Advanced Diploma in Project Management

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Advanced Diploma in Project Management at DBS

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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 an Approved Training Provider (ATP) for the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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's PMP® examination. Our course focuses on predictive (Waterfall), Agile and hybrid methodologies to help build your knowledge and understanding of these areas.  

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 traditional projects management processes groups of Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Close-out, as well the new concepts of system for value delivery, principles, project performance domains and models, methods, artifacts, together with the increasingly popular Agile project delivery concept and techniques.

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, the newly released, A Guide to the Project Management Institute (7th ed, 2021) and the Agile Practice Guide. 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 a project manager should use for successful project delivery.

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


Click here to view provisional 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. Our unique exam preparation simulator covers predictive (Waterfall), Agile and Hybrid Methodologies to help manage your understanding of each area.

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

Project Management Institute (PMI)®

DBS has been reviewed and approved as a provider of Project Management by the Project Management Institute (PMI). As a PMI Approved Training Provider (ATP), DBS has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria. DBS has been approved by PMI to issue contact hours and PDUs for this course. Our trainers are PMP® credential holders. DBS instructors with the ATP Instructor seal are authorised to teach PMP® exam prep.

Student Testimonial

"I chose DBS over other institutions because a colleague of mind highly recommended DBS. for me one of the main benefits is how easy it is to access staff and material.   
I chose the Advanced Diploma in Project Management to help progress my current role. I really enjoyed the course and would have no problem recommending it.

I wasn't sure if I could get through a diploma course as it's over 15 years since I last studied but by completing this course it has showed me I can progress myself academically.

I am currently the only one in my team that has done a course like this and already some of my colleagues are looking for information on the course I done. I have the work experience but hadn't the qualification, but now that I have both I can progress further with my career.         

It was great because my course was relevant to my current role so they overlapped well. The Project Procurement management section helped me prepare a tender in work for project we were currently contracted to deliver. It showed my employer that I'm willing to work hard academically to better myself which will improve my work capability. within 3 months of completing the course my salary increased by €5k I can take on more responsibility now."

John Lowry
Advanced Diploma in Project Management




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Programme Content

Course Content

Creating a High-Performing Team

Starting the Project

Doing the Work

Keeping the Team on Track

Keeping the Business in Mind



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) by the Project Management Institute (7th ed, 2021) and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content Outline. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017 is still a very useful guide for students.

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



Click here to view provisional 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.

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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

Certification: Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: February 2024
Duration: 14 weeks part-time

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

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