Project Management Professional Development Programme (PMPDP)

An Introduction to the Project Management Professional Development Programme

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.

For more information, read our programme here.

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.


Example syllabus

PMPDP unit syllabus summary


Industry inspired

  • 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.

Flexible learning

  • 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:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Stakeholder and Customer relationship Management
  • Change Management
  • Organisational Strategy / Strategic Management
  • Economics, Accounting, Finance
  • Organisational Behaviour

Tailored education

  • 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.

Collaboration and knowledge transfer

  • 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

Admissions Team

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Room C1 Pariser Building

The University of Manchester

M13 9PL

Did you know?

Manchester is the only Russell Group University that offers accreditation by both the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) and the Association of Project Management (APM).

Did you know?

The programme has 2 intakes per year, in April and October.
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