This is a one-year postgraduate course designed to provide engineers and other suitably qualified graduates with a good appreciation and understanding of project management techniques and practice in civil engineering and construction. This course has been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing professional development.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 – 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants may be required to submit coursework as part of the students' assessment. Examinations take place in May. Topics covered include:
- Project management
- Legal aspects
- Contract and tendering procedures
- The computer in project control and IT in construction
- Project accounting and cost control
- Human resources management
- Industrial relations and health and safety
- Insurance aspects
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management is based on a combination of the results of two examination papers and coursework consisting of a research report and a project management computing exercise. Each constitutes one third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each paper; there is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the examination papers is 40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70% or more at the summer examination. The Diploma awarding ceremony takes place in November.
An honours degree in Engineering, Architecture or related subject, or a suitable professional qualification plus at least two years relevant work experience (BSc Surveying will be considered if the candidate is working in an engineering environment). A candidate may be interviewed to establish his or her suitability for the course.