Place management and leadership

Still time to enrol for 2018 entry 

Whatever the scale of the place being managed, the job of the place manager is getting ever more complex.  With more disruption in the retail sector, changes that are resulting from BREXIT, increasing pressure on the public sector, rising expectations from the private sector to deliver measurable economic impact and demands from communities for more liveable neighbourhoods, the role and responsibilities of a town, city or BID manager have changed considerably.

To support place managers, as well as the political desire for more transformational and inclusive place management, the Institute of Place Management offers a range of qualifications in place management and leadership. 

Applications for September 2018 entry are now being accepted.

The courses currently on offer are

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Place Management and Leadership (2 units and 6 months part-time study)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Place Management and Leadership (4 units and 15 months part-time study)
  • Master of Science in Place Management and Leadership (4 units, a dissertation and 24 months part-time study)

The courses introduce students to contemporary and critical perspectives about place management and development covering: principles of place marketing and branding, place leadership, governance and partnership development, place planning and development, placemaking, place intelligence and forecasting and an independent research project.

The courses are split into units.  Each unit starts with a 3-day masterclass in Manchester, which introduces the topic, the major theories, approaches, principles and practices as well as a programme of supportive reading and distance learning as well as the assignments for the unit.  Most of the course work is work-based, and students are encouraged to use the assignments as ways of exploring or solving current projects or problems they or their partnership are facing.

The courses are unique – there are no other place management and leadership qualifications on offer like these in the UK or internationally.  The course content is based upon the extensive research that has been undertaken at Manchester Metropolitan University, home to the Institute of Place Management.  World-leading research is supplemented by the experiences of expert practitioners.

 This is what some of the students like about the course.

“The interactive nature of the presentations and the teaching styles and methods”

“Learning various structures, frameworks and styles as well as reflective techniques and ideas to progress yourself and your work” 

“Knowledge of the lecturers is excellent and so easily given. It empowers you”

“The level of support and encouragement you get from the course team and classmates”

“The quality of the material we learn and the style of teaching”.

Entry requirements for the courses normally consist of a first degree but practical experience is a more important requisite.  Anyone wishing to find more about the postgraduate courses on offer through IPM should visit our website

Or contact Professor Cathy Parker