UCC Postgraduate Certification in Project Management (Level 9)

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1 Year: Hybrid (In-Person / Online)

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Training Overview

University College Cork’s Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management provides students with the broad skills, capabilities and knowledge to initiate, plan, execute and monitor projects to achieve project objectives within the organizational and environmental constraints.

This one-year, part-time, hybrid programme is unique to the marketplace. We in Velopi have assisted the university both in developing and delivering this course which is designed to provide our students with an internationally recognized academic qualification from a leading global academic institution, as well as preparing the students for professional accreditation in project management.

Upon graduation, participants will achieve a highly prestigious, sought-after academic qualification plus the knowledge and skills to undertake the project management professional (PMP)® exam, which is proctored by the Project Management Institute.

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Learning Objectives

This programme is designed for those wishing to formalize their project management qualifications and to develop their project management career further. Students are exposed to cutting-edge research, critical thinking and toolsets. It also provides a balance of technical, managerial and interpersonal skills that maximizes the impact of project managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations.

  • Showcase proficient ability in analysing and solving complex problems related to successful project management practices.
  • Utilise practical tools, techniques, and conceptual models to enhance the value of the project management process.
  • Evaluate how projects support an organisation in achieving its strategic objectives and realising business benefits.
  • Maintain high professional standards in communication and work output.
  • Use strategic thinking and leadership skills to manage projects of various sizes and levels of complexity.

Skill Level

In the postgraduate curriculum, candidates are provided with a comprehensive understanding of intricate project management. This program extends beyond the traditional parameters, equipping individuals with the capability to administer multifaceted, interrelated projects.


This is a part-time programme taken over one academic year. Classes are scheduled to run one night per week (online) and for a full day on Friday (in-person in UCC), typically once a month from September to May each year.

Inside a UCC Postgraduate Certification in Project Management (Level 9) Course: What's Included?

Relevant Course Materials

A framework to enable trainees to obtain the PMI® specific understanding required to pass the examination.

Course and Customer Support

Telephone and e-mail support up to and including the day of the exam.

Application Assistance

Assistance with the PMI® membership, PMP® exam registration, application form preparation and credential application procedure.

Course Agenda

Classes are scheduled to run one night per week (online) and for a full day on Friday (in-person in UCC), typically once a month from September to May each year (the full timetable will be provided in advance).  Online seminars and activities are also utilized. The programme is made up of five modules, together worth 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) Level 9 credits. At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • MG6810 Project Management Principles (10 credits)
    • Conceptualize a project in terms of its strategic goals, stakeholder’s requirements, assumptions and constraints.
    • Understand and explain the project life cycle and the ground level activities that typically occur at each stage
    • Deploy industry best-practice techniques to define the scope, schedule, budget and overall management of the project.
    • Understand the challenges and opportunities of effective project management.
    • Evaluate progress against the plan and initiate corrective and preventative changes as appropriate.
    • Identify appropriate communication techniques in project management.
    • Appraise and reflect on the project experience and quantifiably and qualitatively determine the success or otherwise of the project.
  • MG6815 Management and Organization (5 credits)
    • Evaluate the formal, informal and temporary structures of contemporary organizations.
    • Critically appraise the factors that influence the project context including culture, power, conflict and politics.
    • Differentiate between the concepts and practices of managing and leading projects.
    • Critically analyse the relationship between shareholders, managers and ethical behaviours.
    • Explain why organizations fail.
  • MG6817 Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certificate Boot Camp (5 credits)
    • Revise all core PMP® exam content and topics.
    • Identify and recognize the various types of PMP® exam questions.
    • Complete sample exams using a PMP® exam simulator.
    • Assemble an exam checklist allowing easy recall of mathematical formulae that appear on the exam.
    • Compile a PMP® exam strategy that will be used in the actual PMP®
    • Become familiar with the exam policies and procedures.
    • Meet the 35 hour Project Management training requirements for the PMP®
  • MG6831 Developments in Project Management (5 credits)
    • Critically assess the project management function using peer-reviewed literature.
    • Identify and critically evaluate troubled projects.
    • Demonstrate individual and interpersonal effectiveness when dealing with project complexity.
    • Explore developments in alternative project management practices – technologies and methodologies.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of such developments in supporting and enabling the project manager’s role.
  • MG6832 The Effective Project Manager (5 credits)
    • Recognize traits that are strongly linked to effective project leadership.
    • Evaluate the challenges facing project managers in today’s workplace.
    • Understand the steps involved in project team building.
    • Identify the characteristics of effective project teams and why teams fail.
    • Describe how to achieve cross-functional cooperation in teams (workplace and hybrid settings).
    • Understand the importance of negotiation skills in project management.
    • Appreciate the challenges of managing outsourcing process and partners
    • Demonstrate oral and written communications skills to a professional standard

Eligibility Requirements

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.


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 UCC’s qualification comparison pages.

Why Study with Velopi?

Since our foundation in 2007, Velopi has carved a niche in the project management training space that is based firmly on close relationships with both companies and individuals. As our clients’ needs have evolved, so have our project management training courses. Today, we offer a comprehensive range of project management courses that are designed to meet the needs of any organisation or individual.

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“Velopi helped us achieve our first objective – gaining a high-level overview and common understanding of project management across the Team. We found the learning particularly useful in examining the versatility of our product and methodologies to meet our customer needs.”

Aisling Creedon
Team Lead, Enterprise Customer Success, Teamwork

“The biggest impact that the Velopi course had on me was learning how the science and framework of project management can help in managing people as well as through interpersonal and direct communication- the penny really dropped about this for me during the course.”

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Everything you need to know about the course. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, chat with our team.

As an individual, you enroll through the university.


But, if you have any queries about the course, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Also, if your organization is interested in the face-to-face option for the undergraduate programme, definitely contact us.

Project management experience is not strictly required. However, those interested in the postgraduate programme should have some experience – particularly if they wish to gain full advantage from the PMP® module.

UCC has certain prerequisites in relation to language abilities. The courses are delivered in English and reasonable proficiency in that language is necessary.

The postgraduate programme is open to those with a minimum 2:2 level primary degree. Allowance is made for prior learning, if an applicant has significant professional work experience. Details are provided on UCC’s course page:


Students who successfully complete the Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme will be conferred by UCC with a university certificate.

No. Students who already have a PMP®, or those who have insufficient experience to apply for the PMP® would not be able to avail of this opportunity, so it was decided to make this process separate. Also, the PMP® exam is proctored by the Project Management Institute, so it is independent of the university.

If you obtained your PMP® prior to 2021, attending the PMI® Authorized PMP® Exam Preparation course will be a valuable exercise in bringing your skills up to date. However, the module is assessed through a simulated PMP® exam. Actually sitting the PMP® exam itself is not essential.

As well as hosting the course materials for the individual modules, UCC’s Canvas system also provides details of:

– Financial supports available from the university.
– Supports available to people with disabilities.

Insights into:

– Academic writing, including proper citing of sources.
– Notetaking in lectures.
– Presentation skills.
– Understanding what is required to carry out assignments.

Velopi provides extensive support for the modules it delivers. In particular, students wishing to obtain the Project Management Professional accreditation will benefit from our exam simulator and email and telephone support up to and including the day of the exam.

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