Fourth Year +4

Full-Time Post-graduate Diploma: the Business Plan year

The aim is to train managers with practical skills who are able to adopt a holistic approach and make informed, reason-based decisions.

  • Lessons from Monday to Friday between September and late March
  • End-of-year placements lasting at least three months
  • This programme is intended for candidates who have completed 180 ECTS credits

Objectives of this year of study

  • Learning to develop a comprehensive Business Plan
  • Learning to think and act correctly and “doing the right thing right”
  • Developing leadership and strategic vision to become a business leader
  • Developing a taste for entrepreneurship.


During this year of study, students complete 800 hours on a full-time basis between September and the end of March. The programme consists of five modules, covering the basics of management. Subjects including strategy, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurial ethics, corporate finance and financial markets are taught in theoretical lessons, and students also undertake company visits, conferences and study trips.


The compulsory placement commences in April and lasts for three to six months, giving participants a fully immersive experience within a professional team. This placement can be completed in France or abroad, and provides an essential opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts in practice. 

Structure and contents of the year of study

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  • Accounting (basics for new students)
  • Financial policy
  • Stock markets
  • Financial ethics
  • Management control
  • Investment project management

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Corporate Environment
  • Corporate law
  • Methodology and research
  • Economic analysis
  • Entrepreneurial ethics
  • Business intelligence

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  • Human resources
  • Social ethics
  • HR ethics
  • Leadership seminar

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Strategy and Marketing
  • Visual communication tools
  • Strategic management
  • Marketing intelligence
  • Qualitative market research
  • Communication ethics
  • Communication strategy
  • Communication policy

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Cross-cutting Subjects
  • Themed seminars
  • Study visits
  • Business plan
  • Placement
  • Personal branding

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