The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £7,271 Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Transforming a set of resources into a desired project outcome is no easy task, but it is an essential technique for those hoping to succeed in business. If you are in a role that would benefit from this skillset, or hoping to move into a role that has project management as a key element, our short project management diploma course could be the ideal choice.

Project managers face challenges such as time and cost limitations and quality requirements, and must be adaptable, confident and decisive in order to succeed in their roles and with their responsibilities. This online course not only provides you with the knowledge needed to flourish, but also helps you develop these key attributes and skills.

Your course will cover a range of topics including:

  • project management frameworks, methodology and techniques
  • financial decision-making in the short and long term
  • effective leadership and management within project teams
  • the analytical tools available to manage a portfolio of projects

Once you have completed your course, you have the opportunity to advance onto a full degree in project management.

Why we’re great

  • Gain a highly recognised postgraduate qualification in just 16 months.
  • Each student is assigned a dedicated Student Support Adviser who acts as their mentor and guide from admission through to graduation.
  • We’re the only exclusively online provider to have received a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest quality found in the UK.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

Upon completion of your PG Dip Project Management we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for an MSc Project Management (180 credits).

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Dip Project Management course has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Project management skills are directly transferable to a wide range of industries, and job candidates who demonstrate their commitment to and knowledge of the field are often sought out for high-level roles. A postgraduate qualification is an ideal way to showcase this on your CV. Positions directly related to project management will see obvious benefit, and this course is also of value to those working in management consultancy, finance, marketing, sales, as well as project management professionals within specialist industries such as healthcare or property.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Project Management, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  •  an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Project Management, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £7,271 (2019 / 2020) / £7,482 (2020 / 2021) Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside Europe.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip Project Management are experts in the field of project management. Take a trip to our tutors page to meet the staff who will be guiding you through the course content.

What our students say

testimonials

William Annoh - Master of Business Management (MBM)

I was particularly impressed with the way that the online programme was structured. My Student Advisor Rebekah was very helpful in advising me and guiding me through the process. All the faculty who taught the modules were very very helpful; they taught me so much. I've learnt a lot of things and I'm willing and ready to use them in my career path. I particularly loved the discussion forums. It was a platform for us to engage with each other, so it helped us as online participants to get to know each other and think about different things. It helped me open my mind to a lot of different ideas. Now that I've finished my degree, the first thing I plan to do is to better myself in my role at work. I just started a new role last month so I'm looking forward to using my experiences from here to grow that. On the side I do some consultancy as well, and I have helped manage a few...

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Ezzat Habra - Essex Online MBA

I was looking for a reputable recognised university to pursue my MBA. In addition to that, my work and life commitments meant that it was hard for me to attend a full-time or part-time university. On the other hand, the cost of MBA in the UAE was fairly expensive compared to other off-shore alternatives. University of Essex Online not only had a great academic reputation and student satisfaction, but it also answered my needs and fitted with my life. The course definitely needs dedication and hard work. Online reading requires different styles of studying, while at the same time it allows you more freedom to choose when to study. You build many positive habits, like being very organised and punctual which is essential in many parts of life. It’s been a great journey filled with challenges and excitement. Many modules influence my everyday life. The HR, research, marketing and...

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Erin Lovell - Essex Online MBA

I chose to study my MBA because I knew that ultimately, I'd like to own a number of businesses and work for myself. The course itself was great, I took something valuable away from every module. I really enjoyed my Financial Decision Making for Managers course - which is ironic because that's the only one I was really dreading when I first saw the syllabus! I'm happy to say that I'm already using the course. I have just started my new role of Senior Project Analyst for the Bermuda Monetary Authority full-time. This course was absolutely instrumental in my being prepared for this job. If you're waiting for the right time to take this course, it's now. It's an incredibly practical course and you will be able to apply the things you learn right away. There will never be a "perfect time" - so today is as good as any. Read more from Erin 

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