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Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma

Advance at managing multiple projects and strategic PMO thinking.
IPMA-C®, NFQ Level 9, SPPM Dip.
15 Weeks
Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma
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Your Strategic Step in Project Management

Strategic Project & Programme Management is the most effective way to implement strategic initiatives because it bridges the gap between strategy and implementation.

This diploma provides a clear, concise and comprehensive description of project and programme management practice and its linkages to PMO and Portfolio concepts.

Moving from knowing how to manage a single project to managing a basket of strategically important projects demands confidence and understanding that only comes as a result of knowledge and experience.

What will I learn?

The course content reflects current global research, emerging trends, and leading practices.

You will come away from this course with concrete techniques to immediately improve programme and portfolio management performance.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss how to influence the higher contextual aspects of projects.
  • Demonstrate the principles of project, programme and portfolio management and balance the portfolio with the strategic setting.
  • Explain the different types of Project Management Office (PMO), illustrate the functions of the PMO and how they could be constructed and choose a methodology and information system for the PMO.
  • Apply financial management as well as cost management concepts.
  • Design a negotiation strategy and conclude negotiated agreements.
  • Engage and effectively manage the expectations of stakeholders toward the success of the initiative.
  • Demonstrate in detail their strengths and weaknesses against each competency based on a knowledge and experience scoring evaluation system.
  • Establish a baseline plan for future career development and improvement of competences identified as being deficient.
  • Demonstrate their competencies in specific areas of project management.
  • Communicate project core messages to executives.


Course Modules

This course modules were designed to provide you with the concepts and techniques you need to use as a strategic framework to achieve the mission of the organisation.


  • What to expect from the course
  • Course Assessment
  • Summary of certification standards
  • The Next Generation Project Manager
Developing Strategic Thinking Competence
  • Defining Strategy
  • A Framework for Strategic Thinking
  • Evolution of Strategic Management
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Competitive Advantage in the Organisational Context
  • Links between Portfolio Management and Strategic Project Management
Organisational Project Management
  • A framework for Organizational Project Management
  • Relationships between Projects, Programs & Portfolios
  • Implications of Strategic Plans to Organisational Project Management
  • Resolving organizational issues to implement successful project management
  • Project Vs Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management: definitions, types, processes, and strategies
  • Applying Portfolio ranking/selection models
Project Management Mastery
  • Overview of the components involved in Project Management mastery
  • Project Management process groups and knowledge areas
  • Using a structured approach to manage a project
Developing a Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Introduction to PMO
  • The Different types of PMO
  • PMO Structures, Functions and Staff
  • Setting up a PMO
  • The PMO Life Cycle
  • Executing Information Management
Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)
  • Defining PMIS
  • PMIS: Requirements, and Characteristics
  • Benefits of PMIS
  • PMIS tools: Cloud-based and Onsite
  • Project Portfolio Management Tools and Selection Criteria
  • Information Management
  • PMIS Integration with Functional Areas
Project Portfolio Management Implementation
  • The Strategic PMO
  • Implementing Project Portfolio Management
  • Types of Portfolios
  • Project Portfolio Management Methodologies
  • Project Prioritisation
  • PMO vs Project Portfolio Management
Fundamentals of Programme Management
  • Defining Programme Management
  • Strategic Change and Organisational Capability
  • Programme Management Transformational Flow and Governance Themes
  • Programme Manager vs Project Manager
Financial Basics for Project Managers
  • Introduction to Accounting and Financial Statements
  • Cash Flow, Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet
  • Financial Analysis: Ratio analysis, Liquidity ratios, Profitability ratios
  • Cost Benefit Analysis and Discount Cash Flow Techniques
  • Sources of Project Funding
Strategy Design vs Strategy Execution
  • The Gap between strategy design and execution
  • Practical ways to mitigate the gap
  • Guiding the organisation through change
  • Structuring the organisation’s strategy challenges within a framework
  • Solutions to address strategy delivery challenges
  • Strengthening core competences to successfully execute strategic initiatives
Benefits Realisation Management (BRM)
  • Objectives of benefits realisation management
  • Effective approaches to Benefits Realisation Management
  • Advantages of Benefits Realisation Management
  • Monitoring and controlling Benefits Realisation Management
  • Cultivating a Benefits Realisation Management Framework
Governance for the Management of Projects
  • Definitions: Governance of Project Management
  • Governance Principles and Core Components
  • Strategic Direction and Alignment
  • Sponsorship Assessment
  • Example of Project Audit Methodology
Project Management Complexity
  • Definitions: Project Management Complexity
  • Levels of Project Complexity
  • Project Complexity and Traditional Project Management
  • The Diamond Framework
  • Complexity Measurement Approach
Agile and Lean Management
  • Identifying Lean and Agile values and principles
  • Defining the Agile mindset
  • Differentiating Agile Vs Lean
  • Implementing agile practices to projects
  • Scrum: Definitions and Framework
Practical Case Studies

The programme uses case studies as an effective way to get you to practically apply your understanding of learned topics to a real-world situation. They are particularly useful to demonstrate how you can overcome complex situations where solutions are uncertain:

  • Project Portfolio Management Implementation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • A PMO Journey to Good Practice in the Financial Services Industry
  • Enterprise PMO in a Semi-state Climate Solutions Company
Competence & Global Standards

This diploma offers you a university-backed curriculum that integrates IPMA’s professional certification body global Competence and Excellence Standards in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management:


IPMA® Individual Competence Baseline
  • IPMA® Certification System
  • Competence Elements and Key competence Indicators
  • IPMA® Certification Assessment
IPMA® Project Excellence Baseline
  • Project Management Excellence
  • People and Purpose
  • Process and Resources
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This course is perfect for...

  • Project managers or any professionals with approximately 3 years of experience
  • People with a common ambition to play a leading role in developing and implementing the project and programme management
  • Those who work both in the private and the public sectors in any size of organisations
  • Anyone from any industries such as Human Resource, Construction, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Banking, Medical, Management, etc
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Entry 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?
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Globally Recognised
Unparalleled Expertise
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PM Specialist

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract experienced Lecturers who offer the most value to our attendees.

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Globally Recognised

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

Identify yourself as a competent practitioner and upgrade your status as an internationally accredited professional. Founded in 1965 in Zurich, IPMA® is the world´s first International Project Management Association, now recognised in over 70 countries across 6 continents.

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Unparalleled Expertise

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty composed by a group of subject matter experts with unparalleled proficiency and knowledge in project, programme and portfolio management.

Lecturers range from Project Directors to former Heads of Project Management Certification Authorities.

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Student Hub & Community

The Interactive Live Virtual Classroom offers you an immersive and engaging virtual learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. You can participate in live weekly classes, interactive tutoring sessions as well as group discussions inside virtual breakout rooms.

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

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Support Team

We appreciate that at times it can be challenging to balance work, family and personal commitments while staying relevant and on top of your professional development. Our expert-led distance learning team is here to help you stay relevant and connected anytime, anywhere.

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
Student Reviews
The learnings were immediately transferable to the workplace
Fantastic course! For me, this was my first academic experience where all the learnings were immediately transferable to the workplace. The course provided a strong understanding of the Project Management discipline.
Great course, well run and delivered
I would highly recommend it as a beneficial asset to your CV. The lectures and material are excellent and it was a pleasure to attend on a weekly basis.
Excellent course content, presenter and preparation for exam.
We had a small class from different backgrounds; HR, IT, Sales, Product Owner. I highly recommend them and they offer considerable value add. Had a query and the head of course (was not expecting it) took a short phone call out of hours so that will tell you the customer mantra. Go for it!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Need further information?
How is the course assessed? 

There are two components on your course assessment: four written assignments (continuous assessment) and one final exam.

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 is included in the course fees?

The course fees include the examination, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Success team.

IPMA Level C certification fees are paid separately as this is an optional outcome.

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 the IPMA Level C Certification?

You have an option to apply for IPMA Level C certification at the end of the course at a reduced fee of €395. (full price is €1300)

Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a project manager within projects of moderate complexity OR a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a responsible project management role assisting the project manager in 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 C certification will be assessed separately

Can I miss 1-2 classes?

A recording of each online lecture will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

What is the difference between CPMD and SPPMD?

The Strategic Project and Program Management Diploma is primarily designed for candidates who already have approx. 3 years of professional experience in a project management role, and have a structured knowledge of how to manage a project from initiation to close out according to best practices and standards.

If you are looking to start your accredited path as a project manager, you may consider looking at the Certified Project Management Diploma programme.

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