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Project Leadership & Management Diploma

Enhance your PM leadership skills to execute the most complex projects.
IPMA-B®, NFQ Level 9, PLM Dip.
15 Weeks
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  • About
  • Certification
  • Syllabus
  • Requirements
  • Why Us
  • Fee & Schedules
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Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader

This diploma focuses on the rapidly growing new specialism of Project Leadership in organisations. It telescopes decades of know-how on the soft side of programme and project leadership into an accessible structure and blueprint of the ‘key steps’ required.

The programme explains how to generate positive results for projects and clients while growing as a leader and empowering the team to fully contribute.

What will I learn?

The programme examines the capabilities, attitudes and behaviours needed to become a confident, driven and focused project leader.

It is delivered in an engaging manner, combining a practical framework with inspirational stories from practitioners and academics.
The Role of Strategic Project Leaders
  • Strategic management, leadership and strategy
  • Distributed and situational leadership
  • Authentic leadership, coaching, and mentoring
Strategic Project Leadership Skills
  • Conflict stage models and their value in team building
  • Diplomatic, persuasiveness, and rhetorical skills
  • Building stress resistance and soft skills
Structuring Project Organisations
  • Organisational structures, roles, and power relations
  • Traditional and Agile project structures
  • Adapting your leadership style to the organization
And many more
Building Engaged Stakeholder Networks
  • Mapping stakeholders interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement models
  • Managing stakeholder attitudes, and expectations
  • Stakeholder orientation in agile projects
Leading and Managing Global Projects
  • Characteristics and challenges of large global projects
  • Global governance, coherence, and conflicting interests
  • Designing a project management solution
Building & Motivating Strategic Project Teams
  • Principles of motivation and motivational theories
  • Corporate/national culture and intercultural teams
  • Emotional Intelligence: origins and key concepts
  • Building high performance teams
Leading Transformation, Innovation & Change
  • Risk tolerance: balancing radical and incremental innovation
  • The human side of change management
  • Converting the project vision to reality
Strategic Project Leadership Competencies
  • Teamwork, resourcefulness, and results orientation
  • Leadership styles
  • Developing effective leadership competencies
Managing Virtual Project Teams
  • Traditional versus Virtual Project Teams
  • Communication and coordinating work in virtual teams
  • Best practices for managing virtual teams
Negotiate & Influence Project Agreements
  • Negotiation theories, techniques, and tactics
  • Legal and regulatory structuring of contracts
  • Assertiveness and drive to reach desired outcomes
Managing Power, Interests, Conflict, & Crises
  • Formal and informal power and influence
  • Difference between power and authority
  • Influence, sources of interests, and conformity
  • Understanding the psychology of power in projects
Political, Ethical and Social Leadership
  • Codes of ethics and codes of practice
  • Social equity and embedding of sustainability principles
  • Personal and organisational development
Applying Agile Mindset to Strategic Projects
  • Agile leader mind‐set and practices
  • Transitioning the organisation to Lean/Agile
  • Servant leadership, facilitation and impediments
  • Being a successful Agile leader
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This diploma is aimed at...

  • Team leaders, managers, and individual contributors responsible for the success of projects and programs
  • Mid to senior-level professionals implementing change and organisational strategy execution
  • Emerging leaders who wish to master the foundations of impactful leadership
  • Anyone from any industries such as Human Resource, Construction, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, Medical, Management, etc
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Admission Requirements

  • A level 8 degree, or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.
  • If you don’t have a third level qualification but have relevant professional work experience, you may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess your suitability.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board. A CV will be required to check the eligibility.


Please don’t hesitate to schedule a call with our educational advisor if you require any further information.

Why Study with Us?
Sole Focus
Globally Recognised
Unparalleled Expertise
Student Hub & Community
Support Team
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Sole Focus

We specialise on the discipline of project management. The Institute is respected as Ireland’s premier certification authority.

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Globally Recognised

Within the IPMA®, the Institute is the national body representing Ireland in a federation of over 70 countries.

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Unparalleled Expertise

A faculty with unparalleled expertise and knowledge to ensure your project work yields the desired business results.

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Student Hub & Community

Access additional course resources and playback your classes, connect with a global student community, brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

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Support Team

Our friendly support team is here to help and guide you at every step of the way.

Fee & Schedules

This course can be provided to your staff at your own premises with a convenient and cost-effective solution. Learn more

Student Reviews

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Student Reviews
Highly professional and trained teachers
Thanks to their lectures, you can see your work from another perspective, that of project management. I would recommend the course to get involved and acquire new skills for a qualitative leap in your career.
Great course to enter the world of project management
Well-rounded course content and lecturers. Highly recommended course. It will upskill you and provide the necessary tools & techniques needed to manage modern-day projects.
Excellent program really well run
I took this course during COVID and the Institute did everything they could to help ensure we completed the course with as little disruption as possible. All the instructors are very knowledgeable and I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Project Management.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

Need further information?
How is the course assessed?

Participants are assessed in the subject areas on a mixture of written assignments and final examinations.

Is this course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of the programme is suitable for various fields. We have many students from different backgrounds, like engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others, who completed the course successfully.

What payment options are available?
  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 50/50 instalment payment option: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).
How can I get IPMA Level B Certification?

Candidates undertaking the course have an option to apply for IPMA Level B certification at a reduced rate of 40% of the standard fee, subject to them meeting the IPMA® experience requirements.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a project manager of which at least 3 years were in a responsible leadership function managing complex projects.
How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

Live virtual classes run one evening per week, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week on the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

If I don’t have the necessary academic qualifications, can I still be admitted?

If the candidate has relevant professional work experience but no primary degree, the candidate may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess the candidate’s suitability to attend the course.

Eligibility for those wishing to pursue IPMA Level B certification at a discounted rate will be assessed separately.

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