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Online Diploma in Project Management

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

DBX Online use only

View the provisional April timetable here.

DBS Online April intake commencing 21st April for the following 4 programmes


Online Diploma in Psychology 

Online Diploma in HRM

Online Diploma in Digital Marketing Strategy

Online Diploma in Project Management

Project Management is gaining increasing attention with modern businesses as it equips management with the ability to prepare for and react to change in fluctuating economic environments. Globally, companies are beginning to recognize that traditional forms of management fell short when it came to effectively dealing with the unexpected and unforseen. Project management provides structure; enabling organisations to achieve profitability targets and improve their personal performance. 

Many project failures could be avoided if the proper PM methodologies and tools were incorporated. This means that PM has the potential to save thousands or even millions in the long run. Understandably, skills in this area are in high demand.

Our Online Diploma in Project Management is relevant to all industries and sectors, both SME's are large corporations. Previous experience in PM is not a prerequisite, and this course is open to all.  

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the various aspects and approaches to PM

  • Understand the essential skills required to make an efficient Project Manager (incl. communication, leadership, motivation, negotiation and team building skills)

  • Have a thorough understanding of the role played by stakeholders

  • Understand the theories of 'success criteria' and 'critical success factors' in the context of projects.

  • Be able to identify and appraise the significance of considered management on the project life cycle

  • Be accomplished in Project Management tools and techniques for organising, auditing, and governing projects and for diminishing risk.

  • Put learning into practice by drafting a project plan

  • Appreciate the assorted roles and value of the project office.

Online and Practical Assessment

In order to achieve the DBS Online Diploma in Project Management, participants will have to complete a mandatory individual and group (written) assignment (100%).

DBS Online Diploma students can utilize resources to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for further details. 

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications  (NFQ).

DBS Student Facilities

Online Learning Environment - is an eLearning system, providing a catalogue of programme information, notes and text, as well as the interactive classroom experience. The virtual online classroom allows students to log in from home, once signed in they can communicate with one another or their lecturer via messaging through the app; allowing for an enhanced and supportive learning experience that puts the user in control.

DBS Online Library - The Online Library houses an array of introductory videos and virtual classroom sessions covering topics including: library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism, and referencing. .

DBS Virtual Community of Learners – Enrollment to one of our online courses will automatically include you in DBS Online’s Virtual Community of Learners where you can network and share with your fellow online students.

Online Diploma in Project Management - Content

As projects develop; becoming more ambiguous - superlative skills are required to manage their complexity.

This programme examines the various roles and environments entailed in project management, the project life cycle, project initiation, planning, execution, control, and achievement of project objectives.

The DBS Online Diploma in Project Management covers:

Project Initiation

Includes defining the project in strategic terms, especially in terms of its business value and seeking authorisation to proceed.

Project Planning

Involves the devising of a project plan capable of achieving the project objectives, continuously refining requirements, creating a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), establishing project controls and seeking approval for the plan.

Project Execution

The execution stage includes progressive elaboration of the project’s plan whilst
co-ordinating people, materials and processes to accomplish the planned objectives.

Project Control

This is the process of ensuring that project objectives are met by monitoring and measuring progress regularly, using earned value to identify variances from plan, responding to risk triggers and taking corrective action as necessary.


The final stage includes the formalised acceptance of the project or phase, the documenting of lessons learned, record archiving as well as contract review and audit.


The DBS Online Diploma in Project Management will be run wholly online including workshops, tutorials and programme assessment.

Project management can provide a varied and rewarding career path and has become the favoured management technique for accomplishing specialised missions or work, when the normal organisational structure or methods of assignment are not sufficiently responsive, flexible, or efficient.

Technical Requirements for DBS Online Diploma Programmes

The virtual learning environment that we use to deliver these programmes is centred around two applications – Moodle (a learning management system) and Zoom (an online classroom).  

  • Moodle provides the information about the course, the lecturer and the timetable. You will find materials and activities here, as well as links to the live sessions

  • Zoom is an online collaboration tool that enables both the lecturer and the students to interact with each other and the materials being presented on the whiteboard

    To use Moodle you will need:

  • A desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Any internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) or either the Apple or Android app for your tablet, iPad or mobile phone

  • Materials are normally PDF, Word or PowerPoint documents. If you do not already have apps that can open these files, these can be made freely available to you for the duration of the course

For the live classes in Zoom it is important that you are able to both see and hear the class, and to be able to interact with the other participants.  For this you will need to have:

  • a microphone

  • speakers

  • a webcam

Most modern devices come with all of these built in.  If yours does not have all of these (or it is broken) there are a few options you can explore:

  • Use the Zoom app on your mobile phone to attend classes

  • Purchase an external webcam with a built in microphone (these are available from around €15)

  • Purchase a headset with a microphone (also around €15)

  • Use a combination or your PC and phone by dialling in to the Zoom session for the audio (numbers available for most countries)

If you have any questions about any of these requirements please contact the admissions team who will put you in touch with the IT Support Team here at Dublin Business School.

Careers in Project Management

A project management job provides a diverse range of interesting and rewarding career options. It encompasses a highly versatile and valued skill set that can be applied across all major economic sectors from the arts, financial services, engineering, ICT, life sciences to construction.

Our Students

The online Diploma attracts a diverse range of students from a varied background. The typical student will have a limited amount of project experience and is looking to develop their formal skill set and career prospects as project managers. 

The Diploma is aimed at practising project managers, prospective project managers or other busy professionals who feel that a knowledge of project management will be beneficial for their career development.


Project Management Diploma Fees

The fee for this online diploma is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration and DBS library online membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.


Next Steps

Apply here or contact us by email or phone +353 (1) 4177500.

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Course overview


Online delivery
- 1 online class per week
- 1 weekly podcast
Intake: Spring 2020
Duration: 12 weeks

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm

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