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PG Cert Project Management (Professional Development)

Course Description

Project management is now a central tool across many organisations, as more and more tasks are being managed as projects. For those working in the field or looking to develop their capabilities in this area, the PGCert in Project Management covers the knowledge and techniques required to manage large, complex projects successfully across a variety of contexts. It also provides you with an opportunity to develop the soft management skills essential to effective project management and so often neglected.

You may already work full-time in the field (or for a significant part of your role) and aspire to become an Association for Project Management (APM) Registered Project Professional, or to move into a more senior position. The course is also relevant to individuals working outside of project management, who will gain significant benefit from applying the skills and techniques across other business functions.

Course detail

The course covers the fundamental concepts, processes and tools reflected in both PRINCE2® and Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BoK) 6th edition. This means that alongside the PGCert, you have the option to also gain:

• the APMP qualification from the Association for Project Management, a qualification which is recognised nationally and internationally across many different sectors and industries

• the PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification, which is supported by Government and widely recognised by recruiters as a 'must have' for many project management roles in the UK.

As well as equipping you with the technical skills to manage projects successfully, we focus a lot of our attention on strengthening the soft skills that come into play within project management everything from communication to leadership. Many of these skills are transferable and can be applied to the management of any complex business task, in particular those requiring detailed planning, prioritising and analysis.


The course is designed to give you a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management from UWE, with the additional option to complete the PRINCE2® Practitioner and the APM Project Management Qualification (if required) alongside.

You can register for the course at any time and start the PRINCE2 learning (if you wish to do so) before the next run of the Project Management Competence module.


• Project Management Competence
• Project Management Principles in Practice

Additional assessment will be required for those wishing to gain the PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification and/or the APMP qualification (SCQF Level 7).


If you opt to study the course online, you will have access to our full distance learning package with online materials and synchronised live sessions with your tutors via our Blackboard system. Group drop-in sessions will also run at set times throughout the year where you can meet with other course participants and discuss your progress.

Alternatively you can choose to study the course via a mix of online study units and face-to-face group sessions at our campus in Bristol to reinforce your e-learning and independent study.

On both routes, you will benefit from a range of learning methods, including e-learning, teaching based on research literature and practical experience, and peer and work-based learning. A significant emphasis is placed on drawing insight from real examples of project management work, and you will also have the opportunity to engage with the APM Body of Knowledge and academic literature on project management.


Assessment for the Project Management Competence module takes the form of a reflective report on a project you are involved in. You will complete a 400-word proposal identifying key elements to be reviewed in your final report, and then review a project, discussing the elements identified in your proposal.

The Project Management Principles in Practice module is assessed through a work-based learning assignment, consisting of:
• a proposal containing research objectives/outcomes
• a written project (up to 8,000 words)
• a client presentation
• an informal viva with your supervisor to reflect upon your project experience.

Careers / Further study

This programme gives project management professionals the technical knowledge, skills development opportunities, and access to further professional qualifications, to be able to take their career to a senior project manager or director level.

Many participants use the course as a fast-track route onto the Association for Project Management (APM) and PRINCE2® Practitioner qualifications.

The course is also a stepping stone towards APM Registered Project Professional status for colleagues who gain the APMP qualification and have sufficient experience of managing complex projects, we can look to develop a portfolio of evidence with the self-reflection and communication skills required to support this application.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the PG Cert Project Management (Professional Development) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need:• An honours degree from a recognised UK Higher Education institution OR equivalent from a recognised overseas institution OR equivalent professional experience.• To be engaged in project management/co-ordination/support (e.g. employed, voluntary role or other) to allow you to undertake the reflection and work-based learning required.If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the University's minimum English Language requirements, such as:• the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

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