Advanced Diploma in Project Management

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Advanced Diploma in Project Management at DBS


Incorporating preparation for the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification examination.


All organisations use projects as the way to translate strategies into plans and objectives into realities and the application of advanced project management skills is often what determines a successful project from a painful and unsatisfactory one. Dublin Business School is a Registered Education Provider (REP) for the Project Management Institute.

We have designed this Advanced Diploma programme specifically for project managers, team members and senior managers who in addition to obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Project Management may also intend to take the Project Management Institute examination.

September 2020 Online Option
For September 2020 intake only, students have the option of taking the entire diploma programme online. We will be teaching on a hybrid basis but on-campus time will be limited due to social distancing requirements that need to be adhered to.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The course will bring participants up to speed in the current principles and practices of project management. Incorporating preparation for the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification examination, the main focus of this course will centre on the five projects management processes of Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Close-out.

Additionally students will:

• Comprehend the characteristics of contemporary organisational approaches to project management.

• Gain an insight into the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, 2017, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), sixth edition. Especially its processes and knowledge areas.

• Understand the Project Management Institutes PMP® certification process.

•Evaluate the importance of effective management of project phases over the project life cycle.

•Develop competencies in methods, tools and techniques for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects.

• Analyse the skills and competencies required of the project manager and project team.

•Understand the various roles and the importance of the Project/Programme Office


Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Project Management, a student will be required to complete an end of course multiple choice examination (100%).

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

Project Management Institute (PMI)®

With over 300,000 members in 170 countries the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® is the leading membership association for the project management profession and the largest association dedicated to project management in the world. Dublin Business School was the first private college in Ireland to be awarded the status of a Registered Education Provider (REP) of Project Management Training by the PMI®.

The REP programme was developed by the PMI® to create a global system to recognise training providers that follow PMI®-established criteria for project management training and to enhance the ongoing professional development of PMI’s® members, those credentialed through PMI® and others in the project management profession.

PMI®, PMP® and PMBOK® are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Programme Content

Core Modules

The Project Management Framework

Project Management in Context 

Project Management Fundamentals

Project Communications Management

Project Cost Management

Project Human Resource Management

Project Integration Management

Project Procurement Management

Project Quality Management

Project Risk Management

Project Scope Management

Project Time Management

Project Management Professional Responsibility


In addition to the Advanced Diploma in Project Management this course concentrates on preparing students to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. A review of material normally covered in the examination will be presented. Students are instructed on how best to prepare, study for and take the examination. Sample questions of the type given in the examination are used extensively. This curriculum has been specifically built to broadly map A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017 and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Specification.

PMP® and PMBOK® are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.


Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.

Career Progression Opportunities

The qualification obtained from the Advanced Diploma in Project Management and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification demonstrates to employers and prospective employers that graduates have the strategic and professional competency to successful manage projects on a small or large scale.

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on the programme come from a variety of professional backgrounds including IT, manufacturing, marketing, engineering and construction.

Project Management Professional is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.


The fee for this Diploma is €2,000.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins. View all DBS Professional Evening Diploma fees here.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.


DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies.See below for more details:

Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview


Dublin Business School

Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September & February
Duration: 14 weeks Part-time

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

Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm