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Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma

Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma

This distinctive professional diploma is tailored for project managers aiming to elevate their careers. Acquire the expertise to analyse your current project portfolio from a strategic perspective, contribute to the organisation's overall strategy, and oversee projects at a level that extends beyond the tactical aspect.

Advance at managing programmes and strategic PMO thinking.
IPMA-C®, EQF Level 7, SPPM Dip.
42 Hours
$ 2,750
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Strategic Steps to Advance Project Management

Strategic project management is an emerging trend in the business realm. While conventional project management guides a project from inception to conclusion, strategic project management focuses on a broader perspective.

The significance for project management experts has escalated. Proficiency in creating project plans or concentrating solely on tools is no longer sufficient. Instead, adapting swiftly to changes and operating with strategic intent demands a fresh array of skills.

This part-time diploma presents a university-backed curriculum facilitated by 10 industry professionals. It includes three certifications designed to enhance your capacity to effectively oversee multiple projects, translate strategy into actionable steps, and attain a competitive edge in the market. Elevate your career and gain recognition as a practitioner displaying proven adeptness in strategic project management methodologies and principles.

Learning Outcomes and Content

The course content reflects the latest findings from global research, emerging trends, and industry-leading practices. By completing this course, you will acquire practical techniques that can be readily applied to enhance programme and portfolio management performance.

Explore further details about the course modules and learning objectives by downloading the brochure below.
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have achieved the following learning objectives:

  • Influence Higher Contextual Aspects: Gain the ability to effectively navigate and influence the broader contextual factors that impact projects.
  • Master Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management: Demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles and practices of project, programme, and portfolio management, while ensuring alignment with strategic objectives.
  • Implement a Project Management Office (PMO): Explain the various types of PMOs, their functions, and construction methods. Choose an appropriate methodology and information system for effective PMO operations.
  • Financial and Cost Management: Apply financial management principles and cost management concepts to effectively control project finances.
  • Negotiation Skills: Design and execute negotiation strategies, leading to successful agreements and outcomes.
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Management: Engage and manage stakeholder expectations to ensure their active involvement and support of project initiatives.
  • Competency Evaluation and Development: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of individual competencies, identifying strengths and weaknesses. Develop a baseline plan for future career development and improvement in areas of deficiency.
  • Specific Project Management Competencies: Demonstrate competency in specific areas of project management, applying learned knowledge and skills effectively.
  • Effective Communication with Executives: Develop the ability to communicate project core messages concisely and effectively to executive stakeholders.
Course Modules

The course consists of the following modules, carefully designed to provide you with the necessary concepts and techniques as a strategic framework to achieve the organisation’s mission.


Developing Strategic Thinking Competence
  • The Next Generation Project Manager
  • Defining Strategy
  • A Framework for Strategic Thinking
  • Evolution of Strategic Management
  • Analysing the Environment
  • Gaining a Competitive Edge within the Organisational Setting
  • Interconnections between Portfolio Management and Strategic Project Management
Organisational Project Management
  • Developing a comprehensive structure for Organisational Project Management
  • Interconnections among Projects, Programmes, & Portfolios
  • Integration of Strategic Plans into Organisational Project Management
  • Addressing organisational challenges to ensure effective project management implementation
  • Distinguishing between Project and Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management: elucidation, classifications, methodologies, and approaches
  • Application of models for prioritising and selecting Portfolios
Project Management Mastery
  • An exploration of the key elements in achieving Project Management expertise
  • Process groups and knowledge areas within Project Management
  • Employing a systematic methodology for effective project management
Developing a Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Introducing the Concept of PMO
  • Diverse Varieties of PMO
  • Structures, Functions, and Personnel of PMO
  • Initiating a PMO
  • The Lifecycle of PMO
  • Implementation of Information Management
Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)
  • Elucidating the Concept of PMIS
  • PMIS: Prerequisites and Attributes
  • Advantages of PMIS
  • PMIS Solutions: Cloud-Based and Onsite Alternatives
  • Tools for Project Portfolio Management and Criteria for Selection
  • Information Handling
  • Integrating PMIS with Functional Domains
Project Portfolio Management Implementation
  • Establishing the Strategic Project Management Office
  • Enabling the Adoption of Project Portfolio Management
  • Categorising Portfolios for Efficient Management
  • Embracing Methodologies for Project Portfolio Management
  • Streamlining Project Prioritisation Processes
  • Distinguishing between the PMO and Project Portfolio Management
Fundamentals of Programme Management
  • Establishing the Definition of Programme Management
  • Strategic Shifts and Organisational Proficiency
  • Programme Management Transformation Flow and Governance Elements
  • Distinction between Programme Manager and Project Manager
Benefits Realisation Management (BRM)
  • Aims and Targets of Benefits Realisation Management
  • Efficient Strategies for Benefits Realisation Management
  • Merits of Benefits Realisation Management
  • Supervising and Governing Benefits Realisation Management
  • Nurturing a Framework for Benefits Realisation Management
Negotiation Strategies
  • Comprehending the various project modifications
  • Grasping the diverse negotiation methods within projects
  • Recognising key stakeholders involved in change management and initiating project negotiations
  • Developing a proactive negotiation strategy to garner support from crucial stakeholders for the proposed project modifications
Differentiating Strategy Design from Strategy Execution
  • Bridging the Divide between Strategy Design and Execution
  • Implementing Effective Measures to Overcome the Disparity
  • Steering the Organisation through Transformative Change
  • Framework-based Approach to Organisational Strategic Challenges Resolving Hurdles in Strategy Implementation
  • Enhancing Core Competencies for Effective Execution of Strategic Initiatives
Governance for the Management of Projects
  • Definitions: Governance of Project Management
  • Governance Principles in Practice
  • The Core Components of Governance
Project Management Complexity
  • Definitions: Project Management Complexity
  • Levels of Project Complexity
  • Project Complexity and Traditional Project Management
  • The Diamond Framework
  • Complexity Measurement Approach
Agile and Lean Management
  • Identifying Lean and Agile values and principles
  • Defining the Agile mindset
  • Differentiating Agile Vs Lean Implementing agile practices to projects
  • Scrum: Definitions and Framework
Financial Basics for Project Managers
  • An Overview of Accounting and Financial Reports
  • Managing Cash Flow, Profits & Losses, and Balance Sheets
  • Financial Evaluation: Ratios Analysis, Solvency Ratios, Return on Investment Ratios
  • Assessing Costs and Benefits with Discounted Cash Flow Methods
  • Exploring Project Funding Options
Practical Case Studies

This course employs authentic case studies from various industries as a valuable method to facilitate the practical application of acquired knowledge to real-world scenarios.
These case studies illustrate how one can successfully navigate complex situations with uncertain solutions:

  • Implementing Project Portfolio Management in the Pharmaceutical Sector
  • A PMO’s Path to Achieving Best Practices in the Financial Services Sector
Competence & Global Standards

This diploma program incorporates IPMA’s Competence and Excellence Standards in Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management:


This diploma program incorporates IPMA's Competence and Excellence Standards in Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management:
  • IPMA® Certification System
  • IPMA® Certification Assessment
  • Competence Elements and Key Competence Indicators
IPMA® Project Excellence Baseline
  • Project Management Excellence
  • People and Purpose
  • Process and Resources
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This programme is ideal for...

  • Forward-thinking professionals with a strategic mindset from any background looking to apply project, programme, and portfolio management principles and methodologies within their respective organisations.
  • Experienced professionals with a minimum of three years of experience in project work, either as team members or project managers.
  • Business executives, managers, leaders, PMO personnel, and other professionals who play an active role in projects, regardless of their job titles.
  • Professionals are employed in organisations of all sizes, both the private and public sectors.
  • Project managers who are aiming to advance in their careers through professional certification.

You can learn more about Programme Management vs Project Management by reading this article.

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Admission Requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.
  • Candidates without a tertiary-level qualification but possessing substantial professional experience may undergo an evaluation interview, either in-person or via telephone, at the discretion of the Course Director. This interview aims to assess their suitability for the programme.
  • All applications will pass through screening processes by IPM’s Admissions Assessment Board. The submission of a CV is necessary to verify eligibility.

If you are unsure if this programme suits you, feel free to Schedule a Call to speak with our educational adviser.

Why IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Expertise
Why Choose This Diploma?
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Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as a preeminent professional organisation dedicated to the project management discipline.
  • Trained over 40,000 Professionals and Certified over 6,000 Project Managers.
  • IPMA® Member Association.
  • Worked with over 500 different corporations.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Expertise

Unlike other organisations, which offer different training programs across many functional areas, the Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the disciplines of project, program, and portfolio management.

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty of international subject-matter experts ranging from Project Directors to former Heads of PM Certification Authorities. Focusing solely on project management guarantees exceptional instruction and learning opportunities.

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Why Choose This Diploma?
  • The Diploma helps formally trained PMs take the next steps in programme management.
  • It uniquely offers 3 premium Certifications from IPMA, TU Dublin, and IPM.
  • Our faculty of handpicked international experts will provide you with a variety of perspectives.
  • You will join a large and growing cohort of IPM Alumni.
  • The programme is practical and pulls from internationally respected methodologies.
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Globally Positioned

IPM is uniquely partnered with the world’s leading project management certification bodies: IPMA (Member Association & Certification Body), PMI (Authorised Training Partner), and PRINCE2® (Accredited Training Organisation).

We have also partnered with Ireland’s second largest University, Technological University (TU) Dublin, meaning we can offer Bachelor & Master’s levels programmes. This affiliation links us to the European University of Technology (EUt+).

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  • Join our rapidly growing project management community of 25,000 followers.
  • Mentoring and Events– Get support for your career or help guide new project managers.
  • Volunteering – Gain project experience while helping the project management community.
  • Platform for your voice – Submit an article to our blog and showcase your writing.
  • Industry updates – Get the latest PM news and insights from global experts.

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Alumni Reviews

4.8 stars
Google (100+ reviews)

Michael O’Dwyer

Very knowledgeable lecturers and very relevant information
May 26threv_glob_img
Very comprehensive course. It covers quite a lot over a 14 week period. I really enjoyed it. Lecturers very good and some great practical examples given.

Niall Gilligan

Senior Project Manager at Munich Re
Nov 4threv_glob_img
Fantastic courses provided by a diverse team who specialize in different aspects of Project Management. It gave me the confidence to move forward in my career as a project manager and, having recently recertified, they are an organization I trust.

Helen Thornton

Civil Servant at Courts Service 
Dec 10threv_glob_img
The best lecturers I had the pleasure to listen to in a long, long time. I learned so much. Each Lecturer was so unique in their approach to Project Management. Game changers. Thank you. 

Padraig Friel

Project Management Consultant and Trainer at PM360 Consulting 
Oct 12threv_glob_img
Fantastic course! For me, this was my first academic experience where all the learnings were immediately transferable to the workplace. The course provided a strong understanding of the Project Management discipline.

Alan O'Brien

Product Manager at Allied Irish Bank 
June 20threv_glob_img
Fantastic course! For me, this was my first academic experience where all the learnings were immediately transferable to the workplace. The course provided a strong understanding of the Project Management discipline.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Get in depth information about the course and answers to frequently asked questions.
What exactly is covered by the course fee?

The course fee covers all costs associated with the exams and certifications, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live virtual classes led by subject matter experts, recordings, and unrestricted help from our Student Support team.

Does the course have payment plans? 

There are two methods of payment:

  • Before the start of the course, full payment;
  • 50/50 payment schedule: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the balance should be paid in full by week seven of the course.
What are the delivery formats available for this course?

Every week, on one evening, the course is offered online. Each class is held in a real-time virtual classroom setting with lecturers who are subject matter experts. You won’t have to worry about missing a class because a recording of each online session will be accessible for a short time in the Student Hub.

Is the course suitable for candidates without former PM knowledge?

This course is better suited to candidates with a fundamental knowledge of traditional project management frameworks and some practical experience. The course is designed for project managers or any professional who directly contributes to projects.

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this professional diploma in strategic project and programme management is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others – who completed the course successfully.

How is this course assessed?

Four written assignments and a 3-hour online exam at the course’s end serve as the assessment tools.

How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course? 

Classes run one evening per week, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week studying the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this varies based on each individual’s capability.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class? 

A recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

How will this course help with my career? 

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you develop a strategic mindset and the practical competence that is so valuable to hiring managers. Gain the concepts, skills, and confidence to take the next step in your project management career with globally recognised credentials.

Am I eligible to get the IPMA Level C Certification?

Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a project manager within projects of moderate complexity OR a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a responsible project management role assisting the project manager in complex projects.

The Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board will do a preliminary eligibility assessment at the time of your application. If a candidate is not yet eligible to get this certification level, they can return within a two-year timeframe after completing the final exam to continue the certification application process.

What is the difference between your diploma courses?

Certified Project Management Diploma: This course is perfect for individuals embarking on their accredited career path as project managers. It is also well-suited for project managers seeking to enhance their practice through formal training in core project management tactical subjects.


Strategic Project Program Management Diploma: Designed for candidates with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in project management, this program caters to those confident in managing projects from initiation to closeout, adhering to best practices and standards. It aims to build upon your foundational knowledge and develop your skills in managing multiple projects while implementing strategic project management in your daily routine and within your organisation.


Project Leadership and Management Diploma:Tailored for emerging leaders and project management professionals, this program focuses on refining management and leadership skills. It is designed to assist you in evolving from project manager to project leader. The program emphasises the development of capabilities, attitudes, and behaviours necessary to become a confident, driven, and focused project leader.