Diploma in Project Management

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Diploma in Project Management at DBS

Diploma in Project Management Overview

DBS is happy to announce its course in Project Management based in our Dublin City Centre campus. Project Management is of growing importance to organisations because it deals effectively with the management of change. Organisations are beginning to realise that the traditional form of management cannot deal with the dynamics and resulting chaos of the modern economic, social and business environment. Project management is a method for organisations to achieve profitability targets, but just as significantly; it is a ‘culture’ that will assist most people to improve their personal performance.

Programme Aims and Objectives

Students who complete this course in Project Management should be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of organisational approaches to project management

  • Understand the core competencies required to make an effective project manager including communication, leadership, motivation, negotiation and team building skills

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

  • Evaluate the importance of effective management of the project life cycle

  • Be able to apply methods, tools and techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling projects and for managing risk

  • Create a project plan

  • Understand the various roles and the importance of the project office.

Dublin Business School’s Diploma in Project Management is a gateway course to our Business (Project Management) degree. Learn more about Dublin Business School’s BA in Business – Project Management.


View provisional timetable here.

Course in Project Management Assessment

To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Project Management, a student will be required to complete an individual assignment (70%) and group assignment (30%).

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

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Diploma in Project Management Content

As projects become more obscure, greater competencies are required to manage their complexity. This syllabus is designed to examine project management roles and environments, the project life cycle, and various tools and techniques of project initiation, planning, execution, control, and close-out to successfully achieve project objectives.

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.


Courses in 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.  


Careers in Project Management

Project management 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, Psychology and Social Sciences to construction.

Student Profile

The 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. 

Project Management Diploma Fees

The fee for our Diploma in Project Management is €1,500 .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.

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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, please 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
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

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm