From market manager to place manager  - the IPM/NABMA Postgraduate Bridging Unit

NABMA is committed to professionalising the markets industry and that is why it launched the hugely successful Diploma in Market Administration, with the Institute of Place Management, the sector's professional body.  The Diploma sets the standards for market management in the industry and over 120 people have successfully completed the course. In the time we have been offering the course, the role of markets has changed considerably. Markets are now recognised as important anchors in town and city centres and are important spaces of regeneration. Therefore, the role of the market manager is changing - from one of asset manager to place manager. This means playing an important role in place partnerships, such as Business Improvement Districts and understanding how the market offer shapes, and can be shaped by, the overall vision and strategic plans for a location.

To support market managers with this transition, NABMA encourages you to continue your professional development and enrol for a Post Graduate Certificate in Place Management and Leadership. To support you, NABMA and IPM have developed a special bridging unit (From Market Manager to Place Manager) that will introduce you to study at postgraduate level, complete a Masters level assignment and use your Diploma in Market Management to get Advance Standing for the Postgraduate Certificate (or Diploma or Masters).

How does it work?

NABMA market managers with DMA study a one-day introduction to postgraduate study at MMU (from Market Manager to Place Manager).  Summer 2020. This introduces students to the relationships between market management and place management. Advanced conceptual and study skills. Presenting and communicating ideas. Critical thinking and building arguments. Research and analysis. Cost £395

Students are given a Masters-level assignment to complete, after the one-day session, with tutor support. Assignments are due in September 2020. Cost £250

The first bridging course will take place on 16th July at Manchester Metropolitan University. Book your spot today


Credit towards a Postgraduate Qualification

NABMA members..  If you are a member of NABMA with at least 5 years experience, who has completed the NABMA Diploma and the new IPM Bridging Course, you can qualify for Advanced Standing on our postgraduate courses in Place Management and Leadership. Applicants must be at least associate members of the Institute of Place Management.


30 credits. Apply through Direct Admissions, mark ‘Advanced Standing’

MSc (Advanced Standing)

  • 2 x taught units from a choice of 3 (60 credits)
  • Place Intelligence and Forecasting (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

For PG Dip (Advance Standing)

  • 1 x taught unit from a choice of 3 (60 credits)
  • Place Intelligence and Forecasting (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)

For PG Cert (Advance Standing)

  • 1 x taught unit from a choice of 3 (60 credits)