Executive Diploma in Project Management

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



Click here to view provisional Autumn 2017 timetable.

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

Charles Darwin wrote the book on natural selection: “Survival of the fittest is about adaptability to a changing environment and new competitive realities” and this sums up the key challenge facing many organisations today in preparing their project managers to lead and deliver projects successfully, on time and within budget regardless of the type of industry, project type, scope or location. Now more than ever global standards are crucial to the professional project manager because they ensure a professional project management standard is applied consistently worldwide. More importantly, it can help an organisation align its project workload to meet its strategic goals, while making the best use of their limited resources. Coming from a range of industries and organisations, you are invited to join fellow executives with a shared desire to deliver a higher performance in delivering projects. This executive diploma is your chance to gather the savoir-faire and inspiration needed to deliver these strategically important projects. The programme also presents a meeting place for like-minded but diverse experts to discuss many of the trends and challenges facing project managers in today’s global economy.

Programme Aims and Objectives

This Executive Diploma in Project Management will allow participants to maximise their personal development while participating in and exploring the most up to date project management topics led by practicing practitioners, ensuring the best quality learning experience. < On completion of the Executive Diploma in Project Management students should have acquired the skills to:

  • Evaluate organisational approaches to managing projects

  • Understand the importance of stakeholders, success criteria and critical success factors in the context of projects

  • Evaluate methods for the management of the project life cycle

  • Select and apply methods, tools and techniques for initiation, planning, monitoring, execution and closing of projects

  • Analyse the skills and competencies required of the project team

  • Gain an appreciation of the PMI approach to project management

  • Study techniques that help prepare students for the examination


To be awarded the Executive Diploma in Project Management, a student will be required to complete a group assignment during the course. Assessment is 100% written assignment.

Programme Content

Core Modules

Project Management in Context

Integrating the Fundamentals of Project Management

Project Scope Management

Project Time Management

Project Negotiations and Communications

Project Finance and budgeting

Leading project Teams

Project Integration Management

Project Procurement Management

Project Quality Management

Managing Risk and Opportunities

Project Management Professional Responsibility

In addition to the Executive Diploma in Project Management this course concentrates on preparing students to take the PMP certification exam. Students are instructed on how to prepare, study for and take the examination. Sample questions of the type given in then examination are used and the curriculum has been specifically built to broadly map to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013 and the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Examination Specification.


The Executive Diploma in Project Management is delivered 1 day per week over 8 weeks. Full course material and textbooks are included in the course fee and lunch is also provided for participants.

Career Progression Opportunities

The qualification obtained from the Executive 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 and oversee projects on a small or large scale.

Student Profile

This programme was developed specifically for senior and middle level managers and executives that want to understand and appreciate the value project management can bring in helping to execute business strategies.Participants will discover how best practices in project management can add consistency to the process of delivering quality products and solutions to customers on time, within budget, and ahead of the competition. 


The fee for this Diploma is €2,500. 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 Evening Diploma Fees here.

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

DBS Student Facilities

• 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.

Next Steps

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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.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 ​day per week, 10am-5pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 8 weeks

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. 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