Strategic Project Programme Management

Strategic Project & Programme Management is the most effective way to implement strategic initiatives because it bridges the gap between strategy and implementation.

This diploma provides a clear, concise and comprehensive description of project and programme management practice and its linkages to PMO and Portfolio concepts.

Moving from knowing how to manage a single project to managing a basket of strategically important projects demands confidence and understanding that only comes as a result of knowledge and experience.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Discuss how to influence the higher contextual aspects of projects.

Demonstrate the principles of project, programme and portfolio management and balance the portfolio with the strategic setting.

Explain the different types of Project Management Office (PMO), illustrate the functions of the PMO and how they could be constructed and choose a methodology and information system for the PMO.

Apply financial management as well as cost management concepts.

Design a negotiation strategy and conclude negotiated agreements.

Engage and effectively manage the expectations of stakeholders toward the success of the initiative.

Demonstrate in detail their strengths and weaknesses against each competency based on a knowledge and experience scoring evaluation

Establish a baseline plan for future career development and improvement of competences identified as being deficient.

Demonstrate their competencies in specific areas of project management.

Communicate project core messages to executives.

This course is perfect for...

Project managers or any professionals with approximately 3 years of experience

People with a common ambition to play a leading role in developing and implementing the project and programme management

Those who work both in the private and the public sectors in any size of organisations

Anyone from any industries such as Human Resource, Construction, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, Medical, Management, etc

Subjects taught

This course modules were designed to provide you with the concepts and techniques you need to use as a strategic framework to achieve the mission of the organisation.


Developing Strategic Thinking Competence
Organisational Project Management
Project Management Mastery
Developing a Project Management Office (PMO)
Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)
Project Portfolio Management Implementation
Fundamentals of Programme Management
Financial Basics for Project Managers
Strategy Design vs Strategy Execution
Benefits Realisation Management (BRM)
Governance for the Management of Projects
Project Management Complexity
Agile and Lean Management

Practical Case Studies
The programme uses case studies as an effective way to get you to practically apply your understanding of learned topics to a real-world situation. They are particularly useful to demonstrate how you can overcome complex situations where solutions are uncertain:

Project Portfolio Management Implementation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

A PMO Journey to Good Practice in the Financial Services Industry

Enterprise PMO in a Semi-state Climate Solutions Company

Entry requirements

A level 8 degree, or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.

If you don't have a third level qualification but have relevant professional work experience, you may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess your suitability.

Applications will be reviewed by the Institute's Admissions
Assessment Board. A CV will be required to check the eligibility.


Special Purpose Award Level 9, 15 ECTS on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications).


15 weeks



Enrolment dates

National College of Ireland
17 Feb 2020 - 25 May 2020

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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