Project Management: Turning Theory into Practice Microcredential

Project Management is the number one business tool being adopted worldwide. It's also 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. 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.

  • Teaching start: January
  • Microcredential: 10 weeks
    Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week
    Teaching start: 23 January 2023

Why this course

This course provides practical tools and techniques that can be used in the workplace. Relevant tools and skills are taught by lecturers with extensive industry experience. By the end of the course, participants will be confident to accept any project management challenge. Project management is vital to implement change. This course is a great way to start a new exciting career.

By the end of this course students will 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.
  • Understand the project management process and how this is applied in the workplace.

This course differs from other project management courses by concentrating on giving students the skills they need to operate in the workplace. Course content is based on theoretical knowledge aligned with best practice. This is topped with advice on scaling project management processes to include pressures such as time constraints, politics, people, and risk. Participants build a toolkit of models and templates to use in the workplace, and the course includes lots of practical activities so participants have the confidence to manage projects successfully when given the opportunity. This course studies gantt charting with an open source application. This tool is compatible with Microsoft Project, that is considered the industry standard but requires comprehensive training to master all of its features.

Course structure

This course is delivered using methods including videos, presentations, quizzes, course text, academic articles, case studies and activities. Participants will learn using a combination of all of these methods and will converse with the tutors and fellow students in on-line forums.

The course is broken down into 10 weekly sessions. Key concepts are built on each week so knowledge grows as the course progresses and each component is linked. 


There is one formal assessment which is due a week after the end of the course. Like the course itself, the final assessment is practical and involves developing a project plan, mirroring a workplace task. By the end of the course each student will have a personal project management toolkit to use in any workplace.  Full instructions on completing the assessment are given during the course.

Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Project management skills are in great demand. Participants will improve their employment opportunities and gain new practical skills. By the end of the course each student will have a personal project management toolkit to use in any workplace. This course is for anyone who wants to become a project manager. It provides all the knowledge required to become a project management professional and to manage small to medium projects.

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

Entry requirements

Participants should have a first degree or equivalent and an IELTS score of at least 6.5. No previous experience in project management is required. This course is specially designed for those new to the discipline.

You will be asked to confirm you meet all entry requirements on application.

How to apply

The next run of this course will begin in January 2023.

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This course costs £799. Learners will get full access to course content, plus UofG Student resources and support. All learners will receive a HEAR Transcript to use to evidence their Continued Professional Development. Learners who successfully pass the course assessment will also gain 10 credits (this is optional).

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