Project Management

The Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management aims to equip participants with a broad perspective of project and programme management including technical, managerial and business skills. The programme is supported by academic and expert practitioners who deliver a curriculum that is relevant, current and research informed.

The user of interactive seminar and workshop formats, case studies, group and individual exercises support the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills. The programme ensures that participants understand project management in an organisational context through the emphasis on strategic alignment and the management of resources.

Why Choose This Course

This programme covers key competencies in:

Technical and people focused project management knowledge, skills and abilities.

The application of management frameworks to strategic decision making and resource appraisal

Managerial, interpersonal and technical skills that maximise the impact of project managers in private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Using interactive seminar and workshop formats, participants engage in case studies, group and individual exercises in order to develop their decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Ensures that project management is understood in its organisational context by emphasising strategic alignment and the management of resources.

Entry requirements


Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:
1.Have a 2.2 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma) AND
2.At least 2 years of professional work experience

Consideration 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.

Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate they have attained IELTS Level 6.5 with no individual score of less than 5.5. Additional, approved English language qualifications currently accepted at UCC can be found by clicking here.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

This programme is assessed through a variety of continuous assessment methods including individual and group projects, presentations, etc.

Subjects taught

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Year 1:
MG6810 Project Management (10 credits)
MG6811 Strategy, leadership and change (10 credits)
MG6812 Innovative problem solving and decision making (10 credits)

Year 2:
MG6813 Current Issues in Project Management (10 credits)
MG6814 Realising strategy through programme management (5 credits)
MG6815 Management and Organisation (5 credits)
MG6816 Research methods (5 credits)
MG6817 Project Bootcamp (PMP Certification) (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.


2 years part-time

This is a 2-year part-time programme. This programme is delivered in conjunction with Velopi and is unique to the marketplace and provides candidates with both internationally recognised academic and professional accreditation in project management.

The programme combines university-level modules on Project Management, Strategy, and Leadership in addition to preparing candidates for PMP accreditation. 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.

Classes are scheduled to run for a full day every second Friday and every second Saturday (some) [9 a.m. to 1 p.m. approximately] from September to June each year (full timetable provided in advance). Online seminars and activities are also utilized.


Fees and Costs Year Fee

Total €9,500
Year 1 €4,500
Year 2 Part 1 €4,500
Year 2 PMP Certification €500

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment dates

Start Date September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

On successful completion of this programme, 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.

Appreciate the use of management and leadership skills in the conduct of projects of various size, scope and complexity.

Critically appraise current issues, trends and challenges in Project Management theory and practice.

Prepare a viable research proposal for future research.

Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard.

Graduates to date have tended to move onto/continue to work in technical areas including medical devices and pharmaceuticals, mid-level management roles in the food and beverage sector, public sector and charities.

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    PGrad Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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