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Project Management (Professional Development)

This course is open for applications.

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Bristol Business School
9 - 16 months
Flexible, online distance learning, blended learning via online learning and face-to-face
Course director:
Ximing Ruan
Key fact:
This is an intensive and flexible course designed to increase your capability in leading and managing large and complex projects, in line with best practice from Government and the Association for Project Management.

Page last updated 31 August 2017


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.

A stepping stone to professional qualifications

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.

Transferable skills

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.

Different study options

The course is available to study online via distance learning or as a face-to-face course at our campus in Bristol.

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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.

The full Postgraduate Certificate comprises two modules:

Project Management Competence explores the fundamental concepts, processes and techniques used to successfully manage projects and the complexities involved. You will review and critique a range of project management processes used across different sectors. The module closely follows the APMP syllabus.

Project Management Principles in Practice this module requires you to work on a live client-focused project, where you will examine and apply novel project management methodologies and approaches; critically reflect on and improve your own project management practice; and evaluate the critical factors associated with successful project management in a live environment.

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

Recommended route

The recommended route through the course is:

  1. PRINCE2® (Foundation and) Practitioner qualification (optional) we recommend those wishing to take the PRINCE2® qualification register for the course early to gain access to the e-learning materials, with the aim of passing the examination before the start of the Project Management Competence module (additional exam fees apply).
  2. 15 credit Project Management Competence module participants will be required to successfully complete this module before starting the Project Management Principles in Practice module.
  3. APMP qualification (optional) the Project Management Competence module will provide all the required learning and exam preparation to be able to sit the APMP examination (additional exam fees apply).
  4. 45 credit Project Management Principles in Practice module this module will consist of your work-based learning element, throughout which you will be supported by an experienced project management supervisor.

Different options open to you

PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification (optional)

Option 1 - Participants with the PRINCE2® Foundation qualification:

You will be required to complete the PRINCE2® Practitioner exam. This is a 2.5-hour multiple choice exam and broadly looks to test your knowledge of how to apply PRINCE2® in a project environment. As part of this option, you will have full access to the e-learning course to guide you through your learning.

Option 2 - Participants without any PRINCE2® qualifications:

You will be required to complete the PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner exams. The Foundation section of the qualification involves a 1-hour multiple choice exam, testing your knowledge of PRINCE2®, while the Practitioner exam is a 2.5-hour exam, broadly looking to test your knowledge of how to apply PRINCE2® in a project environment. As part of this option, you will have full access to the e-learning course to guide you through your learning.

APMP qualification (optional)

Option 3 - AMPM for participants already registered as PRINCE2® Practitioners:

You will be required to complete a 2-hour exam.

Option 4 - AMPM for participants NOT already registered as PRINCE2® Practitioners:

You will be required to complete a 3-hour exam.

It is the intention of the University to deliver the courses/modules as published on this page.  To ensure our provision is kept relevant and current, the University may change, combine or withdraw courses/modules in response to stakeholder feedback or limited demand.

Learning and Teaching

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.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This is an intensive course that requires around 600 hours of learning for successful completion. Candidates will need to be self-motivated and complete the online learning and group sessions (either online or in person) to reinforce their independent and work-based learning.

If you choose to study on campus, you will attend six fortnightly evening sessions. For distance learners, teaching materials and guidance will be provided online.

You will have up to 12 months to submit your project once you start the Project Management Principles in Practice module, and will agree a submission date with your supervisor, who will be there to guide you.


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.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

As part of the course, you have the option of completing the PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification and/or the APMP qualification, if you don't already hold these. These are optional assessments/qualifications. As a registered student at UWE Bristol, you will be able to register to complete both external body qualifications at a discounted price.

Study facilities

If you are attending the course at our campus, you will have access to all the facilities within Bristol Business School. Session will be run at our dedicated Executive Development Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building.

For those taking the distance learning route, you will access all your course materials online through our Blackboard system, and some online learning materials on another online platform. Check what you need to be able to study the course online.

All participants will have full access to our library facilities and online resources, including journals, e-books and study skills support.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


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.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Supplementary fee information

Compulsory fees

APM Registration fee (required at the start of the course)  £22

Project Management Competence - 15 credit module  £843

Project Management Principles in Practice - 45 credit module  £2,003

Total UWE Postgraduate Certificate fee £2,868

Optional fees

  1. PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification  £344 (includes e-learning materials and exam fee - subsequent takes of the exam will incur an additional charge)
  2. PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner qualification  £598 (includes e-learning materials and exam fees - subsequent takes of any exam will incur an additional charge)
  3. APMP IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7 qualification (registered PRINCE2® Practitioners) £214.80
  4. APMP IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7 qualification (participants without PRINCE2®)  £296.40

Payments for the course can be made upfront in one payment before the start of the course, or you may pay per section at the start of each section.

Discounts are available to organisations wishing to send 2 or more participants on the course at any one start date (the start date is taken as the start of the Project Management Competence module).


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

See further details of our English Language requirements.

Please mention in your personal statement on your application form whether you would like to study via distance learning or face-to-face teaching.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our course, or for any other enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on 0117 32 81102.

International students: Please note that Tier 4 visas do not support a part time mode of study, therefore international applicants must apply for the distance learning route.

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