UCC Postgraduate courses

Project Management

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Project Management

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    PG Dip

  • EU Fees

    €9,130 (Year 1 €4,630; Year 2 Part 1 €4,500). PMP Cert €500 not included in total cost and not collected.
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2022/2023

Course Outline

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)  


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

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.

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.


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.  


English Language Requirements

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

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.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €9,130 (Year 1 €4,630; Year 2 Part 1 €4,500). PMP Cert €500 not included in total cost and not collected. .


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

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

Fee Breakdown 

€9,000 (Year 1 €4,500; Year 2 Part 1 €4,500). A PMP certificate is available for an additional €500. 

PMP Certificate 

A €500 PMP Cert Fee is not included in the €12,000 programme fee and is only for student information should they wish to progress. 

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. 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.

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

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 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? 

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