Project Management (PG Cert)
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.
Students take 30 credits as follows:
- MG6810 Project Management Principles (10 credits)
- MG6815 Management and Organisation (5 credits)
- MG6817 Project Management Professional (PMP Certificate) Boot Camp (5 credits)
- MG6831 Current Developments in Project Management (5 credits)
- MG6832 The Effective Project Manager (5 credits)
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;
- Apply strategic thinking and leadership skills to projects of various sizes and complexity.
Practicalities & Assessment
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.
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 several highly experienced practitioners.
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
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.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please 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?
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.