UCC Postgraduate courses

Project Management

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Part-time
Teaching ModePart-Time
QualificationsPG Cert
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

The UCC CUBS Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management (Level 9) provides you with the balance of technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills that maximise the impact of project managers in private, public, and not-for-profit organisations.

The course provides you with the skills, capabilities, and knowledge to initiate, plan, execute, and monitor projects – achieving your objectives within organisational and environmental constraints. This one-year, part-time, hybrid course is unique to the marketplace. It is delivered in conjunction with our industry partner, Velopi, and provides you with an internationally recognised academic qualification from a leading, accredited global academic institution. In addition, the course also prepares you for professional accreditation in project management.

This course 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.

Modules (30 credits)

  • MG6810 Project Management Principles (10 credits)
  • MG6815 Management and Organisation (5 credits)
  • MG6817 Project Management Professional (PMP Certificate) Boot Camp (5 credits)
  • MG6831 Developments in Project Management (5 credits)
  • MG6832 The Effective Project Manager (5 credits) 

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

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. 

Why Choose This Course

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.


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.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


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

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? 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:

  • 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/specialty?

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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