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Project Management (PG Cert)

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Programme Description

This is a 1 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.

Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • MG6810 Project Management
  • MG6811 Strategy, Leadership and Change
  • MG6812 Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making

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
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Practicalities & Assessment

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.

Assessment

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.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:

  • Have a 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 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.

View the grades comparison table

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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