Project Management GradCert

1. Overview

The Graduate Certificate Project Management provides an overview of the practices and concepts of project management. It develops and caters for all project management disciplines including those working in oil & gas, information technology, public sector, business, built environment, engineering, knowledge, health and energy.

This course is designed for those with no first degree, but a minimum of two years experience in project management, who are seeking to study a postgraduate Masters in Project Management.  Alternatively someone with a first degree in a different discipline may undertake this certificate for subject knowledge and career progression.  The overall aim is to promote an understanding of the importance of project management and its fundamental principles, concepts and methodologies, through examining the operational, change, commercial and strategic contexts of a diverse range of projects.

2. What you will study

Students will study the following modules:

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

This course is a distance learning course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers students flexibility of where and when they can study. Distance learning allows students to continue to work full-time without the need for a career break and provides the opportunity to enhance careers through academic study and practical translation of the theory. This can also be a great chance to meet like-minded individuals across a number of industries and develop networking opportunities all via technology.

CampusMoodle offers full open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with course materials which include:

  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

All students are required to fully participate in their online learning experience and engage with the learning process. As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process with a particular emphasis on group-related activities. However, a collaborative learning environment also requires that students become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how their learning occurs.

Once you have received an offer for the course and before enrolment, all successful applicants are offered the chance to log into our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle.  This gives you the opportunity to view course information, ask questions and find out more before you start the course.

4. Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from students who have non-standard qualifications or indeed no qualifications but practical experience.

Each application is individually assessed based on previous qualifications and the level of experience.

You should have two years’ relevant business management experience.

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

The Aberdeen Business School is recognised by The Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Global Registered Education Provider. Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations approved by PMI to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDU). Our MSc in Project Management is accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM)

6. Student Funding

  • Scottish students can apply to SAAS for the part time fee grant if they are studying the part-time route. More information from SAAS.
  • English students can apply for loan funding through Student Finance England.
  • All students are eligible to pay their fees on an instalment basis according to the University payment system.
  • Many of our existing students on this course are funded wholly or partially by their employer.  Arrangements can be made for the employer to be invoiced.

For further information please contact us or visit Student Finance .

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £3,120 entire course

International Students

  • £5,150 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

  • £3,030 entire course

International Students

  • £5,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £2,940 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £2,830 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £2,660 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • Fee to be confirmed entire course
  • £748 module for CPD students


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All applications can be made through Apply Online.

Course Enquiries and Contact: For further course information, contact the course leader Susan Lawrie:


Tel: +44 (0)1224 263861

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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Start Date

September, January or March

Course Length

9 months

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
Aberdeen Business School
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