Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Practical Project Management

Get a professional, accredited introduction to project management from a top UK university.

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The University of GlasgowThe University of Glasgow

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Learn project management from experts in the field

Packed full of real-world examples of project management at work, learn the leadership skills you need to level-up your career or boost your business – in just ten weeks.

Unlock your project management career potential

Project management is a growing and sought-after profession – the Project Management Institute estimates the career to have grown by $6.61 trillion over a seven-year period by the end of 2020.

Moreover, project management skills are in great demand, as business becomes ever more multinational and complex. Being able to professionally manage projects, activities, and tasks to a tight schedule is an ability that can set your CV apart.

Upskill and learn essential project management tools

On this microcredential, you’ll learn practical project management skills. Using real-world case studies, you’ll cover the project lifecycle from feasibility to closure, examining each stage and exploring practical issues such as business imperatives, managing people, setting priorities, and tight deadlines.

You’ll learn how the pieces of a project fit together, building towards a practical final assessment where you create a personal project management toolkit that can fit any workplace.

Master project management and increase your earnings

Project management is vital for implementing change, and this course could be the first step on an exciting new career, or an opportunity to upskill yourself with the latest in project management practical thinking.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

Industry statistics

  • Median base salary£39,000
  • UK job openings/month7,320

What skills will you learn?

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Managing change
  • Managing People
  • Making effective decisions
  • Prioritising and managing time

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify the stages of the project lifecycle and the different tools and techniques used in each stage
  • Develop and evaluate project plans on the basis of timing, cost and risk
  • Explore the project management process and how this is applied in the workplace

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

Participants should be educated to at least degree standard and ideally have an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. Some experience in managing projects is desirable but not mandatory.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This course is designed for:

  • Graduate managerial employees looking to further their managerial skillset.

  • Professional employees looking to enhance their management credentials.

This is a careers-minded course, aimed at providing a project management certification that will leave you feeling confident about successfully completing projects in practise, and applying for jobs that require project oversight skills – accelerating your career in the process.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll be enrolled directly with the University of Glasgow, allowing you access to student services and support including the library

  • Course 1

    From 27 Jul 2020

    Introduction to Project Management and the Project Lifecycle

    Establishing the building blocks and looking at how project managers operate

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 10 Aug 2020

    Planning the Project

    Examining all aspects of the most important stage of any project

    5 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 14 Sep 2020

    Monitoring and Controlling the Project

    Making it happen, delivering to expectations, and successfully negotiating change

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 4

    From 28 Sep 2020

    Closing the Project, Tips and Tools

    Putting it all together and applying what you’ve learnt

    1 week

    10 hours per week

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Glasgow

Successful completion of the microcredential will award 10 credits towards a Masters Degree at Glasgow University as part of its Professional Pathways Masters in Management Courses.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established1451
  • LocationGlasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World rankingTop 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by experts

I coordinate the project management courses for the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University. I have 25 years project management experience and a track record of successfully delivery.

I am a practical project manager with twenty years of experience following a successful career in education. For recreation, I’m currently studying for a maths degree from the Open University.

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When would you like to start?

Enrolment for this microcredential is closed. We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Speak to an enrolment advisor to find out more about this microcredential and future start dates.

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    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our code of conduct

    Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

    There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

    No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

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