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Project Management Practice (PgCert)

Course Description

About the course

Become a better project manager - improve your skills and gain a deeper understanding of project management and leadership practice.

This innovative, practice-focused course concentrates on building project management skills which can immediately be applied in the workplace, and helps you understand, utilise and develop your personal strengths and capabilities. Uniquely, you will relate the concepts learned to your actual daily project work and reflect critically on the outcomes.

Firstly, you will consolidate your existing project management skills and study the core principles of project management, including quality, time, cost, benefits and risks. You will also cover project organisations and structures, process and lifecycles, planning, monitoring and controlling, and risk and opportunity management. You will define and analyse your individual learning styles and strengths and learn how to utilise these in a business environment, focusing on how people working in groups can relate to one another effectively.

You will go on to study the theory and practice of leadership in delivering successful project outcomes. You will look at project leadership within the context of existing theories, and focus on how these theories are applied in actual situations. You will continue to build on your strengths analysis work and learn to correlate theoretical insights with practice and critically analyse your own leadership performance, developing skills in negotiation, decision-making, motivation, problem-solving, delegation and conflict management.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/project-management-practice-pg-cert

Why choose this course?

- Designed for working professionals

- Focuses around improving your own working practice in management and leadership - skills and techniques learned can be immediately applied in a work context

- Successful graduates can progress to the full MSc Project Management Practice

- Identifies and develops your individual strengths and potential

- Relevant to project managers or leaders in any organisation

- Group ethos encourages sharing of learning and experience between different disciplines and work areas


This course will develop your project management and leadership skills whilst the strengths-based ethos will encourage you to explore new perspectives, approaches, frameworks and ideas.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds and work environments and study this programme for personal and professional development to enhance career progression opportunities.

Graduates of this courses can move on to study the full MSc Project Management Practice.

More about the course

Project Management is a key competence for most organisations in the public and private sectors. This course has been developed by the National Centre of Project Management academic team (which includes Professor Darren Dalcher) using the most recent ideas in work-based learning and practice-based development.

The course offers an in depth introduction to the theory and practice of managing and leading projects. The material covers the newest advances available in both research and practice and emphasises behavioural and contextual competences alongside technical aspects.

This programme is unique because it focuses around the development of the individual student in their particular work context, and because it is multi-disciplinary - the teaching is relevant to those managing or leading projects in any organisation or context.

Teaching methods

The Project Management Practice course combines classroom-based teaching workshops and group interaction with work-based learning and reflection between sessions. The block-release format has been designed to enable those in full-time in employment to study.

There are no examinations. Instead, you are assessed by work-based assignments which focus around critical reflection on your individual work context and your real-life projects. The skills that you learn develop can be immediately applied to your daily work practice, with real immediate benefit to you and your organisation.

Students are self-managed learners support by StudyNet, which gives access to lecture notes, course material, digital library collections, online discussion and group work facilities, communication with your tutors and fellow students, your personal e-portfolio and much more.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/project-management-practice-pg-cert#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Project Management Practice (PgCert) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

(i) an honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas with (ii) evidence of two or more years’ relevant work experience in project management or a team role, and (iii) two or more appropriate references

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: £3,660 per year; International Students: Year 1: £3,450

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