for Fitzwilliam Institute’s students and alumni. Our website features a comprehensive jobs and volunteer opportunities section.

Introduction to Management

Defining Management; Innovation In Management; Management Skills; Management And Achievement; Management Roles; Types Of Organisations; Management And The Workplace; The Four Management Functions (Planning; Organising; Leading; Controlling);

The Evolution of Management Thinking

Management Perspectives; Historical Trends; Innovative Management Thinking; The Learning Organisation; Management Challenges; The Environment And Corporate Culture; The Organisation-Environmental Relationship;

Introduction to Information Systems

Introduction To Information Systems; Business Landscape; Contemporary Approaches To Information Systems; Impact Of Information Systems On Organisations And The Management Decision Process; Models Of Decision Making; Electronic Business; Ethics In An Information Society; Management Reporting Systems;

Organisational Analysis

Modern Organisations; Frameworks For Organisational Analysis; Analysis Of Structures; Organisational Cultures; Gender And Identity; New Directions In Organisation Theory And Analysis;


Strategic Management

Defining Strategic Management; Organisational Direction; Purpose Of Strategy; Generating And Selecting Strategic Options; The Strategy Management Process; Strategic Formulation And Implementation; Constructing The Strategy Plan; Macro And Micro-Environmental Analysis; Analysing Internal Resources And Capabilities; Organising Design And Strategy;

The Strategic Manager

Defining The Strategic Manager; Thinking And Acting Strategically; The Strategic Plan; Effective Strategic Processes; Ideas; Tools And Techniques; Operational Responsibilities; Change Management; Culture Change; The Business Plan; Analysing The Current Reality; Formulating; Evaluating And Implementing Strategy;

Qualitative & Quantitative Management Research

Methods And Techniques; Research Design; Data Collection; Data Handling Techniques; Methods Of Analysis; Research Reports; Analysis Of Variance; Diagnostics And Model Development; Introduction To Management Science Modelling;

Financial Management

Introduction To Financial Management; Principles Of Financial Management; Mechanisms For Financial Planning; Financial Management Tools And Concepts; Financial Decision Making; Techniques Of Financial Appraisal; Company Performance; Needs Of Stakeholders; Sources Of Finance;

Accounting for Performance

Managerial Accounting; Budgetary Planning And Forecasting Methods; Interpreting Budget Outcomes; Cost-Structure Analysis And Profit Calculation; Making Decisions On Pricing; Cost Control; Cost Reduction; Analysing Financial Viability;

Managerial Decision Making

Types of decisions and problems; decision making models; development of alternatives; engaging in debate;


Managing Human Resources

Human Resources; The Changing Nature Of Careers; Developing An Effective Workplace; Selection Process; Appraisal; Globalization; Cultural Competence; Managing Diversity; Flexibility; Uncertainty And Change; Review And Reflection;

Managerial Economics

Economics as a Theory Of Organisation; Demand And Supply And Equilibrium; Consumers And Markets; Strategic Interaction And Dynamic Competition; Uncertainty In Behaviour And Markets; Information And Efficiency;

Managing Change

Processes For Change; Creativity And Improvement; Managing Adaptive Organisations; Managing Diversity; Impact Of Change On People; Innovation And The Changing Workplace; New Products And Technologies; Exploration And Entrepreneurship; Changing People And Culture; Implementing Change;


Dynamics of Behaviour in Organisations

Human Behaviour; Personality And Individual Differences; Work Motivation; Decision Making; Rewards Systems; Leadership; Groups And Group Processes; Design Of Work; Organisational Culture And Creativity;

Motivating Employers

The Concept Of Motivation; Foundations Of Motivation; Motivating Others; Reinforcement; Job Design For Motivation; Empowering People; Giving Meaning To Work;

Effective Performance in the Workplace

Company Organisational Culture And Structures; Building An Effective Workforce – Recruitment; Team Selection; Appointment And Termination; Training And Appraisal; Motivational Strategies; Competition In The Workplace; Wage And Salary Administration; Job Restructuring;


The Nature Of Leadership; Leadership Versus Management; Leadership Traits; Matching Leadership Style With Situation; Power And Influence; Leading Change; Building A Network; Managing Team Conflict; Mentoring (Setting Goals; Measuring Progress; Taking Action);


Communication And The Manager’s Role; Types Of Communication; Building Communication Networks; Communication And The Different Stakeholders; Managing Organisational Communication; Internal And External Communication;

Project Management

Project management and strategy; defining and assessing the project; the project plan; work/costings/and timings; work breakdown structure; project resources; project schedules; managing the project process; effective delegation;

Project Management Software

Introduction To Projectlibre; Downloading & Installing The Application; The Projectlibre Screen Environment: Gantt Charts; Using Network Diagrams; The Resources View; The Work Breakdown Structure Chart; The Resources Breakdown Structure Chart; The Reports Screen; The Task Usage Detail Screen; The Resource Usage Detail Screen; The Histogram Screen;

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

Managing Creativity And Innovation; The Relationship Between Enterprise; Entrepreneurship; Intrapreneurship And Self-Employment; Setting Up An Organisation; Entrepreneurial Leadership; Managing Growth And Sustainable Entrepreneurial Organisations; Developing And Managing National And Global Business Networks And Other Key Stakeholders;


Managing Quality & Performance

Optimising Performance; Organisational Regulation And Control; The Meaning Of Control; Approaches To Control; Choosing Standards And Measures; Feedback Control Model; Financial Control; Trends In Quality And Control; Quality Control And Monitoring; International Standards;

Risk Management

Defining Risk Management; Categories Of Risk (Internal And External Risks); Identifying The Project Risks; Risk Analysis And Assessment; Qualitative Analysis (Fishbone Diagram; Classification Matrices); Quantitative Analysis; Introduction To Risk Planning; The Risk Register Output To Risk Identification; Avoiding Risk; Reducing Risk (Mitigate); Contingency Plans; Risk Acceptance; Risk Monitoring; Insurance; Planning For A Crisis;

Information Technology and E-Business

Information Technology And Management; Knowledge Management; Technology; The Internet And E-Business; Implementing E-Business Strategies; Going International;

Risk Management

Concepts Of Risk; Approaches To Managing Risk; Identifying; Analysing And Managing Risk; The Risk Management Framework; Risk And Decision-Making; Evaluation;

Management Marketing

Why Marketing Matters; Marketing Strategy Development; Marketing Research; Marketing And The Internet; The Influence Of Culture In Global Marketing; New Challenges For Global Marketing;

Managing in a Global Environment

Managing In A Global Environment; Factors Affecting Management Across Cultural Barriers/Global Organisations; Working Internationally; A Borderless World; The International Business Environment (Exporting; Outsourcing; Licensing; Investing); The Economic Environment; Resource And Product Markets; The Legal-Political Environment; The Socio-Cultural Environment; International Trade Alliances; Multinational Corporations;

Managing Ethics & Social Responsibility

Managing Ethics and Social Responsibility; Managerial Ethics; Criteria For Ethical Decision-Making; Corporate Social Responsibility; Sustainability And The Natural Environment; Responsibility;

Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

Introduction To CSR; The Arguments For CSR; Developing A Strategy For CSR; Incorporating CSR Into The Business Model; CSR And The Stakeholders; Implementing CSR; Measuring The Impact Of CSR;


Introduction to Financial Services

What are financial services, the financial services industry, types of financial services, roles of the financial system, functions of financial services, financial institutions, changes in the financial service sector, trends within the financial service, professional bodies, the financial services consumer.

Fund Administration

Shareholder services (Applications, Redemptions, Transfers), Trading (Principal Features, Market to Market, Margin accounts), Equities (Principle Features, Weighted Average / FIFO Cost Allocation, Realised and Unrealised Profits and Losses), Equities, Gilts/Fixed Interest Securities, Custody (Settlement Procedures, safekeeping, Corporate Actions, Income Collection, Taxation Services, Proxy Voting, Trustees), Valuations.

Lending Practices: Procedure and Policies

Lending policies and procedures, types of loans, managing credit risk, regulating lending, credit analysis, the lending process, the loan agreement, loan review.

Lending Practices: Providing Loans to Consumers

Features of consumer loans, consumer credit and protection code, financial planning, real estate loans, home equity lending, interest only and adjustable mortgages, credit card loans, laws and regulations, determining rate of interest, loan terms and conditions, evaluating consumer loan applications, credit scoring, the FICO Scoring System, bankruptcy.

Lending Practices: Providing Loans to Businesses

Lending to businesses, types of business loans, usage of loans, pricing, short term and long-term loans to businesses, analysing business loan applications, collateral and contingent liabilities.

Deposit and Non-Deposit Related Financial Services

Types of deposits offered by the financial services sector, setting interest rates, deposit related services and pricing, alternative non-deposit sources of funding, liability, determining cost, risk.

Investment Planning

Introduction to investment products and markets, fixed-income investments, savings accounts, marketable and nonmarketable government issues, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, preferred stock, common stock investments. Mutual funds, closed-end-versus open-end funds, types of funds, aggressive growth funds, international/global funds, growth and income funds, fixed income funds, equity income funds, sector funds, money market funds, traditional index funds, benefits and risks, iShares, MSCI funds, variable annuity and life investment products, benefits and disadvantages of variable annuity. Fixed-income security return, fixed-income security risk, buying and selling a bond, equity securities, equity return, equity risk, buying and selling stock, limiting risk, sale of mutual funds, asset allocation model, portfolio management, investment planning process, setting goals, life cycle, risk versus return, the investment portfolio.

Setting Up and Marketing Your Consultancy

Business Plan; Legalities; Setting Up; Marketing Strategy; Competitors; Promotional Tools;

Criteria for eligibility must be met in full prior to commencing the programme. For successful enrollment on the Postgraduate Diploma course, the minimum entry requirement is a prior Degree level qualification.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Professional Postgraduate Diploma qualification that is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today. Fitzwilliam Institute have developed and provided practical skills training courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management qualifications and certifications framework for over 25 years. The Institute of Commercial Management certifications and continual professional development training awards are recognised by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 31st May 2024

Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for two calendar years. However, you can complete the course in as little as 1 year, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.

Course Fees: 1995.00 EUR

To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute BGLS Ltd.

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