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Postgraduate Diploma in Business

Developed by London School of Business and Finance as an initial qualification for students aiming to embarks on a career in one of a wide range of industries, and/or for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in a subject allied to Management.

The credits gained by achieving the Postgraduate Diploma in Business may enable progression to University of Canada West (UCW) MBA programme, and the skills learned equip students for entry to a career in industry.

Programme Aims

The Postgraduate Diplomain Business Studies aims to provide students with:

  • The eligibility to progress into the UCW’s MBA programme.
  • An understanding of basic theories and concepts of the subject area, and the ability to communicate these accurately to a range of peers.
  • Gain skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts.

Whilst the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies may be a first step towards obtaining the UCW’s MBA, holders of the Postgraduate Diploma will be equipped to enter employment successfully in today’s competitive business landscape.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business should be able to understand and apply, within the employment context, theories and concepts from 3 management areas:

  • Economics
  • Business
  • Business Statistics

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Have a foundation for understanding contemporary business issues;
  • Describe the concepts in management;
  • Develop skills to analyse real world business issues;
  • Demonstrate enhanced capability in analytical, diagnostic, investigative and writing skills.
Mode of Delivery

Lecture, Tutorial, Case Study, Class Discussion, Group Work Project, Presentation, Computer Exercises

Course Duration

Full Time Classes: 6 Months
12 lesson x 3 hours

Part Time Classes: 6 Months
10 lesson x 3 hours
3 hrs per lesson x 2 lessons per week

Course Intake

Full Time & Part Time Classes: January, April, July, October

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age:
21 years or above

Minimum Academic Entry Requirement:
Local and International students MUST have

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimal score of 60%  

Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:
Both local and international students MUST fulfil the minimum English language entry requirement of one of the following.

  • Achieved grade C6 or better in English language in GCE O level;
  • Completed LSBF Preparatory Course in English Advanced Level;
  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band score no less than 6.0

Students with non-standard entry requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to approval of the Academic Board.

Module Synopsis

Business and Academic Writing
Students will learn to compose written documents and presentations that will help them succeed in MBA coursework and the workplace. Students will learn to analyse context and audience, to determine purpose and message content, and to integrate effective visual design and media in order to create written workplace communication that can be received, understood, used and retrieved efficiently, quickly, and accurately. Coursework will include the research and writing of correspondence, reports, proposals, project plans, social and digital media communications, and technical descriptions as well as the preparation and performance of oral presentations for use in the workplace as well as the classroom.

Quantitative Skills for Business
Students beginning MBA studies often require an introduction or re-introduction to basic quantitative skills (e.g. basic algebra, statistics) that are important to core MBA courses like accounting, economics, finance, operations and project management. Topics include the basic tools and techniques for understanding and utilizing quantitative information for business decision-making.

Business Fundamentals
This course examines different forms of business organization along with an overview of the typical business functions of production, marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance. Students will explore organizational structures; different operational management opportunities; business processes; how businesses are financed; business and risk; corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employees; and business law.

Economics from a Business Perspective
This course introduces students to the fundamental economic principles and their application. The first part of the course covers micro-economics topics such as: 1) Opportunity costs and the gains from trade, 2) The elements of supply, demand, and elasticity, 3) Price regulation and taxes, 4) Consumption, production and costs, 5) Pricing and market structure, 6) Government policy in market economy, 7) International economics. The second part addresses macroeconomics issues that include: 1) Economic growth, savings, investment and financial system, 2) Money, banking and prices, and 3) Macroeconomic fluctuations and stabilization. 

Attendance Requirements

International Students: 90%
Local, PR, non-student pass: 75%

Assessment, Graduation and Awards

3 of the 4 courses adopt forms of continuous assessment.  Only Business Fundamentals has a final term paper.  All courses include marks for participation (between 14 to 20%), and quizzes. 

Details of each module assessment is described below

Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%. If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt.

Graduation and Awards
Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course to receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Business certification.

Teacher Student Ratio

1 : 40

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