Level 8 Certified in Project Development, Planning and Management

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral's Level

This module will introduce some fundamentals of research projects especially from a DBA perspective. It highlights various challenges and  bottlenecks faced by researcher in a typical DBA programme and aims to educate participants about the best practices related to management of  DBA research. 

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral’s level and could transfer 20 credits and full tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of  project, methodologies and processes related to a project.

1.1 Explain the growing importance of projects in  organisational context.

1.2 Appraise the complexities involved in managing  projects. 

1.3 Explain the processes and methodologies  related to projects.

2. Be able to compare and contrast the similarities between research  project, organisational project  and DBA project.

2.1 Understand the various types of research  projects. 

2.2 Explain the differences between organisational projects and research projects. 

2.3 Understand research funding landscape. 2.4 Explain the stages of a DBA project. 

2.5 Discuss how to manage risk in a DBA project.

3. Be able to demonstrate the  capacity to research and write up  a highly effective research  

3.1 Divide the research project into work packages,  activities, milestones, estimate duration and  establish relationship between activities. 

3.2 Estimate resource, cost requirements for a given  activity. 

3.3 Identify critical paths and optimize resource  usage.

4. Be able to evaluate the challenges related to managing research projects.

4.1 Apply project life cycle approach to examine the  project management challenges. 

4.2 Identify best practices related to project  management. 

4.3 Provide recommendations for successful  delivery of projects.

What is a project? 

  • Definitions – academic, professional body definitions Why are they becoming important? 
  • Project Management as a competitive tool, role of  projects in improving organizational performance What are the various types of projects? 
  • Construction, Production development, Software  development, media and entertainment, research  and innovation etc.  
  • Why projects are complex to manage? 
  • Triple constraints, organizational cultural issues,
  • lack of knowledge about requirements, lack of skills and technology 
  • Role of professional bodies in developing project discipline 
  • Project Management certification, Professional  bodies and membership

What are the differences between general  organisational projects and research projects

  • An introduction to funded research in business and  management  
  • Role of funding bodies such as World Bank, World  Health Organisations, IMF, European Commission,  ESRC, Research Councils, Charity organisations  such as Melinda Gates foundation etc. 
  • How are funded projects evaluated? 
  • Steps involved in evaluation of project proposals,  team capabilities and monitoring and evaluation of projects, emerging project themes
  • Risk management in research project: 
  • Risk Management techniques, identification and  management of risks, development of risk register.

Phases, activities and milestones in a DBA  project: 

  • Constraints in a research project 
  • Types of resources required to deliver the project PERT, GANTT tools and Critical Path Analysis

What is the typical journey of a DBA project?

  • What is the role of supervisor in a DBA project? What are the potential challenges faced by the  researcher while undertaking a DBA programme? Examine past DBA project stories and discuss the  best practices.

Indicative Reading list 

  • Townsend, K., & Saunders, M. N. (Eds.). (2018). How to Keep Your Research Project on Track: Insights from when Things Go Wrong. Edward  Elgar Publishing. 
  • Sinclair, N. (2019). On track: how to lead research projects with clarity and confidence. 
  • Bartlett, J. (2017) The Essentials of Managing Risk for Projects and Programmes. 1st Edition. Routledge. London • Larson, E. and Gray, E. (2021) Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th ed, McGraw-Hill 
  • Pinto, J.K (2016) Project Management. Achieving Competitive Advantage. 4th Edition, Pearson, London.

Entry requirements

To enroll The Level 8 Certified, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Master’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 7 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a degree from non-global accredited universities; The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of the London Academy of Sciences.
  • Learners must be over 24 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris  reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure that they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, Paris-U shall not be accepted.

English requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Level 8 Certified, students receive all certified documents from Univertisé Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Accreditation & Recognition certified from Paris-U.

Because the program is accredited and recognized, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, in case if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Level 8 Certified means:

Paris-U Level 8 certification is the certified at the doctoral level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 8 certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of UK
  • Level 11 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 8 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 10 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 10 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Level 8 Certified program when participating in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or phD of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the DBA/PhD program, students who have graduated Level 8 Certified will receive a discount equivalent to short courses tuition fee. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.


As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge past experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labor market.


Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will leads to only MAHRM degree of Paris-U, not dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U and its partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will not accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are not accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program of Paris-U so that you could study Level 7 certified but could not move to the Master’s program of Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates need to ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is a mandatory requirement when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will contact you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You wil proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and subject to change without notice. In some case, Paris-U offer variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 8 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libéral de Paris

Université Libéral de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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