Study project planning and project controls online with expert project managers.

Learn to develop detailed plans, schedules and budgets for highly complex projects and how to use these plans to keep projects on track.

On this practical course, you’ll cover the vital tools and techniques successful project managers use to control cost, schedule and performance.

You’ll learn new ways to:

  • collect, manage and analyse data for large and mega-scale projects
  • spot trends in data
  • report on project progress.

You can tailor your learning to your sector and apply new project management techniques in your workplace from the start. You’ll also develop your skills in communication and report writing.

Who is this project planning course for?

This course is ideal if you want to develop a detailed understanding of project planning and control practices, whatever your sector.

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

This course is very practical in its focus and assessments. You’ll study vital aspects of project management, covering six separate work packages:

  • Session 1: Setting the context
  • Session 2: Scope and estimating
  • Session 3: Detailed planning
  • Session 4: Plans to execution
  • Session 5: Project control
  • Session 6: Project decision making

You’ll learn how to:

  • develop detailed project schedules and budgets
  • plan project resources accurately
  • report project progress effectively
  • exert project control.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain and evaluate the basic principles and techniques of project planning and project control.
  • Apply new project management methods to your work environment.
  • Discuss and use a variety of project scheduling techniques.
  • Write management and technical reports.
  • Use project networks and Gantt charts to assist in successful project planning.
  • Describe and use resource levelling and fast-tracking techniques.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Project Planning and Control course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

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.

Your tutor

You’ll learn from highly experienced project manager and consultant, Dr Robin Henderson.

Your course tutor

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:


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.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

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.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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