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Professional Career Management in Practice

PG Certificate
Duration: 7 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: January
Faculty of Management & Law
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Strengthen your employability and develop your commercial awareness in this new programme, designed to kick start the careers of recent graduates.

Structured to work around you, the programme is:

  • part-time, taken over seven months
  • flexible, allowing you to fit your studies around any new career developments
  • commercially focused, offering placements and volunteering opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to link up with an employer, usually on an 8 to 12-week placement. This gives you an invaluable opportunity to build industry contacts, and apply the skills developed during your degree in a commercial setting.

If you need to enhance your professional experience, or have not yet decided on your future career path, this course will provide the tools and support you need to take the next step. You will benefit from an experienced team of career specialists, and will have access to the University's Career and Employability Service.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Why Bradford?

This postgraduate qualification gives graduates the competitive edge. The combination of teaching and real world experience means you get professional insight into marketing yourself and defining your career path. You can then apply this learning in a business setting.

Our team have extensive experience of:

  • preparing students to enter the employment market, or establish their own enterprise
  • working with employers both locally, regionally and nationally
  • coaching clients at times of labour market uncertainty

You have access to outstanding teaching and study spaces, and dedicated support and career services. You will be part of an international community of students and academics, engaged in internationally significant business management projects and research.

The School of Management has Triple Crown Accreditation. We provide engaging and innovative teaching and learning along with research which makes a difference to the world.

Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

Entry requirements

To access the course you should have a first degree from an approved University or an equivalent institution and at the time of joining the programme you would usually be in one of the following situations:

  • be unemployed
  • taking time out from work
  • thinking about a return to work

Graduates from the University of Bradford could be entitled to a fee waiver, depending on their year of graduation .

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This programme provides a bridge into the world of work for many graduates who are not quite ready to make the transition either due to their confidence levels, skills or have found it difficult to secure “graduate level” employment often due to a lack of work experience.

  • Professional Career Management (30 credits) core
  • Professional Practice on Placement (30 credits) core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

January 2018 start:

  • £2,100

UK graduates from the University of Bradford could be entitled to a fee waiver, depending on their year of graduation. Contact the Programme Tutor for further information (see 'How do I find out more?' section).

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

The Programme Leader is Dr Sam Rifet.

For all initial enquiries, please contact Aruna Bhardwaj:

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.