IMI Diploma in Management

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The IMI Diploma in Management is a nationally accredited and internationally recognised postgraduate programme with a simple goal.

It will provide you with a comprehensive, intensely practical and critical overview of best-practice management in a broad range of areas. Throughout the programme you will build practical managerial skills and deliver genuine bottom-line value for your organisation.

The IMI Diploma in Management is widely recognised for its innovative approach to learning. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to practically apply your learning directly to areas of interest within your organisation. Emphasis is placed upon combining classroom teaching with a creative mix of action learning, class discussion, case study analysis and individual and group activities.

Who This Programme Is For

  • Experienced managers who wish to update and formalise their management knowledge
  • Experienced functional specialists who wish to broaden their management knowledge
  • Executives who intend to develop significant professional careers in general management
  • Owner / Managers of SMEs


Pathway Options

 Masters in Business Practice


  • Duration: 18 days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 11 November 2019
  • Modules: 6
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IMI Diploma in Management

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Next Programme Start Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 20, 21 & 22 November 2019

Module 2: 18, 19, 20 December 2019

Module 3: 22, 23, 24 January 2020

Module 4: 26, 27, 28 Febtuary 2020

Module 5: 25, 26, 27 March 2020

Module 6: 29, 30 April & 1 May 2020


Next Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1: 11, 12 & 13 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17 & 18 December  2019

Module 3:  22, 23 & 24 January 2020

Module 4: 26, 27 & 28 February 2020

Module 5: 25, 26 & 27 March 2020

Module 6: 29 & 30 April, 01 May 2020


Programme Impact

By completing the IMI Diploma in Management you will:

  • Enhance your practical capabilities and confidence as a contributor to your organisation’s management team
  • Develop your understanding of the major management functions and best management practice
  • Deliver significant return on investment for your organisation, by applying best-practice tools and techniques in your day to day work
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge required of a modern professional manager
  • Be able to analyse and understand the fundamental driving forces of business and the determinants of success
  • Learn the language and thinking behind contemporary best-practice management
  • Develop a deeper understanding of people, their behaviour at work and the culture of organisations
  • Formalise and enhance your business qualifications
  • Widen your professional network
Programme Content

The IMI Diploma in Management incorporates six core subjects, covering the essential areas of contemporary management. Typical subject content is indicated here.Each subject has a dedicated faculty expert responsible for integrated content delivery. The faculty group combines a blend of real world business experience and technical expertise that is unique to IMI.

Business Strategy

  • Creating sustainable competitive advantage in challenging environments
  • Conducting strategic analysis
  • Integrating strategy, leadership and change

Financial Management

  • Practical finance, understanding balance sheets, profit and loss
  • Financial strategy and breakeven analysis
  • Using ratio analysis for measuring organisational performance

Organisational Behaviour

  • Effective leadership and organisational culture
  • Motivating individuals and groups
  • Organisational and individual change
  • Building effective teams


  • Developing a marketing philosophy
  • Effective market analysis
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning techniques
  • Building a branding strategy

HR Management

  • Developing and implementing HR strategy
  • Evaluating your organisation’s HR processes
  • Integrating leadership and HR

Organisational Communications

  • Influencing through professional presentations
  • Mastering the art of body language
  • Developing excellent listening skills
  • Handling critical conversations
Programme Features

Class Diversity & Networking

Each year the IMI Diploma in Management attracts a uniquely diverse cohort of experienced managers from a wide range of industries and backgrounds who are intently focused on broadening their knowledge and developing their skills. Throughout the year you will work closely with your class colleagues in team activities and organised study groups. You will leave the programme of business contacts and friends.

Executive Coaching

During the programme you will have the opportunity to undertake a one-to-help you develop a bespoke personal action plan to help support and accelerate your professional development.

Guest Seminars

In addition to regular classes, guest seminars from visiting of the programme. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to analyse and discuss issues of contemporary concern with seasoned business experts.

Personal Development

IMI executive education is about more than developing hard business skills and substantive knowledge. A crucial aspect of developing your ability as a manager is learning about yourself.During the programme you will undertake a psychometric self assessment instrument to help you understand more about yourself and empower you to increase your effectiveness at work.

Unique Faculty

IMI faculty have a unique blend of academic qualifications and real world business acumen. This combines with their unrivalled business experience working with practicing managers to create a truly dynamic classroom experience.

Action Learning

IMI’s teaching methods feature intensively practical classroom exercises and accelerate the transfer of learning back to the workplace.

Return on Investment

As part of this programme, you will undertake a comprehensive audit of your organisation’s business functions and management processes. You will evaluate current activities against international best practice, and make prioritised recommendations for change – delivering significant return on investment for your organisation.

Participant Testimonials

“The IMI Diploma in Management was ideal for me as despite my work experience, I hadn’t got a formal business qualification. Completing the programme has been extremely beneficial for me at work as I now have a much greater understanding of how the business operates on a day-to-day basis.”
Jonathan O’Flynn, Digital Channel Manager
Bord Gáis Energy

“The IMI Diploma in Management is a fantastic programme which covers all the important facets of management. It is fast-paced, comprehensive, rooted in practicality and results focused.”
Sean Douglas, Store Director / Optometrist
Specsavers Limited

“The IMI Diploma in Management is a great learning environment – a fantastic class of professional people and the faculty made great efforts to make the material relevant. It has delivered huge learning – and added significantly to my skill set and confidence.”
Trevor Mooney, IS Program Manager
Dalkia Limited

“As a small company owner I was apprehensive about taking on the IMI Diploma in Management. Right from the start the programme team made me feel involved and helped me adapt. I have gained more than I ever imagined from the programme and would highly recommend it to all SME owners. The faculty were extremely helpful and the programme is really practical.”
Stephen Finlan, Managing Director
Hyspec Limited

Payment Options

For 2019, the IMI offers promotional rates* and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2019 intake of IMI Diplomas. We offer all our IMI Diploma participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI Diploma by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance before the start of your fourth module.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

Reflective Integrated Assignment

Completion of the MBS in Business Practice pathway is contingent on participants completing the RIA (5 credits) capstone assignment. Guidance is offered through a compulsory one-day facilitated workshop and ongoing support and access to the IMI Knowledge Centre is also provided at a cost of €650. Payment is due on acceptance of Diploma three.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email


*Pricing subject to change

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of fourteen IMI Diploma Programmes and BRP.

By completing either of the four pathways below within a five year timeframe, you will earn the required amount of credits to be conferred the title ‘MSc or MBS in Business Practice’, ‘MSc in Data Business or ‘MSc in Digital Business’. The IMI Masters of Business Framework is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.


How does it work?

Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the IMI’s suite of fifteen IMI Diploma programmes.
Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing achieving an overall grade average of 2.1.
Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project or a third IMI Diploma of your choosing and a Reflective Integrated Assignment (RIA).

Separate to their individual pathways, it must be noted that the IMI Diploma in Data Business Part 1 or the IMI Diploma in Digital Business Part 1 can be taken as the first, second or third diploma in the journey towards an MSc in Business Practice or MBS in Business Practice.


A key feature of the IMI MoB Framework is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all required steps and attain the Masters. Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the taught element of the IMI MoB Framework in as little as 18 months. You must complete all elements of the IMI MoB Framework within five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI MoB Framework is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the programme, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefits from your participation.

Who is eligible?

Participants are required to provide evidence of relevant work-based learning at a management level and / or should hold a relevant academic qualification at primary degree level.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact or Freephone 1800 22 33 88.

A candidate’s suitability for the programme will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and / or relevant professional experience. Each applicant will be firstly required to comprehensively complete the IMI “Portfolio of Learning” form. A primary degree from a recognised third level institution (NFQ level 8) will typically be required with at least 3 years relevant industry experience, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

Alternatively, at least 5 years relevant experience at an appropriate managerial level is the requirement where the degree is not in the appropriate area. This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at management/team leader level.

Each proposed candidate will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person or by phone. The IMI Registrar’s Office will oversee all applications and the final decision on any application rests with the Registrar.

All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The English language requirement for this programme is an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Successful participants will be awarded both the IMI Diploma in Management and the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Management. The Postgraduate Certificate qualification is validated and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork and is a Level 9, Minor Award on National Framework of Qualifications. By completing this programme you will also earn one-third of the credits required to be awarded the Master of Business qualification.

Next Programme Start Dates: Dublin

Module 1: 20, 21 & 22 November 2019

Module 2: 18, 19, 20 December 2019

Module 3: 22, 23, 24 January 2020

Module 4: 26, 27, 28 February 2020

Module 5: 25, 26, 27 March 2020

Module 6: 29, 30 April & 1 May 2020


Next Programme Start Dates: Cork

Module 1: 11, 12 & 13 November 2019

Module 2: 16, 17 & 18 December  2019

Module 3:  22, 23 & 24 January 2020

Module 4: 26, 27 & 28 February 2020

Module 5: 25, 26 & 27 March 2020

Module 6: 29 & 30 April, 01 May 2020


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