GradDip Management and Digital Innovation
World-class academic direction
The degree is developed, examined and assessed by academics at LSE, a federation member of the University of London and one of the world’s leading social science universities.
The analytical and communication skills you learn will help you pursue a career in information systems management, in a software house or in ICT management consultancy.
Boost your career prospects
Learn cutting-edge techniques and how to make the best use of innovation and social media in real-world professional settings.
Global alumni network
On graduation, you will join our global community of influential alumni, which includes leaders in business and industry as well as Nobel Prize winners.
Study without relocating
Study at a local teaching centre near you and gain a prestigious qualification. With no international travel, relocation or accommodation costs, studying a University of London programme at a distance is more affordable than coming to London to study on campus.
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General entry requirements
You complete four courses to complete the graduate diploma.
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The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
Study at a Recognised Teaching Centre
This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently.
If you prefer to study independently, a selection of programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics are available to study fully supported online.
Your study materials are available through the Student Portal and are specially written by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Student Guide and the programme handbook; online course materials for each course studied; past examination papers and examiners’ commentaries; and Programme Regulations containing full details of syllabuses, programme structures and degree classification criteria.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.
Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.
LSE Academic Co-ordinators
Dr Steve Smithson is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems for the Department of Management at LSE. He specialises in e-commerce and the use of information systems within organisations, and has published regularly on information systems since the 1980s.
About the LSE Summer School
LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.
Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to earn credit equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.
Full details and how to apply are available on the LSE Summer School website.
|Programme starts||November 2023|
To be eligible for this Graduate Diploma programme you must have one of the following:
- an acceptable Bachelor’s degree
- an acceptable Master’s degree (or any other appropriately accredited Level 7 award) provided this is at least one year full time in duration
- an acceptable Level 5 or Level 6 award (such as an HND or Graduate Certificate) provided this is at least one year full time in duration. In addition applicants must submit evidence of at least two years relevant work experience.
- GCSE Mathematics (Grade A – C) or equivalent.
English Language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
Do I meet the language requirements?
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need to be able to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
Can I transfer credits from other awards?
If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You may apply for APL for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route of the degree only.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2022-2023 session, and are effective from 25 January 2022. These may be increased by up to five per cent per annum.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||£107|
|Initial registration fee||£1214|
|Further registration fee for Law options (per course)||£66|
|Examination entry fee per half course||£183|
|Examination entry fee per full course||£366|
|Online examination fee*||£10|
|Continuing registration fee||£554|
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*The online examination administration fee is charged for each examination paper held online, including resits. This does not apply to any coursework submissions. This fee will be charged at the point of exam entry and is in addition to the exam entry fee listed above.
You will also need to budget for:
- Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
- Teaching centre tuition costs
- Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.
We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.
This diploma will help to prepare you for careers in management, management consultancy and financial management if your first degree is in a different field. It could also help you to gain entry to master’s programmes in this field.
Graduate Diplomas will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which is valued in management-related roles.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.