Essentials of Project Management

Course summary

Essentials of Project Management


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This intensive one-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential aspects of project management for scientists, engineers and anyone working in high-tech companies and organisations. The course will draw on relevant case studies and prepare participants to apply learning from the course in their organisations.

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

Specifically, the course covers the following key areas:

  1. What is a project? And what is Project Management?
  2. The Project Context and Process
  3. Planning the Project
  4. Budgeting the Project
  5. Scheduling the Project
  6. Allocating Resources to the Project
  7. Delivering the Project

We also offer a course for those with experience in project management, Advanced Project Management.

The Essentials of Project Management course is designed specifically to benefit scientists, engineers and others in large or small public and private sector organisations with responsibility for project delivery, and assumes no prior training in project management techniques.

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.


What people say about the course…

Excellent and interactive overview of PM with helpful tips; lots of helpful pointers for self-development as I look to increase organisational influence and responsibilities.

- Adedeji King, EDF Energy

Well-paced and a good foundation to begin learning about project management

- Natalie Lang, Graduate Chemist, GEO Specialty Chemicals UK Ltd


- Josef Khan, Microquery Ltd


Programme details

First day registration from 8.30am when course materials will be distributed.
Refreshments from 8.30am plus two 30 minute breaks during the day and a one-hour lunch break.
The course will begin at 9.00am and end at approximately 5.00pm.

















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 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: £425.00


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

All courses are VAT exempt.


These courses can be taken separately or together as part of a discount fee package.


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.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying for this Essentials of Project Management course, please contact:
Course Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958


Level and demands

The course is designed specifically to benefit scientists and engineers in large or small public and private sector organisations with responsibility for project delivery, and assumes no prior training in project management techniques.