The first postgraduate qualification developed in the UK specifically for ecommerce professionals, has been launched today by internet research and training specialist, Econsultancy. The Postgraduate Internet Retailing Diploma has been designed in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Ian Jindal, editor-in-chief of Internet Retailing Magazine, to provide a unique combination of cutting-edge training delivered by industry practitioners, together with exceptionally high academic standards.

The two year syllabus, which is aimed both at individuals already involved in ecommerce plus those from a more traditional retail background, guides delegates through all aspects of internet retailing, from marketing, buying and merchandising, through to logistics, engineering and technology. In addition to training by leading ecommerce practitioners, the diploma is also closely linked to industry through the Leadership Council.

The course has been designed to allow delegates to fit it in around work with applications being accepted now for September 2009 entry.

Explaining why he became involved in developing the course, Ian Jindal, editor-in-chief of Internet Retailing Magazine said: “There was a very clear need for a professional qualification to help develop the next generation of ecommerce experts who will need to be knowledgeable, commercially minded and experienced. We’ve focused on helping deliver competitive advantage to the delegates by making the course directly relevant to industry.”

Craig Hanna, Training Director at Econsultancy said, “This diploma, along with all of Econsultany’s public training courses, has been designed to adhere to the highest possible academic standards. For this reason it will be hugely beneficial to the individual in addition to having credibility and meaning for any employer.”

For more information visit or contact Econsultancy at or +44 (0)20 7681 4099


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Econsultancy is a community where the world's digital marketing and e-commerce professionals meet to sharpen their strategy, source suppliers, get quick answers, compare notes, help each other out and discover how to do everything better online.
Founded in 1999, Econsultancy has grown to become the leading source of independent advice and insight on digital marketing and e-commerce.
Our reports, events, online resources and training programmes help our 80,000+ members make better decisions, build business cases, find the best suppliers, look smart in meetings and accelerate their careers.


Econsultancy is an award-winning online publisher of reports covering best practice, user experience benchmarking, market data, supplier selection, template files, trends and innovation aimed at internet professionals who want practical advice on all aspects of e-business.

Training, Learning & Development

Econsultancy operates a highly popular training division, used by the world's leading brands for staff education, both in-house and via public courses. We provide training across all areas of digital marketing and e-commerce and at all levels from accredited one-day courses to formal qualifications including postgraduate certificates and a Masters in Digital Marketing.


Econsultancy hosts over 100 events a year, including conferences such as the Online Marketing Masterclasses, Future of Digital Marketing and Digital Cream as well as regular Supplier Showcases, Roundtables, the annual Innovation Awards and a range of social events. attracts over 180,000 unique users per month where they access reports, read the blog and take part in discussions in the forums. Econsultancy members can link up with other members and digital suppliers through our directories, as well as find a new job or new digital talent using the job listings.

Published on: 8:50AM on 16th April 2009