Study project success online with project management experts.
Join us online for a flexible short course that focuses on project success, and how you can achieve it wherever you work.
- Discover why some projects succeed – and others fail.
- Train in tools and techniques that will help you set up projects for more predictable, positive outcomes.
- Learn in depth about the Stage Gate Process, project framing, stakeholder and knowledge management, and the successful project lifecycle – including after-action reviews and benchmarking.
You’ll broaden your understanding of what it takes to plan and deliver complex projects successfully, in any sector.
Who is this online course for?
This distance-learning course is designed for anyone, in any sector, who:
- wants to learn techniques to help them manage projects more successfully
- wants to study the Stage Gate Process in depth
- works in project management, or is keen to pursue a career in project management.
You do not have to hold a degree to join this course – you’re welcome to apply if you have relevant professional experience.
Build credits towards a Masters degree
This online course is part of our accredited:
You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this accredited MSc qualification.
What you’ll study
You’ll cover the following topics, tools and techniques across six course blocks.
Project success and failure
- How to define project success and failure.
- What influences project success and failure.
- You’ll learn a technique to help you define how successful projects are, from both delivery and a customer perspective.
Project value and framing
- You’ll look at project value as a key component of project success.
- You’ll learn to frame a project, using a structured method. This will help you capture and communicate key project information for decision makers.
- Stage Gate processes.
- You’ll examine the vital aspects required at each gate to support a successful project outcome.
- The importance of Stakeholders to the success of a project.
- Tools you can use to identify and manage them.
Knowledge management (KM)
- How effective KM can dramatically increase project effectiveness.
- You’ll cover after-action reviews, lessons learned and benchmarking.
- Tools and techniques for supporting decision making, problem solving, selection of preferred alternatives, and more.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...
Explain why some projects succeed and some fail.
Evaluate project success and project value within a business environment using the tools and techniques of project management.
Analyse and evaluate various factors influencing the development and ultimate success of a project.
Analyse and evaluate stakeholder involvement and knowledge management in projects.
Apply new project management methods to a work environment.
Present a reasoned argument backed up by evidence in the form of a project framing document.
Fits around full-time work
This course is designed to fit around work. With flexible hours and 24/7 study access.
You’re in expert hands
We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.
20% alumni discount
University of Aberdeen alumni get 20% off this online course.
How you’ll study
Our distance learning Delivering Successful Projects course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.
This course is taught at Masters level.
Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.
You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:
- virtual classroom collaborative sessions
- reading materials
- discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
- the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.
You’ll learn from highly experienced project manager and consultant, Derek Allan.
You’ll be assessed online. Assessment will take place throughout the teaching term.
Types of assessment for this course may include:
- online quizzes
- timed online open-book assessments.
Your assessments will have submission deadlines, either during or at the end of the course. Your course coordinator will let you know when your assessment deadlines are, so you can plan your study time accordingly.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times. This could include coursework and assessments with deadlines, or online meetings with your tutor. Otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via MyAberdeen. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service – including one-to-one advice sessions
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where this will take you
Towards a Masters
You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:
Masters in Project Management
Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).
Delivered online, part-time.
Also available to study to Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate level (60 credits).View MSc Project Management
This course will help you move into project management roles with confidence.
If you already work in a project-related environment, you’ll gain skills to move forward in your career, and expand your professional network.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.
We welcome students from all over the world.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.
If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
You do not need a visa to study online with us.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.
Recommended level of English
For this course, we recommend the following level of English language proficiency.
These are our Postgraduate Standard requirements, and these are minimum scores.
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- Overall High Pass
- 33 for listening, reading and speaking
- 38 for writing
PTE Academic (online test not accepted)
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.
The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have:
- relevant experience that supports this level of learning, or
- a 2:2 (second-class) degree.
You do not need to have a degree to join this course – you’re welcome to apply if you have relevant professional experience.