Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Project Management


Public sector project management is an area in which extensive skills capacity building is required in order to optimize the nation’s performance in the achievement of national goals. This Certificate has been designed to address the particular and daunting challenges of managing public sector projects and increasing project management skills in the public sector. It introduces project management methods and tools that have proven useful in both public and private organisations and identifies both the challenges in public sector project management and international best practices for dealing with them.

The course is for public sector project managers who want to optimize project outcomes and make a positive contribution to their agencies and organisations. It is for those who have worried about meeting a deadline for a project or getting the support of their stakeholders. It is also for those private-sector project managers who are managing projects under contract with the public sector so that they fully appreciate the challenges that go with this activity

Target audience

  • Project managers, graduate executives and generally anybody interested in the public sector

Modes of programme delivery

  • Block release

Entry Requirements
Candidates enrolling on this course are expected to have completed any of the following;

  • A degree or its equivalent in any programme, with a recognized university and
  • Have experience with project management in the public sector.

Teaching/Learning approaches/strategies

The teaching and learning strategy will utilize a variety of learning materials and methods.

The tuition period will include mini lectures, tutorials, case studies and worked examples, problem based learning, simulations and group work which will facilitate understanding of wider perspectives and build peer support opportunities.

This strategy will aim to maximize the achievement of the learning outcomes through a combination of formal input via lectures at the beginning of the module with a shift to facilitate a student centered learning approach as the module progresses. Thus students will be expected to read and research widely on an individual basis and to prepare for classes.

Assessment strategies and examinations

Formative assessment will occur prior to the summative assessment to ensure students gain feedback on their understanding to date. Students must demonstrate that they understand and can apply appropriate tools and concepts taught in the module therefore project and portfolio work will be used as assessment.

This assessment also requires a reflective critique of personal learning and development. A written assessment will be taken at the end of the course. Minimum of 50% pass mark is required. Students failing to achieve this mark will be allowed one additional chance to retake the exam


Course Duration

Students should expect to complete this course within 6 months. There is an intake in late January and late July each year. Applications for the January intake open from 1st October and for the July intake from 1st March.

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