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Designed for those working in the IT industry who hold a degree in computer science and/or experience in software engineering and wish to develop their career further into project management whilst working. Read more
Designed for those working in the IT industry who hold a degree in computer science and/or experience in software engineering and wish to develop their career further into project management whilst working.

Course Outline & Key Facts

The programme is designed for students with a degree in computer science and/or experience in software engineering who wish to develop their career further into project management while working in the IT industry. Graduates will be prepared for the challenges of their industrial career as software project managers.

Although the statistics on IT project success worldwide are more promising than a decade ago, there is still scope for further improvement. Appropriate project management and development processes can avoid some problems and capture others at an early stage, hence lead to higher success rates. Project management skills and qualifications are increasingly being recognised as key to the success of IT projects.

This new programme combines the specific technical content of the full-time taught MSc IT Project Management programme with the benefits of the work-based MSc Professional Engineering programme.

The programme is designed to equip its graduates with both generic project management and specific software project management skills, which is expected to lead to a career managing successful software projects with the potential to reach a leadership role.

Primarily, to enable participants to acquire the Masters level knowledge, understanding and skills required for full UK registration as a Chartered Engineer, whilst remaining in full time employment and studying through a suitable programme of work based learning.

Secondly, to provide a framework in which participants can plan and carry through a structured schedule of activities designed to permit acquisition and demonstration of the full range of competences required for Chartered Engineer registration.

The programme aims to support a wide range of IT specialisations and participant needs. The learning and assessment undertaken by each participant, and the associated learning outcomes, will be specified in an individually agreed learning contract based on the participant’s specialisation and previous experience. The learning contract will specify how the generic modules listed below are interpreted to suit the participant’s needs.

Subject Guide and Modules

The programme combines the development of practical IT project management skills and academic knowledge and understanding through a series of work-based activities so that the software engineer:
-Develops an in-depth knowledge of managing software projects
-Learns how to integrate theory with practical application, and use critical thinking skills to generate breakthrough knowledge
-Uses their learning through immediate application to real-life work problems to reduce costs or increase value for their employer.

Compulsory Modules
-Professional Development Audit (SE4001)
-Current Technologies and Applications (SE4011)
-Software Process and Management (CS4675)
-Project Management (SE4024)
-Major Project (CS4700)

Elective Modules (choice of three or four totaling 60 credits)
-Scientific Foundations (SE4021)
-Enterprise Computing Strategies (CS4815)
-Reliability in Software Engineering (CS4825)
-Data mining (CS4850)
-Emerging Technologies (SE4012)
-Professional Literature Study (SE4027)
-Extended Integrative Option (SE4031)

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

The course begins with a Professional Development Audit (PDA), where we help students evaluate what they have done previously and what they need to add to gain the MSc and qualify for CEng. Based on the PDA, the student and Aston University set up an individual Learning Agreement which specifies the areas of study to be undertaken and how that study will be carried out, through suitable combinations of workplace projects and distance learning, and assessed – mainly through reports on the workplace projects. The student then works through the agreed study and assessment, with support from Aston University staff and a workplace mentor, gradually building over an agreed period to completion and award of the MSc.

Professional Accreditation

Successful completion of the programme in accordance with a learning contract, approved by a professional engineering institution signatory to the relevant Engineering Council protocol (BCS or IET), guarantees access to the institution’s process for professional review for CEng registration. Confirmation of CEng registration will be at the discretion of the engineering institution concerned.

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If you want to study a general project management master’s degree with an IT flavour, this is the postgraduate course for you. Course details. Read more

If you want to study a general project management master’s degree with an IT flavour, this is the postgraduate course for you.

Course details

It offers a range of project management skills useful in many subject areas, plus skills that are particularly useful in IT project management. You also study IT-related management skills within information systems and e-commerce.

There are two routes you can choose from to gain an MSc IT Project Management:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)

This course develops your project management knowledge to a high level. You learn how to use PRINCE2 - a project management method used to manage, control and organise projects. You also learn about key principles of project management for a wider range of disciplines such as strategic project management and risk management. You integrate essential IT management topics around e-commerce and information systems management and develop sufficient technical and interpersonal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of IT management.

What you study

During this course you increase your intellectual ability for analysis and synthesis at the level of postgraduate research. You achieve this by studying research methods and undertaking a major individual project. The course encourages enterprise and progression towards further research, including MPhil and/or PhD.

Course structure

Core modules

  • e-Commerce Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Managing Projects with PRINCE2®
  • Master’s Project: IT Project Management
  • Research Methods for Computing
  • Risk Management in Projects
  • Strategic Project Management

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Lectures introduce and develop material, and include research issues and recent developments as appropriate. You explore subjects in-depth through tutor-led seminars, practical workshops, individual or group research, and by contributing to discussion forums.

Lectures, discussion seminars and online discussions develop your intellectual skills. Many modules use directed self-study and research to develop your critical evaluation skills.

We use lectures, including presentations from guest external practitioners, deliver relevant subject-specific content. Practical work includes case studies from real scenarios.

Core themes throughout the course include developing your transferable skills, self-managed learning and professional development. Methods include group-based activities and discussions, self-directed learning and research, and tutor-led workshops. 

How you are assessed

We assess most learning outcomes by individual coursework, including case studies and essays, with critical evaluation of processes or products, and evidence of research into a specified area. We are very experienced in assessing group work with a research profile in that area. Your assessment starts within a group, with a clear emphasis on process as well as product, but proceeds to your individual assessment by a variety of means.

You are also assessed through an individual portfolio of technical work to a professional standard and a presentation to tutors on your research findings.

Employability

From the beginning of your programme, we prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

1. Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

2. Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.



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This programme aims to. -Advance knowledge, understanding and skills in professional practice in IT and management of software systems. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Advance knowledge, understanding and skills in professional practice in IT and management of software systems
-Prepare for an effective career with the potential to reach a leadership role
-Provide practical experience of IT projects from the initial analysis of a problem, through design and planning, implementation and documentation in order to prepare for effective participation in the IT industry

The programme runs for 12 months from October to September with examinations / assessments held in December and March/April. The programme requires the student to undertake seven taught modules, which run between October and March, followed by the completion of a major six-month project of approximately 15,000 words, to be submitted by the end of September. The oral examination of the project is expected to take place within one month of submission.

Subject guide and modules

-Major project (CS4800)
-Foundation in Business Systems (BNM805) *
-Software process management (CS4670)
-Professional skills in computing (CS4680)
-Enterprise Computing Strategies(CS4810)
-Reliability in Software Engineering (CS4820)
-Project Management (EM4003)
-Diploma Project (CS4600)

*module delivered by Aston Business School

Taught modules are complemented with a substantial 80 credit individual project. Students are allowed to decide on the particular topic for their project. All projects are supervised by an academic member of staff, providing the students the opportunity for extended application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught part of the programme.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Taught modules may involve lectures, tutorials, case studies, laboratories and seminars. Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. These modules vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment. The major project accounts for 80 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree. Students who do not wish to continue to the full MSc qualification may decide to undertake a smaller 20 credit diploma project, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking to develop their career towards IT Project Management, with the potential to reach a leadership role.

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Project management is key to successful implementation of strategic change in any organisation. This programme develops your academic skills in modelling and evaluating the process of project management, allowing you to develop strategic and practical approaches in a wide variety of business environments. Read more

Why take this course?

Project management is key to successful implementation of strategic change in any organisation. This programme develops your academic skills in modelling and evaluating the process of project management, allowing you to develop strategic and practical approaches in a wide variety of business environments.

You will gain a broad understanding of the principles and practice of project management and the tools and techniques required to contribute to business effectiveness.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Attend lectures by practising project managers who speak about their experiences and give guidance on project management issues
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management, demonstrating that it provides a level of knowledge recognised by a professional project management association It will provide you with the advanced ability to lead or act as part of a team progressing project issues from initiation through to completion. You can expect to find employment opportunities in virtually any industry, especially those within the commercial sector.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Project management
Consultancy
Project planning
Logistics
Product development

Module Details

You will complete a total of five units (including your dissertation) involving attendance of six or eight days for each unit. You will study several key topics covering areas of project management theory and methods, while gaining an insight into their practical application in a business context.

Here are the units you will study:

Project Environment and Planning: You will develop an understanding of the relationship between project and business management, as well as the project management environment and the factors that influence project outcomes. Strategic aspects of projects are addressed, including project selection and portfolio design. You will also learn how project managers must understand the benefits to be delivered by projects, the requirements of stakeholders and how to work within the constraints of cost, time and quality. Estimation methods and planning techniques are taught together with quality management. Approaches to the planning and control of projects that have been developed in different sectors are also covered, including agile methods and fast tracking.

Budgets and Commercial Management: This unit introduces you to raising project finance, building, monitoring and controlling project budgets and measuring Earned Value of project deliverables. It also covers the commercial aspects of procurement including tendering, contracting and the skills and practices of contract and bid negotiation, providing you with the tools and techniques for managing project budgets. The units also examines the key roles that project managers, budget managers and key project personnel play in managing project budgets.

People Management and Risk: This unit develops a critical understanding of individual, team and organisational working in order to deliver project goals successfully. It covers how individual characteristics such as personality, intelligence, ability and skills, motivation and attitudes affect individual performance. You will learn how to empower individuals and teams to achieve quality standards which enhance personal team and organisational performance, together with the development of creative and credible leadership. It also examines the key challenges in the application of risk management frameworks and models in project management, crisis management and corporate governance. Risk management strategies and the development of effective project mitigation and contingency action plans are critically evaluated.

Project Investigation and Systems Methods: This unit explores the investigation of project issues through the use of a structured research methodology and project management analysis tools to enhance the research process. Wider strategic issues are explored to place the research process into context and to illustrate how appropriate research methods can be identified for specific types of research problems. You will also look at tools for the modelling and analysis of complex problem situations (including systems thinking, soft systems methods and influence diagrams) and how these can be used to diagnose problem situations to identify relevant areas for further investigation. Project management methodologies including PRINCE2, Partnering and Programme Management as a wider context for project management research issues are examined. You will produce a research proposal that brings together the use of research methodology and project systems in identifying, justifying and investigating a research question that will feed into the research conducted in your final dissertation.

Dissertation: This unit enables you to deepen your understanding of an aspect of project management of your own choice. Many students choose to investigate topics which they intend to focus on in the next stage of their career. The unit is structured as a research project so you can demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research on a specific project management issue and effectively communicate your findings in an appropriate manner for a Master’s degree.

Programme Assessment

The units are structured as eight teaching blocks of three days of lectures, seminars and interactive syndicate work, with periods of self-managed study between blocks. Each of these will be assessed by coursework assignments. You will also produce a dissertation with guidance from a supervisor. The dissertation is structured as an independent research project to deepen your understanding of a chosen aspect of project management. Your choice of topic can contribute towards the next stage of your career by demonstrating your ability to identify, design, undertake and communicate your original research on a specific project management topic.

Each unit will be assessed by coursework assignments. You will also produce a dissertation with guidance from a supervisor.

Student Destinations

The key characteristic of this programme is the emphasis on strategic aspects of projects which provide a platform for a career as a senior project manager in high profile organisations, Graduate destinations have included:

Public sector management, including NHS and Fire Services
Infrastructure planning and implementation
Naval and Aerospace construction industries
Doctorate level study in Project Management

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The MSc Project Management degree is fully accredited by the APM and PMI and can be studied full time or online. Read more
The MSc Project Management degree is fully accredited by the APM and PMI and can be studied full time or online.

This reflects the quality of the structure and content in the course which is transferable to a variety of industries including oil and gas, engineering, construction, information technology, healthcare, and many other industries.

The Project Management MSc is suitable for those already in the profession as well as those at the start of their career. It is also suitable for those who are aspiring for career change and development. It can be studied either full-time or online.

Delivering a world class Project Management learning experience in conjunction with diverse industry practitioners and professional bodies to develop emerging and career driven individuals seeking to manage a variety of projects.

Visit the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/project-management

Stage 1

•Project Management Fundamentals
•Project Information, Organisation and Behaviour
•Project Planning and Control
•Project Commercial Integrity

Exit Award: PgCert Project Management

Stage 2

•Safety, Health, Environmental and Risk Management
•Project Strategy, Leadership and Governance
•Project Management Body of Knowledge

•Plus 1 * module from:

•Quality and Environmental Management Systems
•Supply Chain Management
•Oil & Gas Management
•Performance, Planning and Decision Making
•Leadership And Strategic Management

Exit Award: PgDiploma Project Management

Stage 3 (MSc Full Time On Campus Mode)

•Project Management Consultancy Project and Portfolio Development
•Research Project

Stage 3 (MSc Part Time by Distance Learning Mode)

•Project Management Dissertation

Award: MSc Project Management

* Elective modules will only run where there are sufficient numbers.

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with course materials and depending on the course it also includes:

•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Consultancy Project (full-time only)

For full-time students, there is a consultancy project opportunity which will help you gain valuable experience in real-life project management. The consultancy project will normally last between 6-8 weeks and run during the final semester, July to September.

Your consultancy project will enable you to put into practice and apply the knowledge you have gained during the course. Our students have found this aspect of the course to be an invaluable networking opportunity, allowing them to build and extend upon their theoretical knowledge by gaining an understanding of client expectations. You should use the opportunity to make business contacts for networking in your future and career.

Accreditation

Our highly innovative degree was the first in the UK to receive full accreditation by the Association for Project Management. We are one of institutions spanning globally to be accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), and the first UK University to achieve this overall. This stamp of quality ensures high standards of excellence and relevance and so you can be confidence about gaining a recognised qualification which will truly enhance your professional and personal development.

Graduates of GAC accredited programmes are awarded 1,500 hours of project management experience which counts towards those required to achieve the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP) credentials. The GAC is a member of the Association of Specialised and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the unified, national voice supporting professional education.

Aberdeen Business School itself is also recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Global Registered Education Provider. Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) are those organisations who are approved by PMI to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDU).

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies and this can provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the Professional Body of Knowledge in Project Management module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to go on and complete the professional exams. Our staff are able to provide information and advice about these exams.

Careers

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies and this can provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Our strong links with industry enable us to implement practical and innovative delivery, offering students an exceptional learning experience. Course content is relevant to industry needs and our project management graduates are effectively prepared for the workplace. Our reputation is built on providing employers with professional individuals who have a relevant and transferable skill set.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers a variety of industry sectors. These include oil and gas, energy, engineering, built environment, construction, education, film, research and development, local government and financial services. Some of the roles they have gone into are -
• project engineer
• quality manager
• finance manager
• web design manager
• contracting manager
• procurement/purchasing manager
• project/programme coordinator

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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Develop your career as a highly efficient and effective project leader with our 100% online Masters in Project Management. Internationally recognised and Association for Project Manager (APM) accredited, our distance learning course is relevant to project management positions in any industry. Read more

Course Overview

Develop your career as a highly efficient and effective project leader with our 100% online Masters in Project Management. Internationally recognised and Association for Project Manager (APM) accredited, our distance learning course is relevant to project management positions in any industry.

Our MSc Project Management takes a universal approach to project management and is specifically designed to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the role of PM, the broad range of management processes and practices involved in managing projects and the skills to apply your expertise across in a range of sectors.

This course addresses project management from a management perspective. Uniquely our online MSc Project Management recognises that management is an individual and personal activity; every manager manages in their own way. Consequently we encourage and enable you to develop your own individual, unique approach to managing projects, based on good management and specialist project management skills.

As well as developing your own unique management style, you will learn how to lead and manage projects and project teams effectively, as well as mastering a range of specialist project management principles, systems and techniques.

Project Managers are highly sought after in many industries and organisations, both nationally and internationally. We’ll provide you with the supported learning you need to develop the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence to access these exciting career opportunities.

Modules

Management Theory

This module is designed to focus on building your knowledge of management as well as your own unique approach to management. You will learn about the key principles and practices of management, including organisational structures and leadership. You will also explore the principles and practice of marketing and organisational success.

Management Practice

Organisational performance is largely dependent on the performance of people, which in turn is determined by the quality and effectiveness of their management, therefore it is crucial that managers are able to effectively manage people. You will learn about people management, HR policy and practices, and how managing performance, motivation empowerment and the development of commitment.

Project Management Systems

You will develop a thorough understanding of the process of project management, together with the diverse range of resources and activities that the project manager must plan, co-ordinate and control to achieve a successful project. The Module establishes the framework for the management of projects through a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of project management throughout the project life-cycle from inception through all its stages to completion and use.

Project Management Context

This module will give you a sound understanding of the context for project management and how projects relate to organisations and the larger organisational environment. You will explore contemporary project management by looking at examples from a wide range of organisations and industries.

Project Management Techniques

You will develop a systematic understanding of a number of key tools and techniques used in the management of projects, enabling you to critically evaluate project needs and to select and apply appropriate techniques for your project. With the demand for continuous improvement, production systems such as lean and agile will be explored as well as other performance improvement tools and techniques, including risk and risk management, to identify and manage risk throughout the project life cycle.

Cost and Financial Management

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the financial, commercial and cost aspects of projects and project management. You’ll explore the business and commercial environment in which projects exist, and critically evaluate the factors that influence the strategic and financial rationale for projects. You will learn how the business case for projects is developed, established and evaluated, together with the processes involved, supported by an understanding of financial and accounting protocols and practices.

Project Planning and Control

You’ll develop a systematic understanding of the principles, practices and systems used to plan and control projects. You’ll develop a critical insight into integrated planning and programming software and information systems and the potential of Project Management Information Systems [PMIS] to provide effective management of all aspects of a project, especially resources, time and cost.

Research Design and Methods

This module is designed to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design. You’ll develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to develop your Masters Level Major Project/Dissertation.

Major Project/Dissertation

This Module provides the opportunity for you to undertake a significant piece of independent research using appropriate, recognised methods. You will identify and pursue a topic relevant to project management that is of interest and in which you wish to develop a significant level of expertise. You’ll develop and refine the theme for the project together with your course tutor, who will support you during the research and writing process. It’s your opportunity to put your newly acquired skills and knowledge into practice and to showcase them to current and prospective employers.

Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of written assignments for each of the modules together with your major project/dissertation.

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This accredited masters course is for individuals wishing to further their careers in project management or consultancy. In today's business environment, the skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. Read more
This accredited masters course is for individuals wishing to further their careers in project management or consultancy. In today's business environment, the skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. Organisations, businesses and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the strategic importance of effective project management for gaining a competitive advantage.

A masters degree in the rapidly growing area of project management will help develop skills that are highly sought-after globally in almost every sector.

This course is particularly relevant for professionals who wish to be able to run complex projects with a range of stakeholders, managing all phases to time and to budget.

This course is underpinned by the core competencies at the heart of the Association of Project Managers (APM), so you can be sure that what you learn is contemporary, relevant, and directly applicable in the workplace.

Our aim is to help you develop a range of technical skills that will be complemented by transferable soft skills so that you develop as an independent learner and thinker who is comfortable tackling the two key ideas in modern Business Project Management: choosing the right project and doing the project right. This means you'll be able to identify and select projects that are going to benefit an organisation, and then deliver them within the scope required, to the budget and on schedule. With that skill set, it isn't hard to see why graduates from this course are in high demand.

The course also provides professional training to gain a relevant project management certification examination, for instance PRINCE2. The course also provides further opportunities to gain certification in the following areas for a discounted rate via the university:

PRINCE2® Foundation
PRINCE2® Practitioner
APM Introductory Certificate (IC)
MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Foundation
MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner
MoP® (Management of Portfolio) Foundation
MoV® (Management of Value) Foundation
M_o_R® (Management of Risk) Foundation
P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Office) Foundation
AgilePM Foundation
PPS (Programme and Project Sponsorship)

Modules

Core modules:

Fundamentals of PRINCE2 project management
Business case development
Operational research and systems approaches
Project: Value, innovation and change
Fundamentals of AGILE project management
Quality standards and management
Project risk management
Research methods
Dissertation

Teaching and learning

In addition to addressing the APM's core competencies, the course has four objectives which underpin it:

•Enabling change through combining traditional techniques such as cash flow spreadsheets with innovative new ideas, like qualitative system dynamics
•Applying soft and hard analysis approaches associated with Operational Research and Systems Movement
•Applying PRINCE2 and MS Project theories and practices/
•Developing a critical understanding of different research methods and methodologies for project management

We've developed this course with three interconnected areas in mind of profession, practice and research. As a result, every module is built with an awareness of the requirements of project management bodies such as the APM (in the UK) and the Project Management Institute (in the USA). The bodies of knowledge of these organisations are combined with PRINCE2 project management methodology and MS Project, and applied to real world project assignments that will also require the application of a variety of methodologies and techniques to give you invaluable practical experience, which you can further enhance through work placements undertaken while studying for your dissertation.

Our academic team then take all of this knowledge and experience and develop and apply new theories and approaches as part of their research, which in turn influences how project management develops as a discipline. Lecturing staff have a history of publishing dissertations, with postgraduate students, in journals and conferences. Moreover, staff regularly chair project management streams at Business Research Methodology and Operational Research conferences.

Professional links

All taught modules are underpinned by the APM's core competencies. Additionally, PRINCE2 is the management methodology used in the assignment for Fundamentals of Project Management. The modules provide a thorough grounding to enable the student to work towards professional management qualifications.

Employability

A project manager plays a key role in helping businesses introduce change through the development of a new product, process or service. In order to succeed, you'll need to be highly adaptable and able to work in areas as diverse as IT, health services and education, local and national government, media and sport and leisure.

Practical application enhances skill set

This course is all about the practical application of theory. It comes to life through case studies and examples of a variety of businesses and organisations across the world, rather than existing only in the dusty pages of a textbook. This practical element, along with the understanding of key concepts and principles of identified approaches, enhances your professional competency and gives you the platform to work either in direct control of projects or in a research-based capacity looking at improving project processes, integrating projects with the business environment.

We're committed to helping you develop your employability. That commitment means that we've worked hard to make the course relevant to the industry that awaits you, but in a competitive marketplace, we're also able to help you go even further.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to publish research dissertations and gain project management experience, which can only add to your employability.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that is highly valued by employers and applicable to a range of industries? This course will give you project management skills that are widely transferable. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that is highly valued by employers and applicable to a range of industries? This course will give you project management skills that are widely transferable.

Strong demand for project managers means the average salary for experienced professionals is £62,000 a year, or equivalent.

The course covers topics such as how to assess project feasibility, how to manage risks in projects, how to keep people working together, and how to develop a portfolio of projects. The curriculum is aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM), which is the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

The course is also available through part-time and distance learning modes, and with the option of an advanced practice element.

There’s no need to have completed previous studies in project management and we welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds.

This course has several available start dates and study options - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
18 months full time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/project-management-dtfpjz6/

Part time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/project-management-msc-pt-dtppjm6/

Distance learning - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/project-management-dtdpjm6/

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a final Masters level research project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

Module Overview
KB7030 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7031 - Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7032 - Project Organisations & Information Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7033 - Project change, risk and opportunities management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7036 - People in Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7037 - Project Feasibility and Economics (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7052 - Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material. You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject, IBM SPSS and NVivo.

Our library, which was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015, has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean production, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training in project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional benefit of being aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM). This will make it easier for you to become a full member of the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up opportunities in project management roles in construction and many other industries. Past graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies such as BAE Systems, Volvo Car Group, NHS, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Shell and Virgin Money. Job roles have included project managers, programme managers, project portfolio managers, management consultants, business developers, entrepreneurs, quality managers and directors.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that is highly valued by employers and applicable to a range of industries? This two-year course will give you project management skills that are widely transferable. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that is highly valued by employers and applicable to a range of industries? This two-year course will give you project management skills that are widely transferable.

Strong demand for project managers means the average salary for experienced professionals is £62,000 a year, or equivalent*.

The course covers topics such as how to assess project feasibility, how to manage risks in projects, how to keep people working together, and how to develop a portfolio of projects. The curriculum is aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM), which is the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

Internship

This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time in one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position but ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.

Research

If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Library and Information Management Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

There’s no need to have completed previous studies in project management and we welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a final Masters level research project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Module Overview
Year One
KB7030 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7031 - Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7032 - Project Organisations & Information Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7033 - Project change, risk and opportunities management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7036 - People in Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7037 - Project Feasibility and Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

Year Two
KB7052 - Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7005 - Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material. You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject, IBM SPSS and NVivo.

Our library, which was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015, has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean production, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training in project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional benefit of being aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM). This will make it easier for you to become a full member of the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

The Advanced Practice semester may help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year Masters course, like this one, may carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up opportunities in project management roles in construction and many other industries. Past graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies such as BAE Systems, Volvo Car Group, NHS, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Shell and Virgin Money. Job roles have included project managers, programme managers, project portfolio managers, management consultants, business developers, entrepreneurs, quality managers and directors.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This Masters in project management was the first of its kind in Wales to be officially accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and covers specific project management tools and techniques as well as the softer skills associated with project, programme and portfolio management. This masters course develops change management skills and leadership capability relevant to project professionals, and includes knowledge, competency frameworks and well known process-based methodologies such as Prince 2TM. Students on this project management programme will work on real-life projects to enhance their skills in their current roles, or to gain practical project experience.

The project management course develops a deeper understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of project, programme and portfolio management, and facilitates the essential skills and competences necessary to plan, monitor, control and deliver successful projects. It course focuses on developing skills for careers in project management including both theory and applied aspects, and is mapped against key professional body competencies. The knowledge, understanding and skills can be applied to a range of environments that bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to realise benefits or achieve objectives, operating within the multiple project constraints of cost, scope, time and quality requirements.

Students on this project management masters programme will also become familiar with leading edge thinking and emerging research in the field of project management to benefit their continued professional development.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1260-msc-project-management

What you will study

The course structure for the MSc Project Management consists of a number of core modules in addition to a dissertation or business research project.

Core Modules:
- Managing Projects and Programmes (20 credits)
- Strategic Analysis, Tools and Techniques (20 credits)
- Leadership and Management Theories (20 credits)
- Accounting and Financial Control (20 credits)
- Legislative and Professional Issues (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)

- Dissertation (60 credits) - The dissertation or business research project will involve extensive independent research into a relevant topic within project, programme and portfolio management, allowing you to apply and reflect on your skills and knowledge in the subject area.

APMP Project Management Qualification (Level 7)

Students on the MSc Project Management have the option to compliment their studies by undertaking the five day Level 7 APMP Project Management Qualification at the University for a reduced fee.

Learning and Assessment methods

Students will attend a combination of taught lectures and tutorials. A mix of assessment methods are used, including individual essays and reports, group projects and reports, presentations, seminars and an individual dissertation or project.

MSc Project Management (Exemption route)

If you can demonstrate extensive practitioner experience in managing and delivering projects coupled with the APMP level 7 qualification, you may be able to study the exemption route for this course.

Eligible students will be required to complete the Managing Projects and Programmes and Research Methods modules, plus a dissertation or business research project in order to gain the full Masters qualification.

Employment Prospects

Graduates from this course may:
- Develop a career in a project management based role or environment
- Already work in such an environment but seek to formally recognise their work
- Have the knowledge base, organisational and analytical skills to pursue a career as a project or programme manager, portfolio manager, working in a project management office (PMO), or as oroject administrator or project worker
- Have developed applied research skills in order to pursue advanced research study and further professional qualifications

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This course has been designed in line with the requirements of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

Course overview

According to the PMI, project management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide and the need for project management professionals is growing on every continent. Regardless of where you are from, our MSc in Project Management will equip you with both intellectual and practical skills to allow you to become a project management professional in virtually any field of work.

This course is designed to teach project management to people from any discipline. Unlike many other project management courses, you do not need an engineering or technical background to apply. A large number of our students are from business, arts and other backgrounds.

The course covers a comprehensive range of project management topics, utilising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also be given the chance to put your newly learnt skills into practice in an extended project management business game over a six-week period.

Various other modules ensure that you will develop a well-rounded set of project and general management skills, including International Project Management, Managing People and Project Leadership, Decision Support for Management and Project Risk and Quality Management. Speakers from outside the University also contribute to the course, providing real-world case studies.

When you have completed the course, you will be ready and confident to take place in the world of work and project management.

Course content

The course combines taught elements with independent projects and self-directed research. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests, with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Commercial and Contractual Issues (15 Credits)
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-International Project Management and Practice (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Employment & careers

Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries. The sectors where project managers are most commonly employed include construction, engineering, digital media, IT and telecoms.

Potential roles include:
-Project manager
-Engineering manager
-Digital and print production manager
-IT manager
-Construction manager

Senior and experienced project managers can earn around £60,000, with potential for higher salaries depending on the situation.
A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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Project management is now a central tool across many organisations, as more and more tasks are being managed as projects. For those working in the field or looking to develop their capabilities in this area, the PGCert in Project Management covers the knowledge and techniques required to manage large, complex projects successfully across a variety of contexts. It also provides you with an opportunity to develop the soft management skills essential to effective project management and so often neglected.

You may already work full-time in the field (or for a significant part of your role) and aspire to become an Association for Project Management (APM) Registered Project Professional, or to move into a more senior position. The course is also relevant to individuals working outside of project management, who will gain significant benefit from applying the skills and techniques across other business functions.

Course detail

The course covers the fundamental concepts, processes and tools reflected in both PRINCE2® and Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BoK) 6th edition. This means that alongside the PGCert, you have the option to also gain:

• the APMP qualification from the Association for Project Management, a qualification which is recognised nationally and internationally across many different sectors and industries

• the PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification, which is supported by Government and widely recognised by recruiters as a 'must have' for many project management roles in the UK.

As well as equipping you with the technical skills to manage projects successfully, we focus a lot of our attention on strengthening the soft skills that come into play within project management everything from communication to leadership. Many of these skills are transferable and can be applied to the management of any complex business task, in particular those requiring detailed planning, prioritising and analysis.

Structure

The course is designed to give you a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management from UWE, with the additional option to complete the PRINCE2® Practitioner and the APM Project Management Qualification (if required) alongside.

You can register for the course at any time and start the PRINCE2 learning (if you wish to do so) before the next run of the Project Management Competence module.

Modules

• Project Management Competence
• Project Management Principles in Practice

Additional assessment will be required for those wishing to gain the PRINCE2® Practitioner qualification and/or the APMP qualification (SCQF Level 7).

Format

If you opt to study the course online, you will have access to our full distance learning package with online materials and synchronised live sessions with your tutors via our Blackboard system. Group drop-in sessions will also run at set times throughout the year where you can meet with other course participants and discuss your progress.

Alternatively you can choose to study the course via a mix of online study units and face-to-face group sessions at our campus in Bristol to reinforce your e-learning and independent study.

On both routes, you will benefit from a range of learning methods, including e-learning, teaching based on research literature and practical experience, and peer and work-based learning. A significant emphasis is placed on drawing insight from real examples of project management work, and you will also have the opportunity to engage with the APM Body of Knowledge and academic literature on project management.

Assessment

Assessment for the Project Management Competence module takes the form of a reflective report on a project you are involved in. You will complete a 400-word proposal identifying key elements to be reviewed in your final report, and then review a project, discussing the elements identified in your proposal.

The Project Management Principles in Practice module is assessed through a work-based learning assignment, consisting of:
• a proposal containing research objectives/outcomes
• a written project (up to 8,000 words)
• a client presentation
• an informal viva with your supervisor to reflect upon your project experience.

Careers / Further study

This programme gives project management professionals the technical knowledge, skills development opportunities, and access to further professional qualifications, to be able to take their career to a senior project manager or director level.

Many participants use the course as a fast-track route onto the Association for Project Management (APM) and PRINCE2® Practitioner qualifications.

The course is also a stepping stone towards APM Registered Project Professional status for colleagues who gain the APMP qualification and have sufficient experience of managing complex projects, we can look to develop a portfolio of evidence with the self-reflection and communication skills required to support this application.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Focus on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios, and become a project leader in construction.

Project management is traditionally described in terms of the overall planning, control and co-ordination of a project from inception to completion, aimed at meeting a client's requirements and ensuring completion within specified constraints of time, cost and quality.

While this definition continues to provide a good starting point, the reality of modern project management is extremely complex. Client organisations are often pluralistic, comprising multiple stakeholders with different objectives. The complexity of the construction process thus leads to inherent uncertainty.

The role of the project manager is to integrate the various sectors of the industry in order to manage key interfaces throughout the project supply chain. Therefore, the successful project manager must have the ability to integrate and lead an interdisciplinary team in uncertainty. Effective leadership and sensitivity to human issues are vital. Modern clients demand an integrated and effective approach to the management of their construction projects. The discipline of project management continues to evolve and our MSc in Project Management is at the forefront of these developments.

The distinctive focus of the course is on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

The aim of the course is to provide a coherent framework for the discipline and practice of project management. Each module includes a number of sessions delivered by leading practitioners. The course is continually informed not only by the latest developments in industry, but also by on-going international research.

A recurring theme throughout the course concerns the dynamic nature of construction projects. Not only is it necessary to set clear objectives at the beginning of a project, it is also important to update them continually as the project unfolds.

A further theme is provided by the need for project managers to provide leadership. This requires a high level of interpersonal skills to motivate diverse team members towards the realisation of project success. Effective project management requires a sound knowledge of tools and techniques. It also requires an ability to think strategically. Traditionally, notions of command and control have to be matched with an ability to manage 'soft' issues. People management is central to the art of project management.

A particular emphasis is given to the early stages of construction projects and the interface with complex clients; projects are rarely carried out in isolation.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Principles and practice of project management
  • Construction contract law
  • International construction
  • Strategic management
  • Innovative developments in construction

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The course is intended for those who wish to progress to a project management role, or acquire a broader understanding of the project management process. The course will appeal to professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Client representatives
  • Project sponsors
  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Management consultants
  • Construction managers
  • Specialist contractors
  • Facilities managers.

The course will benefit anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of project management and underpin their practical experience with a robust conceptual framework.

Graduates will typically find employment as a project manager with public and private sector clients, consultants, architectural practices or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.



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Effective project management skills are in great demand in an increasingly complex global organisational environment. This MSc in Project Management aims to provide graduates with a broad range of specialist technical (hard) and interpersonal (soft) skills that will equip them to develop successful careers in this demanding and rapidly expanding field.

A strong theme of project and programme complexity will weave throughout the course and will provide a framework to explore fundamental and contemporary theory relating to leadership, cultural diversity, operational management, strategy, systems and complexity itself. This coupled with an in depth exposure to cutting edge practice across a range of sectors will enable graduates to deliver successful projects in an increasingly uncertain and complex global organisational context.

The structure of the course reflects the need for graduates to be adaptive practitioners by removing the barriers between technical and interpersonal skills and focusing on equipping them with the tools to recognise and understand the need to adapt practice, both in terms of leadership and management, to different contexts and demands. To this end the course structure will span leadership, management & strategy, risk management, contract negotiation, project finance, current issues, tools & techniques and law. The course will culminate in a final project – the Capstone Project – that will challenge students to investigate and report on a topic of relevanc​e to their work or to more general practice.​

*This programme is subject to validation and the information may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.​

Course content

Our MSc Project Management programme is unique and distinctive as it is designed and developed in alignment to key professional bodies in Project Management, APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute) knowledge areas and competencies framework which applies for any project domains and context. Students will have an ability to transfer and apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired from this Programme into wider context and various project, program and portfolio environment. ​

This MSc Project Management programme while building theoretical and contextual knowledge but more eminently prepares students a career in a collaborative world.

Core:

Project Management Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
Project Leadership (20 Credits)
Strategic Project Management (20 Credits)
Project Risk Management (20 Credits)
Project Commercial Management (20 Credits)
Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 Credits)
Caps​tone Project (40 Credits)​

Learning & teaching

The course will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, group work, practical sessions and distance learning via the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.

Postgraduate programme within the School operate on a semesterised basis with 140 credits of taught modules being delivered over two teaching semesters.

Modules are led by experienced members of staff and, in some instances, professional practitioners from industry and for each 20 credit module students will normally have:
48 hours of face to face contact and 152 hours of self –managed (tutor directed) learning.

We are a Registered Education Provider – Global Provider – with the Project Management Institute (PMI) the largest project Management professional body in the world. Students will have the opportunity to attend PMI meetings and events locally and nationally and to develop their own personal professional networks and contacts. We also work closely with Agile South Wales who encourage professional contact at events and have input to course teaching.

Advice and guidance is available via the course tutors or through the extensive personal tutoring service available in the school.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used including individual coursework, presentations, group practical assessment and debates. Extensive project management resources are available in the library and via the electronic catalogue as well as curated by individual tutors and made available through Moodle, the university virtual learning environment.

Employability & careers

Projects are key to the successful implementation of organisational strategy and those people with the right skills are increasingly seen as employees vital to success. Global demand for project managers is increasing to such an extent that demand is seriously outstripping supply.

On successful completion of this MSc you will be equipped to take on a challenging career in project management across a range of sectors from IT to construction, third sector, business and government. You will also be able to develop your current project management skills and experience to be able to specialise in such areas as risk management, finance and contract management or to take on more of a leadership role of your organisation’s portfolio of projects and programmes.

Upon completion of the MSc you can undertake further study at doctoral level via research or professional routes.

How to apply

Selection Procedure:
Application form/personal statement and if necessary an interview.

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.​;

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email .

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Langes Supramaniam:
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This programme is suitable for those already working in project management, as well as those looking to enter the profession. It is designed to allow entry from any degree discipline and a diverse range of work backgrounds. Read more

This programme is suitable for those already working in project management, as well as those looking to enter the profession. It is designed to allow entry from any degree discipline and a diverse range of work backgrounds. The skills learnt are transferable to a wide variety of industries – gas, engineering, information technology, healthcare, events, public sector and logistics. The programme is also relevant to those wishing to study a generalist qualification and as such is applicable to any area of work that involves project or programme management.

The programme is designed to address the growing complexity of projects and incorporates key project management tools and techniques, as well as the core competencies required by project managers to drive projects to a successful conclusion, and include a more holistic, international and ethical stakeholder approach.

This course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills in order to enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MSc will teach you the theory of effective project management practice and equip you with essential skills, confidence and competence to assist you when you venture into your chosen industry. You will learn to think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will be able to think and operate in a different way to your colleagues, which is essential in today’s global business arena.

Course content

The programme encompasses project management through a series of progressive modules, developing your knowledge from the fundamentals, through to modules addressing risk, resilience and contingency planning, project finance and procurement, managing project teams, critical perspectives and social impact and responsibility.

You will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications in Prince2 Foundation, Prince2 Practitioner and Agile Project Management Foundation.

The final stage of the programme will include a Project Management consultancy project or Project Management Dissertation. The consultancy project will allow you to undertake a project in one of a number of different industries and can address the different aspects of project or programme management. If you do not wish to take this opportunity, you will complete the Project Management Dissertation, which will allow you to explore, in depth, and critically review literature about issues related to a particular aspect of project management in your chosen area.

Course modules (17/18)

  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Risk, Resilience and Contingency Planning
  • Finance and Procurement Management
  • Social Impact and Responsibility
  • Managing Project Teams
  • Critical Issues in Project Management
  • Research Project
  • Business Research Project
  • Career Futures: Employability Skills

Methods of Learning

You will be taught by experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge of their own subject areas. Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lectures and workshop sessions, with an emphasis on participation and discussion.

For those students wishing to take up the option of a 12-month placement, the course will be 24 months in duration. For those students not wishing to take this option, then the course will be completed in 12 months.

The programme is completed by full time study on Park Campus. Normally, you will complete two semesters of 14 weeks, spending 12-15 hours per week in the classroom with your tutors and fellow students. You will be expected to engage in significant additional study, around 20-25 hours per week in self-directed study, learning and networking and attending additional workshops to support your achievement of the professional body memberships and awards.

Assessments

You will experience a variety of assessment styles including business reports, essays, research papers, oral presentations, practical work, examinations, case study and context analysis, as well as the dissertation.

Careers

This course will prepare you for a career in the public sector, service industries, information technology, engineering or any other business area needing project management skills. Graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as project team members in a variety of positions, including everything from project support to project management.

Work Experience

There is an opportunity to take a one year placement, which will allow you to develop and apply the necessary skills and abilities required to undertake complex business projects and reflect on your experiences.



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