Postgraduate Diploma in Programme
Management Course (PGDipPM) – NQF L8
Cranefield College’s Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management course is designed for working professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of programme-managing the entire cross-functionally shaped organisational value chain in the prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) economy. Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and value chain management is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. In today’s world one cannot be a successful leader without possessing project and programme management acumen. Cranefield graduates gain access to the Postgraduate Diploma studies via the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Advanced Diploma in Project Management. Prospective students who achieved their NQF L7 qualifications from other academic institutions may also apply.
Aspects most affected by Industry 4.0 are customer expectations, product and service enhancement, collaborative innovation, and organisational forms. These aspects are comprehensively addressed on the course, and students learn how to best maximize organisational benefits of strategic importance that lead to success. The Postgraduate Diploma’s distance learning format and structure allow for flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals with limited time to study. The Postgraduate Diploma is an accredited NQF Level 8 qualification.
Cranefield College is an ISO-9001-certified leader in private higher education and selects only the best in terms of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are at the cutting edge of development in their fields. This ensures that students enjoy first-class tuition and derive maximum practical benefit from their studies. Moreover, history has proven that they are positively influential in the job market very early in their studies.
Successful Postgraduate Diploma students are given a solid foundation for more advanced studies through which they could continue to achieve greater heights. Graduates who further their studies through Cranefield may next enrol for the Master of Commerce in Programme Management (completed part-time in two years, depending on module choices and personal progress). Exceptional students may later in their careers progress all the way to the Cranefield PhD in Commerce and Administration, which signifies the highest level of attainment.
After completing the Postgraduate Diploma, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate with advanced knowledge and insight the behavioural strategic advantages of creating and operating effective and efficient project and process teams in the organisational value chain, with the objective of improving its performance in the 4IR economy.
- Understand financial management principles and theories, and demonstrate advanced knowledge and insight in the effective application of financial strategy to add value to the overall performance of the 4IR organisation.
- Demonstrate with advanced knowledge and insight the application of organisational strategy practices to meet challenges in the internal and external environments in a predominantly emergent manner to enhance the value creation ability of 4IR learning organisations.
- Reflect with advanced knowledge and insight on the role of quality and performance management in the 4IR organisational value chain, particularly its cross-functional programme-managed supply chain and project components, with the aim of achieving optimal benefits of strategic importance.
- Communicate accurately and appropriately in the English language, particularly in terms of written communication in the business context, with advanced insight and understanding.
Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow
In the current economic climate, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the abilities of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to apply what they learn today in their work context tomorrow. All academic programmes and modules are presented in English and due to the structure of all Cranefield’s academic programmes, students who choose to attend live or live online classes spend only one day per month away from work.
Note that classes can be attended live at the Cranefield auditorium or live on-line via the Internet. The rest of the time student syndicate groups meet outside of work hours to discuss their practical case studies. Cranefield’s state of the art teaching and learning technologies allow classes, and even syndicate group meetings, to be attended live online via the Internet anywhere in the world. Recordings of classes are available for revision purposes, or where a student is unable to attend a live session or resides in a country that falls outside the time line.
To cater to the needs of working students, there are intakes in each quarter of the year so as to allow for flexibility in terms of being able to commence studies in January, April, July or October in any given year. Learning modules are offered in series, with one module at a time being completed per quarter.