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Project Management (PG Dip)

Programme Description

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.

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)  

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.

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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Practicalities & Assessment

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.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.


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.

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Year 1

  • Project Management

    Year 1

    Project Management (MG6810)

    To examine, apply and critique the five project management process groups

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  • Strategy, Leadership and Change

    Year 1

    Strategy, Leadership and Change (MG6811)

    To assess the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures for change

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  • Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Year 1

    Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making (MG6812)

    To provide an understanding of organisational and individual level problem solving and decision making and the need to address the need for innovative approaches

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Year 2

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Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:

  1. Have aSecond Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma) AND
  2. 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.  


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Non-EU Candidates

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 .

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Application Process

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. 

5. Rounds

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.

Additional Requirements 

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? 

Non-EU Applications

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.

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