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36th Edition
20 ECTS (175 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Special conditions on payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 07/02/2025
Classes end: 14/06/2025
Programme ends : 11/07/2025
Friday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this postgraduate course?
As each day passes project monitoring and management is becoming more and more important, from the construction sector to service and technology sectors. Leading teams to properly finish a project and making all of the elements involved work together towards a common goal requires someone with a profile that has specific training and concrete attributes. In this programme students will consider aspects related to proper project management. We are talking about leading, planning, management and scheduling that includes IT techniques and specific programs.

As well, this course will cover design and development aspects -simultaneous engineering- , quality related to results that are adjusted to essential requirements, advanced planning systems and ISO regulations. A project manager must understand the necessities and conditions for externalising processes, and performing advanced management techniques as well as dealing with financial and economic aspects. The management techniques taught in this course will allow students to reach the multiple objectives involved in project development at the necessary quality level and how to adjust to project specifications to the lowest possible cost and in the minimum time needed for their development.

In particular, the UPC School is providing this programme PMA to develop a professional profile that focuses on multidisciplinary team leadership and coordination of all phases of a project. As well, this course offers you the opportunity to prepare for the Project Management Professional credential, a certification awarded by the PMI (Project Management Institute), the most well-recognised institution that creates quality standards accepted and used on a global level.
  • Provide participants with the most advanced techniques used in leadership, planning and management of projects and a practical orientation that is all firmly based on the highly experienced teaching staff.
  • Develop the competencies that participants need to lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understand the legal implications involved in projects such as the ISO standards that must be followed.
  • Introduce participants to Six Sigma quality management concepts and Lean Management elements.
Who is it for?
  • Industrial Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Degree holders with equivalent abilities learned on the job or from other additional professional training.
  • Professionals that are responsible for project management in diverse areas.

Training Content

List of subjects
4 ECTS 40h
Introduction to Project Management. Planning, Scheduling and PMBOK Methodology
  • Project Management as a management methodology. Projects: objectives, project breakdown structure, risk analysis, organisation, programme and budget. Implementation and monitoring, report and completion. Factors which affect the output of the project teams.
  • Product development projects. Phases: conceptualisation (briefing and sketching), development and industrialisation. New product and service development projects. Improvement projects. Efficiency.
  • PMOK methodology for the development and execution of projects of the Project Management Institute. Differential aspects regarding the traditional methodology. Integration, scope, duration, quality and human resources in project management. Applications.
  • Project integration and scope: Strategic management, mission, vision and values. Strategic planning. Analysis: SWOT. Management by objectives: BSC and Hoshin Kanri.
  • Project planning and programming. GANTT and PERT/CPM methodologies. Duration estimates. Resources. Organisation. Risk Management. Time management: Project planning. Application using the Microsoft ® Project software package.
  • Service projects and their management. Total quality strategy. Key quality and customer satisfaction indicators. Service processes. Critical success factors. Implementation of service processes. Specific and differential aspect of service projects. Service project management
3 ECTS 35h
Advanced Project Planning and Management.
  • Time management: The critical chain. Multitasking. Mono-project and multi-project environments. Sizing of tasks with no protection margin, critical chain identification, introduction of automatic buffering and management in multi-project environments.
  • Project simulation. The Montecarlo methodology. Full duration and cost testing. Overall project schedule optimisation. Project risk control through simulation.
  • Advanced project monitoring systems. Advanced Quality Planning under the responsibility of the Project Manager: Identification and monitoring of phases of the project that entail a risk with regard to objectives and deadlines. ISO 10.006 standard (project quality management in any area of activity): Advanced Product Quality planning according to the QS 9000 regulation in the framework of project management. Processes. Phases. Information sharing and risk identification. Feasibility study.
  • Lean Project Management. Specification-adjusted processes, developed at low cost and in minimum lead time. Lean techniques for project management. Comparison with conventional management systems. Identification of any squandering. Value Stream Mapping.
4 ECTS 40h
Project Management Excellence. Human Resources.
  • Human resource management: Project management executive profile. Completion of the 16 PF questionnaire (Cattel). Assessment of the management profile and analysis of the behavioural patterns of participants. Cause analysis using the Lüscher test. Application to project management.
  • Leadership. Motivation and communication. The 'psychological contract'. Leadership and project work teams. Group dynamics. Management skills Project team selection. Empowerment. The senior project manager. Management skills Project team selection.
  • Proman simulation software. Behavioural simulation based training for project managers. This tool allows to modify the attitude of participants, the goal being to facilitate the understanding of the new management models proposed and improve their management skills. In addition, it allows to reinforce the conceptual knowledge presented during the course.
4 ECTS 25h
Project Costs, Sourcing and Quality
  • Project cost and investment management. Economic and financial aspects of the projects Investment analysis in business projects. Profitability and return on investment. Business project funding instruments. Scoring. Rating. Financial cost.
  • Outsourcing for projects. External processes in project planning and development. Purchases. Purchasing cycle and supply cycle. Speed of response. Terms and competitive advantage. Safety management in project planning. Time, resource and inventory management. Risk management.
  • Project quality management: Project planning based on requirements and specifications. QFD: client requirement, competitive assessment, objectives, relationships and correlations. Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA).
  • Time and cost management. Concurrent engineering: advantages and disadvantages with regard to sequential development. The Land Rover case: group discussion and work. R&D+i projects. Concurrent engineering. New product development processes in different businesses. The Sony Workstation case: group discussion and work.
  • The Sis Sigma methodology: Excellence in product development. The Sis Sigma methodology. The importance of getting it right the first time. Objective: Very high levels of excellence.
2 ECTS 20h
Taller de Preparación para la Certificación de Project Management Profesional® (PMP)
  • Preparation for taking the tests to obtain the PMP certification for professionals from Project Management Institute, a test related to professional competency for project management.
  • This preparation is aimed at understanding and internalising information, not memorisation. Students will use the KION course guide (Registered Provider for PMI® 2953) for following the course and doing subsequent course reviews.
  • Web Simulations of the PMP® exam. With each hour of monitored on-line coursework students receive 1 PDU. A minimum of 11 PDUs are required to reach the 35 needed for the exam.
  • A complete assessment of students' applications for the Project Management Institute will be performed by an experienced consultant. Students will get support from the consultant and interact with fellow students 24/7 On-line over the course of this program through the ON-Line KIONPM assessment area.
3 ECTS 15h
Advanced Project Manager Project
A guiding focus for this course will be the creation of a project that can be applied in a real world situation and which participants will create individually or in a group. This project will be overseen by an expert.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Postgraduate qualification in Advanced Project Management, issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Cuatrecasas Arbós, Lluís
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    Doctor Industrial Engineer and UPC Professor. President of the Lean Management Institute of Spain. Author of various books. Industrial business consultant.
  • Cuatrecasas Castellsagués, Oriol
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    BEng in Industrial Engineering. Specialist Consultant in Lean Manufacturing. Member of the Lean Management Institute of Spain.
  • Consolación Segura, Carolina
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    PhD and Tenured Lecturer of the Business Organisation Department of the UPC. Degree in Economics and Business from the UB.
Teaching staff
  • Asensio García, José

    Technical-Mechanical Engineer UPC, with 30 years working for Nissan Motor Ibérica S.A. in various management positions in Logistics, Production and Nissan Production Way. Has participated in various synchronised production seminars and worked for JIT Kaizen (in Japan and the US). His speciality in the frame of the Engiplant Master's course is the resolution of problems in the Kaizen area. Currently Lean and Supply Chain Project Manager at Itemsa.
  • Consolación Segura, Carolina
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    PhD and Tenured Lecturer of the Business Organisation Department of the UPC. Degree in Economics and Business from the UB.
  • Cuatrecasas Castellsagués, Oriol
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    BEng in Industrial Engineering. Specialist Consultant in Lean Manufacturing. Member of the Lean Management Institute of Spain.
  • Deulofeu Aymar, Joaquim
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    Holds a degree and PhD in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB). He is an EFQM international evaluator-advisor, and the founding partner and CEO of Qualitat, Serveis Empresarials, S.L., the company where he has been working as a consultant for more than twenty-five years. Associate professor at the Business Organization Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and professor of the UPC School.

  • Herranz Sotoca, Antonio
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    Partner at Ydros, a consultancy specialised in Strategic Management and Organisational Remuneration-based Development. Graduated in Social Psychology from the UB, with a Master's degree in Organisational and Process Consulting from the Fundació les Heures - UB. Associate Professor at the Fundació Politécnica de Catalunya and other Business Schools, with ample experience in both in the public and private sectors. Specialised in strategic HR management, remuneration systems and Executive Coaching.
  • Moya Valladares, Aránzazu

    Industrial Engineer. Plant manager at Magna-Donelli.
  • Pons Peregort, Olga

    Industrial Psychologist. Lecturer for the Business Organisation Department of the UPC. HR Consultant.
  • Santiago López, Ana
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    Psychologist with a Master's in Coaching. Coaching consultant at Argos Coaching, S.L., Head of Policies and Programmes in the Human Resources Department of Intermón Oxfam.
  • Sardà Ferrer, Joan

    Economist. Lecturer in the Business Organisation Department of the UPC. Member of the Committee Advisor of the Catalan Institute of Oncology . Member of the Committee of Rule and Ethic Professional of the School of Economists of Catalonia.
  • Torrell Martínez, Francesca
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    Higher Telecommunications Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Organization and Engineering of Production and Management of Industrial Plants (Engiplant) from the UPC School. Maintenance Management Consultant. Member of the Lean Management Institute of Spain.

Career opportunities

  • Project Manager.
  • Manager of development of new products or services.
  • Manager of process improvement teams.

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