Post-graduate Certificate in Project Management Overview

For many of us, being assigned to a project manager position is our first experience of management and we are often thrust into this role without any prior training or support.

To come to grips with the role, or even to prepare yourself for more senior roles in the future, Velopi and University College Cork offer a one-year, part-time programme that not only covers the basics of day-to-day project management, it also allows the student to put project management into perspective, showing how projects are the change agents in an organization and are vital to its overall strategy. Finally, your own problem-solving and decision-making skills will be enhanced during the year.

If this year proves to give you an appetite for further development, it will be possible, on completion of the year-long certificate course to carry on and complete a second year of study (leading to a post-graduate diploma) and then a thesis project (leading to an MSc in project management).

This 1 year part-time programme 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


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Course Description

The programme provides 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 maximize the impact of project managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations.

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 organizational context by emphasizing strategic alignment and the management of resources.

On successful completion of the year-long certificate course, graduates can progress to a post-graduate diploma by completing a second year of study where, by completing a thesis project, they can achieve a Masters (MSc) in Project Management.

This course is aimed at people who are experienced in project management but want to obtain a recognized qualification and develop their skills beyond the front-line management of projects. It is very attractive for those wanting to understand where projects fit into the overall organizational strategy and how they effect the changes necessary to fulfil strategic objectives.

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.

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

The 1 Year post-graduate Certificate Programme in Project Management comprises three course modules, each worth ten ECTS (European Academic Credit System) credits. These are:


MG6810: Project Management  (10 credits)

Based on the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this course is delivered by Velopi Ltd., drawing on their extensive industry experience to add a practical dimension to the overall course. Assessed using real-world case studies, this module will provide the tools and techniques needed to carry out the role of the project manager.


MG6811: Strategy, Leadership and Change  (10 credits)

Strategy is a difficult concept to describe. It concerns plans that benefit the organization as the expense of competing organizations. So strategic planning requires planners to anticipate the likely responses from competitors and deal with them accordingly. Leadership is a vital attribute of a project manager, as projects make the changes needed to realize strategy. People are often averse to change and need to be convinced that the changes will be beneficial in the long-term. This requires the project manager to lead.


MG6812: Innovative Problem Solving and Decision Making  (10 credits)

Project management has often been compared to juggling. While careful plans may be drawn up for a project, they often are compromised by everyday realities, such as lack of resources, finance or even time. Project managers are forever deciding among alternative courses of action and addressing problems relating to the work, the project team and other stakeholders.


On sucessful completion of the Certificate, the student may wish to progress to a second year and achieve a post-graduate Diploma in Project Management with the option to achieve a Masters, MSc in Project Management, by completing the programme with the creation of a 30,000 word minor thesis. This will involve researching an issue that is of concern to project managers and academics alike. It might also be an issue that is of concern to the student’s organization, allowing the student to demonstrate their increased understanding of projects, both on a day-to-day level and an organizational and strategic level, to their employers.



Applications are invited from experienced professionals with:

Have a 2.2 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent (e.g. Higher Diploma)


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 based on 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.

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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.


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.

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.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €4,500

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


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