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PGCert Business Leadership

  • Study Mode: Flexible and Distributed Learning
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: 9 Months
  • Start Date: September 2022
Develop the business management and leadership skills needed to progress to the next stage of your career, learn how to navigate the challenges of an ever-changing business landscape and become a future business decision maker.
Our industry experienced academics have developed this programme to support graduates and professionals who are looking to gain a more rounded and in-depth knowledge into all aspects of business including, marketing, project management, strategic leadership and talent management.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Postgraduate Open Days

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

A Postgraduate Certificate in Business Leadership is perfect qualification for a graduate or early career professional looking to gain more insight into senior roles, responsibilities and business strategy. Studying a postgraduate certificate is also a useful way to find out if you want to go on to study a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in the future.

This programme gives you the opportunity to learn to read and translate global uncertainties and disruptive factors. Working with lecturers and other students you will build up your understanding of business management, international case studies, diverse scenarios and new business innovations.

The Postgraduate Certificate focuses on preparing tomorrow’s aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders to actively engage with and navigate the continuingly changing and often disruptive factors within the global marketplace.

Our programme has been specifically designed by our industry experienced lecturers to reflect the ins and outs of business and allow you to gather the business function and operations knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Once you join Buckinghamshire New University you become part of our vibrant and diverse community. We are dedicated and focused on ensuring you receive the best possible experience whilst studying with us. We know that everyone is different and our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you are treated as an individual and will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your Postgraduate Certification. We simply want to support you with building upon the experience you have gained in industry and expand your abilities so you can graduate with the relevant knowledge to take the next step in your career.

Staying up to date with latest industry trends and information is important part of our course. Our academics have a range of experience in the business sector and retain strong links to industry, providing you with the perfect chance to develop key skills, such as leadership, resilience and management.

BNU is all about you, our teaching is focused on what you need. We show you how to apply your skills to your own situation, make sure you gain skills that will make you stand out from the crowd, fuel your love of learning and give you professional business skills.

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What will I study?

We know that taking the next step in your career is can be an exciting but daunting prospect, studying a postgraduate qualification can be the perfect way to learn the vital knowledge and skills needed to advance whilst having the support of an industry experienced academic to help you put your ideas into action.

From developing talent to marketing strategy, and strategic leadership to project management, by the end of the programme you will have developed a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on organisations and leadership. You will be confident in your capabilities and be prepared for career advancement.

How will I be taught and assessed?

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, workshops, recorded talks, independent study and coursework to enhance the learning experience.

We set a variety of assessments across the programme; these include:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • case study analysis
  • contributing to online discussion forums.
Useful Information

PGCert Business Leadership Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants to the Postgraduate Certificate Business Leadership will normally have obtained an Honours degree (or equivalent). You will also be required to provide evidence of any work experience that you have completed. Applicants for the course will also be interviewed, either in person or via Skype.

If your first language is not English or your language of instruction at undergraduate level was not English you be required to demonstrate English proficiency at an overall score of IELTS level 6.5 (or its equivalent) and no score below 5.5 in any category. Find out more about our general entry requirements.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Marketing Strategy in an "Always-on" World

Leading, Managing and Developing Talent

Strategic Leadership

Project Management

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£2,840 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

We see your journey with us as much more than a qualification, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Take a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

On successful completion of this course you may choose to progress onto our International MBA programme.

Did you know?

We are one of the Top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

Course leader

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Dr Dorin Festeu
  • Senior Lecturer
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