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Project and Change Management

PG Certificate
Duration: Up to 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September and January intakes
Faculty of Health Studies
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This programme is designed to meet the needs of existing or aspiring managers in the health and social care sector, social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations who wish to develop knowledge and skills in project and change management.

You may be a manager planning to undertake a specific project or be wishing to develop your knowledge and skills in order to further your career. Participants come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds and this facilitates learning with and from other managers.

The applied nature of the programme provides flexible opportunities to integrate theoretical learning with application to your management practice, developing your skills and knowledge in project and change management in order to add value within your organisation in today’s rapidly changing environment.

You will have the opportunity to explore and analyse a range of approaches and methods of project management. You will look critically at a range of project management phases, tools and techniques in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the project management cycle.

You will also develop an understanding of the nature of change and models and tools which can be used to manage change effectively as well as understanding how to evaluate the potential sources of resistance to change and strategies which can be used to successfully overcome them. Finally you will critically analyse models of organisational culture and the implications for managing change in your organisation.

The programme is delivered by blended learning with four one-day workshops for each module where you can learn with and from other managers. This approach aims to fit with increasingly busy working lives of managers in health and social care sectors.

Though a free standing postgraduate certificate award, it can also contribute to a Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Health and Social Care Management.

Why Bradford?

The programme team are highly experienced in delivering management development and have a background of publications and research. In addition a number of the team are qualified coaches, are qualified to run development and assessment centres and have experience of using a range of psychometric tools, or are trained in the use of Return on Investment methodology.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have already achieved a degree or equivalent professional qualification.

However, applicants without formal qualifications but who have or expect to have management responsibility in a public service environment will also be considered. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your application.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

For each module you will attend four one-day workshops. The teaching in both modules aims to integrate theory and application of knowledge to enable you to develop your effectiveness as a manager.

Learning outcomes are developed through a series of contextualising lectures that cover key topics. Workshops and group tutorials provide the opportunity to discuss and analyse a range of theories and plan application of these to develop your knowledge and enhance your skills in practice. You will be able to take part in on-line discussions between workshops.

Learning outcomes are also addressed using directed study, to enable you to develop and expand your knowledge and analytical skills by undertaking guided reading and by preparing for presentations and discussions in the workshops. Support from the module leader will be available which you can access face to face, via the phone, by email, using an instant messenger or Skype.

The virtual learning environment (VLE) is used extensively to complement the other learning and teaching methods used within the programme and to support and direct you in your studies. The current VLE platform used is Blackboard. The VLE will include material developed for your programme, relevant web sites and a range of on-line resources such as audio files. The VLE will also enable you to access other relevant and contemporary materials and participate in interactive on-line discussions and activities. You will be expected to use the VLE facility and support will be available to help you do this.


All assessments are of an applied nature where you will be able to contextualise your assessments to areas of current relevance to your practice or identified development needs. Learning outcomes are assessed through an applied written assignment and / or a presentation.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.