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Graduate Diploma - Project Management

Looking to move into a career in Project Management? This Graduate Diploma in Project Management has been designed for existing graduates who are either new to, or looking to pursue a career in a project, programme or portfolio environment.

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Course Overview

Through this programme, you will study a range of core topics developing an understanding of project planning, development and implementation from project governance and establishing a business case, to using effective communication to engage internal and external stakeholders.

On this course you will...

  • Get an opportunity to transfer into Project Management to pursue specialist postgraduate study and future career opportunities in the sector.
  • Have an ideal stepping-stone on to the MSc Project Leadership programme.
  • Apply your learning directly back to your organisation with a flexible delivery pattern that complements the workplace environment.
  • Study a range of interactive project topics, developing knowledge of fundamental project management concepts and principles, and maximising opportunities for professional development and collaboration.
  • Be working with leading providers of Project Management education in the UK, partnering with employers such as Sellafield Ltd., BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, the NHS, and the BBC in recent years.
  • Have access to our Academic Staff who have a wealth of hands-on experience from a multitude of different sectors, including IT, Engineering, Finance, and the Armed Forces.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

In the first year of the programme, you will explore the essential building blocks of project management, gaining understanding of project management methodologies and key activities within each stage of the Project Life Cycle including: project planning, scope and requirements management; monitoring and reporting progress; and identifying and managing risks. You will also evaluate approaches to project, programme and portfolio management and explore the relationship between these and project governance structures.

In the second year, you will explore the key role of teamwork and communication in effective project delivery, exploring theories of leadership and collaboration and developing skills in critical reflection which you will be able to apply to a simulated project environment, and to your own industry research project.


The Graduate Diploma in Project Management incorporates six 20-credit modules designed to develop your technical knowledge of project management concepts and activities through all stages of the Project Lifecycle.  Modules are delivered sequentially in six-week blocks (with a study week in between) and you will study one module at a time.

Students on this programme will develop and demonstrate a graduate-level understanding of Project Management fundamentals, exploring key topics including:

  • Project planning and business case development
  • Project scope management
  • Progress monitoring and change control
  • The Project Environment
  • Project Life Cycles
  • Governance of Programmes and Projects
  • Project leadership and team work
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement
  • Procurement
  • Identifying and managing risks and opportunities
Year one
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Management and Control of Projects
Year two
  • People and Projects
  • Applied Project Management
  • Industry Workplace Study

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