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Diploma Business Continuity Management

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: 30 Weeks
  • Start Date: April, September, November 2023 and January 2024
The course is suitable for those who are currently working in, or have the potential to work in, a key role where they have responsibilities for ensuring the business can continue to operate effectively, during, or after a non-destructive or disruptive incident.
It is a natural career step for those who have learned the fundamentals of business continuity, and want a formal qualification to recognise their knowledge or to become members of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).
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Advance in your career with one of our professional courses. Read our Application Guide for everything you need to know about applying to BNU – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.  

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We understand that when it comes to deciding to study for a professional qualification, there’s a lot to consider. Come along to our Professional Open Day to meet the course team and get all your questions answered.

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Life at BNU

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first and will support you every step of the way. You can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, impressive industry links, and valuable networking opportunities, helping you to enhance your skills and bolster your career prospects.

The Business Continuity Institute

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. It is the world’s most eminent BCM institute and is instantly recognised as standing for good practice and professionalism within continuity and related industries.

The wider role of the BCI is to promote the highest standards of professional competence and commercial ethics in the provision and maintenance of business continuity planning and services.

This short course is taught by the University’s academic team, who have strong industry and academic experience in business continuity management and associated resilience disciplines. The tutors consult closely with industry and sector practitioners through the BCI.

Diploma students can apply for free BCI Student membership for the duration of their studies to access a range of resources available in the BCI Members Area.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?  

This course:

  • provides academic recognition – earn an officially recognised academic qualification in business continuity.
  • fits your schedule – distance-learning allows you to schedule studies when they work for you. You can communicate with tutors online.
  • provides membership status – after completing the Diploma, you could be eligible to apply for MBCI or AMBCI membership.
  • provides proof of expertise – DBCI is evidence of an in-depth knowledge of business continuity.

This is an online learning and educational programme consisting of three 10-week modules.

You are expected to complete the modules in sequence achieving all three before the Diploma can be awarded. Guidance and advice is provided to students by the module tutors via email, telephone and or VoIP (Skype).

Learning material is accessed via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) ‘Blackboard’ and library where the VLE will incorporate adaptive release sub-modules which will be provided to students on a weekly basis and supported by extensive electronic files, audio video resources and linkages to the Business Continuity Institute online presence.

What will I study?

Module 1: Business Continuity Management Best Practice and History The aim of this module is to contextualise learning and knowledge of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle, its context and history. In particular the Professional Practices (1-6) and how they shape the management aspects of Business Continuity: PP1: Policy and Programme management, PP2 Embedding BCM in organisational culture and the four technical elements; PP3 Analysis, PP4 Design, PP5 Implementation and PP6 Validation. You are encouraged to explore business continuity practices within your own organisation (or one which you are familiar with), to complete the tasks for this particular module.

Module 2: Business Continuity Management – Emerging Solutions This module provides the opportunity to research the practice of business continuity in more detail. You are encouraged to develop a detailed academic approach to your studies, by researching, reviewing and analysing a range of current and predicted BCM and resilience issues. In this phase of the Diploma you will be encouraged to develop the ability to present arguments, and theories via a range of formative tasks.

Module 3: Business Continuity Management – Essay You will have the opportunity to identify a topic associated with business continuity to produce a paper based to demonstrate the ability to analyse, review and evaluate secondary research findings. The paper should also present recommendations and conclusions based on related theories to support a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You are expected to participate in formative activities aimed at developing knowledge and understanding of Business Continuity, leading to the completion of the summative assignment at the end of Module 1 and 2. Module 3 provides the opportunity to research a particular area in more detail with the submission of a final assignment essay.

We have been placing staff on the Buckinghamshire New University BCI Diploma for a number of years now, I attended the very first course. Every year we have had at least three people attend. This has helped us globally standardise on a methodology and the language used, something that isn’t achieved in the typical one week course. Combined with a progression path within the BCI and the course’s continuous evolution, I believe we will maintain this relationship for many years to come.
Neal Mullen Head of Operational Resilience, Arvato Finance BPO
Useful Documents

Diploma in Business Continuity Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

There are no formal pre-entry requirements for the Diploma, although you will be required to demonstrate an acceptable standard of written English.

Applicants who have been out of the education system for some time and who wish to focus on developing a career in business continuity management are welcomed.

If you have specific questions about entry requirements or any other elements of the course please email louisa.berry@bucks.ac.uk or paul.breed@bucks.ac.uk.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Business Continuity Management Best Practice and History

Business Continuity Management – Emerging Solutions

Business Continuity Management – Essay

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,500 per year

Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,500 per year


International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,500 per year

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

Upon completion of all three modules you will receive a ‘Certificate’ endorsed by Business Continuity Institute and Buckinghamshire New University to confirm the successful completion of the BCI Diploma in Business Continuity Management. A ‘transcript’ will also be provided by the University as evidence of the marks awarded for each module and the successful completion of the Diploma. Holders of the BCI Diploma in Business Continuity Management, who can demonstrate 3 or more years’ experience as a BCM practitioner, may then apply to become a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI). BCI Diploma in Business Continuity Management holders with 1+ years’ experience may apply to become Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI) upgrading to MBCI once they have sufficient experience.

Subject to additional requirements students who successfully complete the BCI Diploma in Business Continuity Management will be eligible to apply for the University’s MSc in Organisational Resilience.

Did you know?

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Course leader

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Paul Breed
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