Short courses


APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

  • 35 hours, plus exam
  • 5 days


APM accredited

This five-day short course will give you an effective grounding in project management

It's aimed at anyone who has worked in a project environment for approximately three to four years, or whose role as expanded to include some project management responsibilities.

It will help you understand how the different elements of project management interact, and how your project fits into your strategic and commercial environment.

This course is run by UCL's Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) and is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). The syllabus follows APM’s Project Management Qualification (PMQ) and has been updated to align with the new, 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.

To receive the APM PMQ, you'll need to successfully pass the APM exam. You can take either the UCL PMQ exam or an open exam held by the APM. To help you prepare for the exam, you can also attend our exam preparation workshop. There are additional fees for both the examination and the exam preparation workshop.

What is the APM PMQ?

The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (SCQF Level 7), is a knowledge-based qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. It's an internationally recognised qualification.

The syllabus and course are based on the APM Body of Knowledge and is applicable to projects in any industry or to the public sector.

The PMQ assesses breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management, including:

  • budgeting and cost management
  • conflict management
  • communication
  • earned value management
  • leadership
  • negotiation
  • procurement
  • sponsorship and teamwork
  • handling complexity
  • organisational arrangements for supporting projects
  • iterative life cycles including scheduling, resource planning and project review

More information about the qualification is available on the APM website.

Who this course is for

This course, and the APM PMQ, is suitable for aspiring and existing project managers, including:

  • those who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of how the elements of project management interact
  • those in the early stages of their career (with three to four years of project experience)
  • more experienced project managers who want to gain a formal qualification in project management

It's also suitable for students of related disciplines, such as management and engineering, who wish to gain a recognised qualification in addition to their academic record.

There are no formal entry requirements.

Language requirements

We recommend that anyone taking this course has a good level of English proficiency (UCL Standard level, IELTS 6.5 or CEFR B2/C1). In class you'll have to deal with a wide vocabulary and both formal and informal discussion. This will require listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The PMQ exam is an unseen written test, requiring proficiency in reading and writing.

If you have a degree from, or have worked in a majority English-speaking country for at least two years you shouldn't have difficulties.

If you don't have this level of English, you won't be refused a place, but you may find the course and the exam more challenging. You should look at the guidance notes and sample paper available from the APM before enrolling and, if in doubt, talk to a member of our course team.

Course content

The course content has been revised to align with the APM’s latest Body of Knowledge (7th edition).

You'll study:

  • how organisations and projects are structured 
  • project life cycles
  • the situational context of projects
  • communication within project management
  • the principles of leadership and teamwork
  • planning for success 
  • project scope management
  • schedule and resource optimisation
  • project procurement
  • risk and issue management in the context of project management
  • project quality in the context of a project


Each classroom session will cover a specific subject and include presentations, discussions and exercises.

There'll also be a course review and exam orientation session within the course.

You'll also have access to an online platform to help with self-study, with:

  • electronic reference copies of the notes, slides and exercises
  • a forum for Q&A
  • additional practice quizzes, with built-in feedback
  • opportunity to submit a full question attempt and get feedback


The PMQ is assessed by a written examination. This consists of a three-hour paper, in which you must answer 10 questions from a choice of 16.

If you are a PRINCE2® Registered Practitioner, you can sit a reduced duration paper of two hours, answering 6 from 10 questions, which recognises their prior learning. 

Exam preparation workshop (optional)

You can choose to attend an additional three-hour class aimed at finalising your revision for the PMQ exam.

In this workshop you’ll get detailed advice on PMQ exam technique. You'll also have a chance to test your knowledge with practice questions under exam condition, and receive individual feedback and guidance.

Course information last modified: 6 Aug 2021, 16:08