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


  • EU Fees

    €12,260 (Year 1 €4,630; Year 2 €7,630 (payable in instalments: Part A €4,630 and Part B €3,000 ). PMP Cert of €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 MSc 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 use 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 organizational context through the emphasis on strategic alignment and the management of resources.

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 (Part 1):

  • 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)  

Year 2 (Part 2):

  • MG6818 Project Management Dissertation (30 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 with a Dissertation to complete.  The programme is delivered in conjunction with Velopi and is unique to the marketplace.  It provides candidates with both internationally recognized academic and professional accreditation in project management.  It 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.

The programme provides a balance of technical, managerial and interpersonal skills that maximize the impact of project managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations.

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 is through a variety of continuous assessment methods including individual and group projects, presentations, etc. 

Students must complete a dissertation/research project circa 15,000 words on a topic of their choice. 

The teaching team on this programme comprises academic experts in the field of project management as well as a number of highly experienced practitioners.

Why Choose This Course

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. 

Skills and Careers Information

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 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 maximize the value of the project management process.
  • Critically appraise how projects contribute to an organization’s ability to realize 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.
  • Evaluate the scholarly literature on project management theory and practice.
  • Plan and implement a research design framework that addresses a current research problem.


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 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 available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

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.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €12,260 (Year 1 €4,630; Year 2 €7,630 (payable in instalments: Part A €4,630 and Part B €3,000 ). PMP Cert of €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 

€12,000 (Year 1 €4,500; Year 2 Part 1 €4,500; Year 2 Part 2 €3,000). 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. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two 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 non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

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 (All Applicants)

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 question:

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme (500-1000 words).
  • Please upload your CV.

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