Online Diploma in Project Management

Learn a skill that is in demand across all industries

11 Weeks, 6.15pm- 9.30pm
Start Date:
On-Campus 20th January
Online March 2022
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The Project Management Institute (PMI®) defines a project as a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. Project management is, therefore, the application of knowledge, skills, processes, methods and experience to achieve the project’s outcomes.

To be a successful Project Manager you need to have a results-orientated management style that relies on building collaborative relationships. A key factor that distinguishes project management from just 'management' is that it requires a final deliverable within a finite time-span (and budget), unlike management which is an ongoing process. Because of this a project professional needs a wide range of skills; often technical ability, and most certainly people management skills and good business awareness and insight.

The Project Management Institute predicts the demand for Project Managers will outstrip supply over the next 10 years. By 2027 employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles globally.

Over 50,000 are currently employed in project management across Ireland, in sectors such as IT, public sector, financial services, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. According to a 2017 survey of project management leaders by the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI):

  • 60% of those surveyed said there are not enough experienced Irish project and programme managers to fulfil the country’s project management needs.
  • almost 70% of respondents expect Brexit to increase the complexity of their projects.
  • Two in three anticipate a rise of the level of resources needed to complete projects in the next 12 months.
  • According to the HRM Recruitment 2018 report, Project Management is listed among professions experiencing a shortage of skills.
  • As of December 2018, the main occupations experiencing skills shortages in Ireland include software developers, project managers and engineers (electronic, mechanical and design).

Addressing the outcome of this survey, the President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI, Mr Niall Murphy, has expressed concern about the current skills deficiency:

“Project management will be instrumental in navigating this uncharted territory that is Brexit, from managing a company’s future trading relationships with the British market, to working with major financial institutions who are expected to relocate here. Without a sufficient supply of skilled project managers nationwide, there is a concern projects will not be effectively delivered. This shortage needs to be tackled, as it will ultimately affect the Irish economy as a whole".

This outlook reinforces the continuing and future opportunities which exist for Project Managers.

This course is designed for you:

  • If you are interested in developing your skills in Project Management.
  • If you want to develop project management skills consistent with the current principles and practices.
  • If you want to formalise your project management skills with best in practice and improve your career and job prospects.
  • If you want to bring best in class project management principles to your projects at work to ensure optimum success?
  • If you want to differentiate your company and yourself in your ability to manage resources, time, people, quality and communications.
  • If you want to gain the skills to structure, formalise and implement projects on time and on budget.
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Course Overview

Project Management is a central part of every business, and project management skills are in high-demand as companies recognise their importance to organisational success and the bottom line. Project management skills are applicable across all functional areas and business sectors.

This programme will support you to develop a range of skills, tools and techniques essential for the successful planning, implementation and management of projects, using traditional, lean and agile principles.

This programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of project management principles and practices. It will teach you how to effectively manage the different phases of a project. You’ll learn the project management framework of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and close-down. The programme focuses on the management of people and teams necessary to achieve success through effective leadership. Agile and Hybrid approaches are emphasised, addressing incremental change, empowering team members, collaborative interactions, adding value and continuous improvement, and managing changing priorities. 

Partnership with the Project Management Institute
IBAT College Dublin is an approved Registered Education Provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, and has been approved by PMI to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this Professional Diploma course. 

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognised certification for project managers and is world recognised as the gold standard in project management with over 750,000 certified project managers around the globe.

Read more about the Project Management Institute and its benefits here.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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Course Content

This programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of project management principles and practices. It will teach you how to effectively manage the different phases of a project. You’ll learn the project management framework of; Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and close-down. It focuses on the management of people and teams necessary to achieve success through effective leadership. It also provides you with a pragmatic approach to overcoming project obstacles to continue to drive your project to completion.

This programme provides you with the skills required to manage a project within your organisation, and to identify any issues that have the potential to jeopardise the project's completion. It not only provides you with a solid foundation to pursue a career in project management (and to achieve professional certification), it also supports you to structure your work and relevant projects within your own professional field to achieve successful project completion.


Creating a high-performing team

  • Processes and practices to build the right team
  • Empowerment and training for team members
  • Virtual teams

Project initiation

  • Determining and applying appropriate project methodologies and processes
  • Managing project scope, budget and schedules
  • Project planning and management
  • Project quality control and governance
  • Project phase management and project closure

Ongoing project activities

  • Risk management
  • Project communications (internal and external)
  • Project deliverables
  • Change management (internal and external environment)
  • Team management (leadership, support and conflict management)

Continuous project improvement


To be awarded the IBAT College Dublin Diploma in Project Management you will be required to successfully complete coursework that addresses all areas of the programme.

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Career Opportunities

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is an industry-recognised certification for project managers and is world-recognised as the gold standard in project management with over 774,000 certified project managers around the globe.

This course is designed for individuals who have some on-the-job project management experience regardless of whether their formal job role is project manager, who are not certified professionals, and who might or might not have received formal project management training. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria get in touch with our admissions team for further details

The course enables candidates to develop professionally, increase their project management skills, apply a formalized and standards-based approach to project management, and seek career advancement by moving into a formal project manager job role, as well as to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

Possible careers within this field include:

  • IT Project Manager
  • Planning Manager
  • Project Management / Project Controls’ Specialists
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager - Construction
  • Technical Project Manager

In mid-August 2018, there were over 6,000 opportunities as project managers or requiring project management skills advertised on indeed.com for Ireland.

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Why IBAT College?

Earn globally recognised credentials
IBAT College Dublin is approved as a Registered Education Provider (REP)® of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and has been approved by PMI to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this Diploma.

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
All notes and support materials are available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

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The course offers lots of practical advise on not just managing a project but a team, the structure was very good. Frances mixed it up with theory and practical exercises done in class. She knows PM well and I especially enjoyed her own stories/experiences of projects she'd worked on. I'd recommend this course to anyone wanting to get a better understanding of Project management and looking to apply the skills they learn.
Sarah Diploma in Project Management Graduate
Given the continuous growth in the PM landscape construction is bound increasingly by triple constraints. This course, although not geared towards any specific industry, has given me great foresight in planning and execution of projects within my industry.
Barry Fitzgerald Diploma in Project Management Graduate
I work in IT and this course was great in enabling me to apply my technical knowledge to projects and obtain new skills each week in Project Management frameworks.
Elena Franco Bravo Diploma in Project Management Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Liam Dillon
Liam Dillon/ Lecturer Diploma in Project Management /
Mr. Liam Dillon is a Senior Consultant with Turlon & Associates specialising in Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Agile Project Management, Project and Program Risk Management, Contract Management and Project and Program Leadership. Liam holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management and holds multiple project and program management accreditations (PMP®, PMI-ACP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP® and PgMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Liam has over 28 years’ professional experience. During that time, he has led some significant global infrastructure projects and programs for various industries. Liam currently works across various industries with the following consultancy objectives: - • The management, development and delivery of an extensive range of accredited project, program and portfolio management training products and programs for companies, colleges and universities. • Design and Delivery of various e-learning and blended learning training products for industries ranging from pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing, construction / infrastructure, oil & gas and IT development • Working with various blue-chip companies, on a consultancy basis, in growing levels of project, program and portfolio management maturity through direct and indirect PMO involvement • Business Development across different industry sectors. Contracts range from the delivery of IT application training to process training products to developing training markets Coupled with his industrial experience, Liam spends time training and coaching project managers in USA, Middle-East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Liam has served as the President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI and as Chairperson of PMI’s Global Board Volunteer Advisory Group.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme is based on each applicant's own merits and work experience.
No prior academic qualification or professional experience in project management is required.
The programme is ideally suited if you are actively engaged in managing or participating in business projects, or would like to do so.

How to Apply

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  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

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