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Project Management

The Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management, delivered in conjunction with Velopi, provides candidates with both internationally-recognised academic and professional accreditation in project management. The modules equip participants with a broad perspective of project and programme management including technical, managerial and business dynamics. The programme is supported by academic and expert-practitioners who deliver a curriculum that is relevant, current and research-informed. 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. This ensures that project management is understood in its organisational context by emphasising strategic alignment and the management of resources.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management, students should be able to:
1.Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective project management practice.
2.Apply practical tools, techniques and conceptual models in order to maximise the value of the project management process.
3.Critically appraise how projects contribute to an organisation’s ability to realize its strategic goals and business benefits.
4.Appreciate the use of management and leadership skills in the conduct of projects of various size, scope, and complexity.
5.Critically appraise current issues, trends and challenges in Project Management theory and practice.
6.Prepare a viable research proposal for further research.

Classes are scheduled on Fridays 2-6pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm from September to June each year. Full day (9am-6pm) workshops will also be scheduled on occasional Fridays (on average every 6-8 weeks).

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from experienced managers and professionals with: A NFQ Level 8 qualification in any discipline (Honours Degree or Higher Diploma) or an appropriate professional qualification.
At least 2 year's significant professional experience/responsibility in a related field such as engineering, construction, software development and operations. Candidates without an NQF Level 8 award are eligible to apply if he/she holds significant senior professional responsibility/experience in a related field such as engineering, construction, software development and operations.

Applications will also be considered from graduates with a NFQ level 8 qualification in any discipline who do not meet the professional experience requirement. In these instances, the teaching team will arrange suitable workplace access for students to complete assignments. Please note that such candidates will not be required to sit the PMP examinations. A Selection Committee may seek to interview applicants to determine if they meet the professional criterion.

English Language Requirement:
All applicants whose first language is not English should have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score with no individual section lower than 6.0.


2 years part-time

Classes are scheduled on Fridays 2-6pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm from September to June each year. Full day (9am-6pm) workshops will also be scheduled on occasional Fridays (on average every 6-8 weeks).

Further enquiries

Programme Academic Director:
Dr. David McKevitt
School of Management and Marketing
2.69 O' Rahilly Building
University College Cork
T: 021-4902940

Course Co-ordinator:
Katie Nolan
The Laurels
Western Road
T: 021-4904700

Subjects taught

Students will complete 60 credits as follows:
Year 1: (September-June):

Project Management (10 credits)

Strategy, leadership and change (10 credits)

Innovative problem solving and decision making (10 credits)

Year 2: (September to June):

Current Issues in Project Management (10 credits)

Realising strategy through programme management (5 credits)

Management and Organisation (5 credits)

Research methods (5 credits)

Project Bootcamp (PMP® Certification) (5 credits)

Note 1: Students who successfully complete year 1 may opt to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management.


Unique Aspects of the Course
The Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management is unique to the marketplace. It combines university-level modules on Project Management, in addition to preparing candidates for PMP professional accreditation. Students will be exposed to cutting edge research, critical thinking and toolsets. This course is designed to provide candidates with a unique mix of technical and people focused project management knowledge, skills and abilities. The course provides learners with a balance of technical, managerial and interpersonal skills that maximises the impact of project managers in private, public and non-for-profit organisations.

Assessment method

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

Application date

How Do I Apply?
Adult Continuing Education now welcomes online applications for ACE programmes from Certificate to Masters level. Students can register and pay online quickly and securely by simply clicking the “apply now” button within course description, and filling out the online application form. Once you are registered on UCC360 you can apply for additional courses without needing to register each time.

ACE also welcomes applications by post and an application form can be downloaded and printed from within each course description (on web).

Course fee

Year 1: €4,500. Year 2 Part 1: €4,500 + €500 for PMP Certification.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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