Our Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management provides you with the broad skills, capabilities and knowledge to initiate, plan, execute and monitor projects to achieve project objectives within the organisational and environmental constraints. This 1 year, part-time, hybrid programme is unique to the marketplace. It is delivered in conjunction with Velopi, our industry partner and is designed to provide you with an internationally recognised academic qualification from a leading global academic institution. This programme will also prepare you for professional accreditation in project management.
This programme is designed for those wishing to formalise their project management qualifications and to further develop their project management career. Students are exposed to cutting-edge research, critical thinking and toolsets. It also provides a balance of technical, managerial and interpersonal skills that maximises the impact of project managers in private, public and not-for-profit organisations. Upon graduation, participants will achieve a highly prestigious sought-after academic qualification plus the knowledge and skills to undertake the project management professional (PMP) exams from the Project Management Institute.
Classes are scheduled to run one night per week (online) and for a full day on Friday (in-person), typically once a month from September to May each year (full timetable provided in advance). Online seminars and activities are also utilised.
Modules (30 credits)
MG6810 Project Management Principles (10 credits)
MG6815 Management and Organisation (5 credits)
MG6817 Project Management Professional (PMP Certificate) Boot Camp (5 credits)
MG6831 Developments in Project Management (5 credits)
MG6832 The Effective Project Manager (5 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:
Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma) AND
At least 2 years of professional work experience
Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be given to applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria but who have significant senior professional experience in a related field such as engineering, construction, operations and software development.
All applicants are required to complete a supplementary form. Participants will be selected on the basis of the information supplied in their application and supplementary information. The University reserve the right to interview applicants to help make determinations.
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
What is your current occupation/speciality?
Assessment is through a variety of continuous assessment methods including individual and group projects, presentations, etc.
The teaching team on this programme comprises academic experts in the field of project management as well as a number of highly experienced practitioners.
1 year part-time.
Start Date TBA
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management, students should be able to:
Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective project management practice.
Apply practical tools, techniques and conceptual models in order to maximise the value of the project management process.
Critically appraise how projects contribute to an organisation's ability to realise its strategic goals and business benefits.
Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard.