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Individual Development

…. where personal knowledge is expanded, understanding is deepened, attitudes are refined, skills are honed and performance, professionalism and potential are enhanced.

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Welcome to the Individual Development facility at Marshall Gurney Institute

Our aim is to provide every enrolled person with all the facilities for developing his/her personal management performance, professionalism and potential.

When enrolling with the Institute you can either choose Self-Development, where you manage all your own studies using the range of learning resources and tools available in the Institute.  Or you can choose Professional Development, where you can engage the services of a tutor/mentor.

You can also choose your level of ambition. Through Self-Development you can earn Certificates of Achievement which publicly recognize and reward your new achievements. If you choose Professional Development you can also earn Credits for each completed Learning Module, which can be transferred to a higher professional award consistent with UK and International standards and which you can use to demonstrate your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

For more information on these options, read the sections below.

Development Programmes

Self-Managed, Self-Development Programme +

Self-Managed, Self-Development Programme

To undertake self-managed, self-development you need to purchase a Personal Access Licence.  This will provide you with full open access to all the Institute’s learning resources (content and tools) needed for implementing a personal self-development programme.  As an enrolled member, you also have access to our Coffee Shop where you can meet (virtually) and talk with fellow students and our faculty members about any aspect of management and management development.  In some subject areas there are also 'subject-specific' forums for more detailed discussions.  You can request access to these forums or, if one does not exist, you can set up your own.

To understand how you learn with Marshall Gurney Institute, we suggest you read the paper How to Learn which you can access here or from the button on the Home Page.  This paper will give you more information on how to get started and the three learning modes available to you:

  • Library mode – in this mode you use our vast repertoire of learning content as a very large source of knowledge on a full range of management and business subjects. You are encouraged to browse wherever you wish and, to help you do this, we have provided hyperlinks between our articles so that you can follow themes from one article to another.
  • Search mode – in this mode you can use our powerful search engine to find the information you require. Or you use one of the search macros e.g.
    • Topics – which automatically groups knowledge into common subject areas
    • Top Ten Tips – which provide rapid access to information on any one of around seventy common management activities
  • Structured learning mode – in this mode you can follow one of our structured pathways which provide a defined learning activity with pre-set learning outcomes. Each pathway is designed around an average 20 hours of study and comes complete with exercises to monitor your learning progress and measure your achievement at the end.

Marshall Gurney Institute design is based on the premise that individuals will take responsibility for managing their own development in terms of choosing what they wish to study and when they can or will study in terms of their personal work/life/learning balance.  However, we also recognise that there are times when a student would like to have the support of a personal tutor.  We recommend that students become familiar with the Institute and its learning methods and resources before requesting the services of a tutor.  For those who do wish to work with a tutor, full details of the facilities available are provided after enrolment.

As an enrolled student with Marshall Gurney Institute you become a member of a vibrant and rigorous learning community.  As with all such communities, the more you engage with and contribute to the community, the more you will benefit from being a member.  If you have any questions, the first port of call is always the Locus Coffee Shop.  If you cannot get an answer to your query there, you can always contact the Institute Director via the Contact Us page or via

Access Licences must never be shared as the Locus maintains individual learning and achievement records.  By purchasing a Personal Access Licence you are agreeing to Marshall Gurney Institute Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policies and Code of Conduct, copies of which are available here.  Your personal data is collected and stored for Marshall Gurney Institute purposes only and will not be sold of shared with any third party organizations

A Personal Mentor

When undertaking professional development you are strongly recommended to work with a personal mentor who will be able to provide you guidance and counsel throughout your studies.  Marshall Gurney Institute does not provide personal mentors but guidance on appointing a mentor is available here.

To set up your personal web-based learning project, please enrol here or anywhere you see a blue Enrolment button

Professional Development Programmes +

Professional Development Programme

Undergoing Professional Development with Marshall Gurney Institute is based on your successfully completing one or more formal learning modules. You can complete as many modules as you wish and will be awarded a professional Development Certificate for each successfully completed module.

A full list of eligible modules and their grades is available here.
The grade or academic standard of each module is specified on the list and an explanation of the grades is available in the Qualifications and Grades Framework which is available here

To complete a module, it is necessary to complete each of the following three elements:

  • a formal learning Pathway– Pathways are accessible in the Locus Learning Centre from either the Pathway link in the top menu or the Advanced Pathway link in the left menu.  Each pathway will require approximately 20 hours of study and you can begin your study simply by selecting your chosen Pathway from the lists.  To successfully complete your Pathway, you must achieve or exceed the pass mark (75%) in the Comprehension Exercise at the end.  The exercise is assessed automatically as soon as you submit your answers and you will receive immediate feedback of your result.  You may complete the exercise as often as you wish and the Locus will always remember your last answer.  You will be required to complete other exercises within the learning pathway and these will provide you with feedback during your learning so that you can understand what progress you are making.
  • a period of work-based learning– Work-based learning is implemented by actively applying your newly acquired knowledge to your normal work situation with a view to testing its application for development of your own and/or your team’s work performance.  In addition, you are required to reflect on your experience of applying your new knowledge, evaluating how well it has worked, what you would reinforce or change in the future and thinking about how you feel about the change in your behaviour. This reflective process generates immediate feedback to yourself which enables you to enhance your learning.  To implement the reflection process, the Locus provides an on-line Reflective Learning Journal which is accessible from the left menu.  To successfully complete your period of work-based learning, you must undertake 60 hours of learning and to evidence this by providing at least one substantial entry (minimum 750 words) in your Journal for each week of your studies in the Module.  Guidance on how to implement and manage work-based learning is provided as well as on how to complete a Reflective Learning Journal.  Please note that these 60 hours of work-based learning are concurrent with your normal work and NOT additional.
  • an assignment – After completing your formal and work-based learning, to complete your module you are required to research, write and submit an assignment for assessment.  Assignments are designed to assess how well you have assimilated your new knowledge and how well you understand how to use it to good effect.  Assignments may be in any format but typically they will require an essay response, the design and delivery of a presentation or an analysis and report of a case study.  The whole process of researching and completing your assignment will take approximately 20 hours

Tutor Support
When you enrol for a Certificate of Professional Development you will be allocated a personal academic tutor.  The role of the tutor is threefold:

  • to provide initial guidance and counselling on your study plans for completing your CPD module
  • to supervise your study progress as you undertake each element of the module
  • to make the initial grading assessment of your Comprehension Exercise, your Reflective Learning Journal and your Assignment.

At all stages during your studies, your tutor will have supervisory access to your exercise results and your reflective learning journal and may make comments on your progress and/or the quality of your work.

Please note that your tutor is not your teacher.  He/she will supervise your learning.  Your learning comes about through studying the materials in the Locus, reading books, talking with others, and reflecting on your new knowledge and how you are using it.

You have a maximum of three hours access time with your tutor during the period of studying your module and this will always be via email contact unless you and your tutor make any other private arrangement.  Please note that in addition to your tutor support you have unlimited general faculty support and peer support via the Locus Coffee Shop and any content/collaboration groups of which you are a member.  You are strongly encouraged to make use of this additional facility.

A Personal Mentor

When undertaking professional development you are strongly recommended to work with a personal mentor who will be able to provide you guidance and counsel throughout your studies.  Marshall Gurney Institute does not provide personal mentors but guidance on appointing a mentor is available here.  Further guidance may be available from your tutor.

Planning your learning
The regulations for the award of a Certificate of Professional Development set out a maximum of eight weeks study time for each module and a minimum of four weeks.  Each of our modules has therefore been designed to be completed in six weeks of part-time study and you should therefore plan your learning on this basis.  The six weeks accommodates different rates of learning or interruptions to your study programme.  However, it is important to note that assignments cannot be accepted earlier than four weeks after your registered start date nor later than eight weeks after this date.  In case of difficulties it is important to contact your tutor at the earliest possible opportunity.

Getting started
You can start studying for your Certificate in Professional Development as soon as you wish, simply by going to the Locus and starting on your chosen pathway.  However, at the same time you should also contact your tutor – you will have received his/her contact details when you enrolled for your programme – to agree your registered start date and to establish the communication process.

Self-Study Option

Although the information above is based on students utilizing a tutor to support their learning, it is possible to undertake the studies without the services of one of our tutors.  This will definitely reduce your fees but you will still be required to pay for the assessment process in addition to your Personal Access Licence.    Click here for information on access and assessment fees.

Other Information

It may be useful to read the section on Self-managed, Self-development for further guidance on how to study with Marshall Gurney Institute.  We would also encourage you to read the paper on How to Learn

Enjoy your studies …. and don’t forget to join your colleagues in the Locus Coffee Shop

Certificates of Achievement +

Certificates of Achievement

Marshall Gurney Institute offers three types of Certificate of Achievement:

  1. Certificate of Completion - awarded when a student completes a formal structured learning pathway within the Locus Learning Centre and achieves a pass mark (minimum 75%) in the Comprehension Exercise at the end of the pathway.
  2. Certificate of Achievement - awarded when a student completes a formal structured learning pathway and achieves a pass mark (minimum 75%) in the Comprehension Exercise at the end of the pathway and achieves a pass mark (minimum 50%) in the tutor marked assignment associated with the pathway.
  3. Certificate of Professional Development - awarded when a student completes a formal structured learning pathway and achieves a pass mark (minimum 75%) in the Comprehension Exercise at the end of the pathway and submits a satisfactorily comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal for tutor assessment and achieves a pass mark (minimum 50%) in the tutor marked assignment associated with the pathway.

All of our Certificates are graded to comply with the UK National Qualifications Framework and are offered at benchmark levels of 3 and 5 with some programmes also available at levels 4 and 6.   Levels 3 and 5 are equivalent to pre-university(A/AS Levels) and Foundation Degree respectively in academic terms or supervisor/junior manager and middle manager/senior manager in business/organizational terms.

A full list of the certificates available, with their grade level, can be accessed by clicking here.   Descriptions of the standards at each level are available here.

Guidance on how to submit assignments for assessment and on the conditions for accepting assignments for assessment is provided in the Locus but students’ attention is drawn, in particular to four conditions:

  1. The fee for assessing an assignment must be paid in full before any assignment is returned to a student
  2. Only one re-submission per assignment is allowed
  3. There are no time constraints on when an assignment is submitted for Certificates of Completion or Achievement.  Time constraints for Certificates of Professional Development are as specified in the previous section.
  4. Students are required to certify that any assignment submitted for assessment is all their own work and complies with the Marshall Gurney Institute policies on plagiarism, passing off and substitution.

For information on fees for Certificates please click here.

Diagnostic Tools +

Diagnostic Tools

Marshall Gurney Institute provides a range of diagnostic tools to help students identify and prioritise their personal studies.  Full information is available in our Diagnostic Centre.

Enjoy your studies …. And don’t forget to join your colleagues in the Locus Coffee Shop

Fees +



To enrol and study with Marshall Gurney Institute it is necessary to purchase a Personal Access Licence.  This Licence provides the purchaser with unrestricted access to all the publicly published learning resources within the Institute for the period of the licence.

Personal Access Licences are available for a fixed period of 12 months or on a rolling monthly subscription with a minimum initial period of 3 months.

One year Personal Access Licence = £400

Rolling Monthly Subscription Personal Access Licence = £40 per month*

*minimum initial subscription = 3 months (billed monthly)

All individual fees payable by debit or credit card only

To enrol and purchase your Personal Access Licence, click the blue button below.

For information on additional fees for General Certificates, CPD Modules or Tutor support facilities, please click here

Enjoy your studies …. And don’t forget to join your colleagues in the Locus Coffee Shop

Enrol Here +

Enrol Here

To enrol with Marshall Gurney Institute where you will have complete access to all our learning and development resources, simply click the button below to complete and submit your registration.