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Postgraduate Certificate Managing Major Projects

"Anyone completing this course will become a better project manager and will have more confidence in project success."
Gavin Ross, BT, PG Cert graduate.

Aims and Objectives

This programme seeks to advance the skills, competencies, attitudes and behaviours of practising project managers to an advanced professional level. The overall course objective is that students clearly demonstrate the ability to act as better project managers through reflection on how the techniques learned from their study are integrated to solve real-life problems.

The practical emphasis of the course means that students take highly practical techniques and tools back into their workplace from the start. Their understanding of key issues in managing major projects will be enhanced through the judicious use of 'best practice' models and processes, and they will be able to articulate key concepts in business terms.

Comments from students demonstrate the effectiveness of the PG Cert: "It provides the opportunity to bring together many years' experience of consulting in project and programme management with a recognised qualification" says one delegate.

The course, designed by the National Centre for Project Management at Middlesex University and CITI (APM Accredited Training Provider), is suitable for experienced programme and project managers working in any industry.


Module 1 - Advanced Project Management

• Success factors
• Business strategy
• Change management
• Stakeholder management
• Organising for projects

• Scoping the project
• Advanced project disciplines
• Resource management
• Project monitoring and control.

Module 2 - Complex Factors in Project Management

• Contracting implications
• Strategy to specification
• Defining the requirements
• Partitioning the work
• The tender process
• Defining the contract
• Contract agreement
• Managing the contract
• Understanding people
• Organisational awareness
• Conflict, negotiation and influencing
• Leadership and motivation
• Working with teams
• Project communication
• Managing virtual teams.

Module 3 - Organisational Problem-solving

At the end of the programme students complete a final 5,000 – 8,000 word academic report on organisational problem-solving. This draws together the learning from the whole programme and applies it to an area of action within their organisation. The assessment focuses on students' ability to apply learning from the programme as well as their ability to reflect constructively on that application and derive further learning from this reflection.

Study Pattern
The PG Cert is a part-time, distance learning course and lasts for a minimum of nine months.

All 13 contact teaching days over the nine-month period are compulsory. Contact teaching days are grouped into blocks of two to four days.

Assessment is by means of a series of work-based assignments. There are no exams.

Entry requirements
The programme is designed for working professionals; it is a part-time programme with taught units. It is expected that participants would normally hold a good first degree and have ideally at least three years’ experience in managing small to medium projects. Those without a suitable academic qualification will need substantial management experience to gain an experience-only entry onto the course.

You must have competence in English language. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based) 575 or TOEFL (internet based) 90 with specified minimum scores for each component. For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.

Information for international applicants

Organisations which have previously sponsored students include: BT Group, HBOS, Morgan Stanley, Britannia Building Society, HSBC, UKAEA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Eurostar, IFS Defence, RWE nPower, Douglas Wallace, Shell, Fujitsu, Williams Lea, the National Trust, UK Film Council and various government departments.

Course fee
The course fee for the PG Cert is £5,700; this fee excludes accommodation, travel and subsistence costs incurred when attending contact teaching days, which are held at conference centres.

Application form

For further information and next start date, please contact:
National Centre for Project Management
Middlesex University

College House
Trent Park
London N14 4YZ
Tel. + 44 (0) 20 8411 2299
Fax + 44 (0) 20 8411 5133
or email: ncpm@mdx.ac.uk