• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Thirty Weeks
  • Start Date: April 2018

Course Overview

The Business Continuity Management Diploma (DBCI) is designed to cater for professionals who are seeking acceptance into the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) at the level of Member (MBCI). 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. 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.
  • Membership status – DCBI is a certified BCI membership grade. After completing the Diploma, you could be eligible to progress to MBCI or AMBCI level.
  • Proof of expertise – DBCI is evidence of an in-depth knowledge of business continuity.

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 also welcomed.

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.

This programme is eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

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

"We have been placing staff on the Bucks New University BCI Diploma for a number of years now, I attended the very first course. Globally we have standardised on this course for all of my team, regardless of their background, experience or qualification. 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

Course Details

The BCI BSM Diploma 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 the opportunity to engage in online live sessions is also available.

Tasks and Assessments

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.

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 – Research Paper
You will have the opportunity to identify a topic associated with business continuity to produce a paper based to demonstrate the ability to analysis, 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.

Upon completion
You must achieve all three modules to successfully complete the Diploma and 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. You will also receive the designation of DBCI from the Business Continuity Institute, and holders of the DBCI, who can also demonstrate 3 or more years’ experience as a BCM practitioner, may then apply to become a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI). DBCI holders with less than 3 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.

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. 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.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU: £2,500

Part Time International: £2,500

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

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow