Advanced Project Management

Course details


Thu 28 Mar 2019

Advanced Project Management


This course is full for the current intake, but a few places are still available as part of a weekly discount fee package.

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This intensive one-day Advanced Project Management course will explore the nature of managing projects.

The day focuses on the "three Cs": challenges, causes and cures. Major projects are inherently risky due to long planning horizons, complex interfaces and multi-actor processes, and non-standard technologies and designs.

One of the main challenges in project management is inadequate benefit, cost, and time forecasts.

Consequently, benefit shortfalls, cost overruns, and delays are common during project implementation and often projects are challenged from the beginning.

This course can be taken separately or as part of a weekly discount fee package.

Details of the discount registration for Week 1

Details of the discount registration for Week 2

Details of the discount registration for Week 3

Programme details

This course was designed and developed by the CPD Centre in conjunction with staff from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

  • The course starts with looking at characteristics and challenges in project management. 
  • The course then looks at causes of risk and three types of explanations of causes are addressed: technical explanations, psychological explanations, and political-economic explanations.
  • Finally, the course discusses cures, and in particular how to de-bias projects through reference class forecasting; and how to avoid projects running out of control, so called Black Swans, through reducing social and technical complexities of projects.

The course offers a condensed, yet comprehensive, overview of current and emerging best-practice methodologies and techniques for meeting the challenges of managing multiple, complex science and technology projects.

We also offer a course for those new to project management, Essentials of Project Management.

As organisations seek to increase efficiency and cut costs in the increasingly challenging business climate, a focus on selecting, prioritizing and delivering the right projects that directly support the strategy of the organisation is more important than ever.

Key to this strategic objective is effective Project Management, a framework to ensure that investments in projects, resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation is optimised throughout project life-cycles and through to delivery and close-out.

In short, Project Management ensures organisations do the right projects the right way.


Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


Standard course fee: £470.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

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Send a completed application form to the course administrator by email or post. Please do not send card details via email


Mr Benedict Pinches

Course Tutor

Founder of Oxford Major Programmes

Benedict is involved in a number of research projects with world leading academics from Oxford University, and advises Oxford University Press on their global change initiatives.

A graduate from the first cohort of the MSc degree in Major Programme Management at Saïd Business School, he is also active with voluntary work focussed on bridging the worlds of project management practice and academia. Prior to setting up his own company in 2011, Benedict was a programme management contractor for twenty years and led programmes in the public and private sector, both in the UK and overseas.  

Benedict is Managing Director and Founder of Oxford Major Programmes; a company dedicated to revolutionising the management of major projects and programmes. His team develop software that combines elements of social media, benefits tracking and a holistic approach to status reporting in order to produce innovative visualisations to aid the decision-making of programme directors and sponsors.


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Level and demands

This course is designed specifically to benefit engineers, scientists, managers and other staff in large or small public and private sector organisations. It is designed for those who have responsibility for project and programme management who want to improve their knowledge of the latest developments in this area. Some prior experience of project management is expected.

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.