The Project Management Professional Development Programme (PMPDP) is an industry-inspired blended-learning programme that uses a Practice Based Learning approach to project management development. Therefore, the PMPDP differs from other courses in that, rather than simply acquiring new knowledge and ideas, delegates are expected to adopt a reflective practice approach to apply their learning directly to their projects in the workplace. It acts as a Community of Practice for delegates to network and communicate with their peers so that they can share experiences and practices across a wide array of organisations and project environments.
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The PMPDP has the following objectives:
- To provide education in the management of projects;
- To continuously improve the competence profile of both delegates and their organisations;
- To support professional career development in the management of projects;
- To raise the profile of Project Management in participating organisations;
- To create a group of Project Management professionals and develop and sustain both learning and practice.
- The modules and their content have been developed in consultation with leading companies, and represent contemporary practice in the management of projects;
- Academics and industry sponsors meet on a regular basis to ensure the programme content matches current practice;
- The contents of the modules were designed to meet the requirements of the bodies of knowledge of the leading professional bodies around the world;
- PMPDP holds accreditation of both the Association for Project Management (APM) and of the Global Accreditation Centre - Project Management Institute (PMI), one of only a handful of universities that can make that claim;
- With over 400 graduates since 2003, and with more than 120 delegates currently studying, it represents the largest community of practice in the world of higher education project management delivery;
- PMPDP is currently being delivered in Singapore as a joint degree with Nanyang Technological University (NTU);
- This global delivery enhances the programme at each location by bringing in a strong international dimension, critical in developing the practitioners of the future.
- PMPDP is designed to accommodate a busy professional lifestyle and is a blend of face-to-face and distance learning;
- Residential sessions consist of lectures, leading industry speakers, workshops, seminars and case studies. The aim is to help ground all new knowledge and ideas in context;
- Assessment focuses on experience and application, rather than just demonstrating knowledge acquisition;
- Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) means delegates can easily access materials and engage with colleagues and members of staff. The VLE is also used as a means of allowing virtual groups to work on tasks and collective assessments.
Half-day study sessions
Seven half-day study sessions run throughout the programme. The study sessions are not assessed and cover important non-functional aspects of project management in:
- Stakeholder and Customer relationship Management
- Change Management
- Organisational Strategy / Strategic Management
- Economics, Accounting, Finance
- Organisational Behaviour
- Appropriate industrial experience is acceptable for entry onto the programme in lieu of a degree;
- Participants can also undertake a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma within the framework of the Masters programme (1-2 years for a certificate, 2-4 years for a diploma, and 3-6 years for an MSc);
- Course units may be taken as a stand-alone short course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes;
- Course modules designed by leading academics and industrial specialists;
- Engage with delegates across multiple industrial sectors to view project management from different perspectives;
- Keynote speakers at residential events, adding high level perspectives on critical issues.
- Collaborative research and projects encouraged;
- Assignments are focused on participant’s real work;
- Conduit for knowledge exchanges between academia and industry created;
- Tangible benefits for the participant’s company can be delivered as an additional outcome;
- Practice based dissertation route to add value to practitioner and sponsoring organisation;
- Work with leading experts in their field, generating new ideas and knowledge through coursework and assessment;
- Opportunity to make significant change to project management thinking in the organisation, as part of a long term professional development;
- A strong community of practice in Manchester helps the project management profession to grow nationally and internationally both in terms of numbers and capability.
If you are interested in sponsoring a participant or applying for the programme yourself, please contact the programme admissions team:
Tel: 0161 275 4548
Project Management Professional Development Programme
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Room C1 Pariser Building
The University of Manchester