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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. It offers a range of project management skills useful in many subject areas, plus skills that are particularly useful in IT project management. 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. To enhance your employability and career prospects further, we offer you the opportunity to complete a six-month internship within industry before completing your master’s project. Internships are optional and competitive but if interested we work with you to find an appropriate industry match and prepare you for interview.

What you study

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. We also integrate essential IT management topics around e-commerce and information systems management. You will develop sufficient technical and interpersonal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of IT management.

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.

Modules
Block 1
-Information Systems Management
-Managing Projects with PRINCE2®
-Strategic Project Management

Block 2
-e-Commerce Management
-Research Methods and Project Specifications
-Risk Management in Projects
And
-Master’s Project: IT Project Management

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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.

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

Typically graduates of this postgraduate degree are well suited for a career in IT project management, general project management or IT management.

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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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If you want to work as a professional IT-specialist developing organizations and businesses using IT then this master program is for you. Read more
If you want to work as a professional IT-specialist developing organizations and businesses using IT then this master program is for you. In the programme we provide you with skills and knowledge about the social and technical aspects needed to use IT in order to improved organisations and businesses. Today there is a need for a new expertise that is innovative and that skilfully combines the technical, organisational and social skills required to make IT-systems truly useful for people and organisations. Our Master in Information Systems prepares you well for working life and includes two specialisations: IT project management and IT in public sector.

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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)

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/business-project-management-msc

Modules

Core modules:

- Fundamentals of PRINCE2 project management
The module outlines the fundamental principles, methodologies, methods, techniques and tools that are used in PRINCE2 approach to project management.Project technical skills are developed through the practice of planning, executing and evaluating a new product, service or process.

- Business case development
The module outlines continued justification for the project. It highlights a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches used in the construction of a business case. Technical skills are developed in exploring costs, benefits, risks and schedules which are used to evaluate alternative project scenarios and provides the rationale for the preferred project option.

- Operational research and systems approaches
This module develops a range of quantitative and qualitative modelling skills with which financial and other information can be structured, manipulated and used for business decision support and project control and evaluation.

- Project: Value, innovation and change
This module provides a thorough grounding on how projects and organisations might deal with various aspects of innovation, value development as means of executing the scope of the project and management change from a business project perspectives. Following aspects of the MoV certification competencies.

- Fundamentals of AGILE project management
The module outlines the principles, methodologies, methods, techniques, tools and metaphors that are applied to scrum/agile projects via the AgilePM Foundation practices. Different scrum skills (i.e. soft and technical) are developed through the practice of an iterative and incremental process, and underpinned by a distinctive quality approach in order to produce a product for a business need.

- Quality standards and management
The module focuses on methodologies; methods and techniques used to enhance the quality of project. Various concepts, principles and models associated with contemporary quality approaches are examined and applied. Additionally, key product and process improvement standards are reviewed through quality auditing of ISO and standards management.

- Project risk management
This module examines the systematic process of identifying, analysing, monitoring, controlling and responding to mitigate project risk as considered through M_o_R certification and also develop an understanding as a PMO the principles of P3O, P3M3 and PPS. The module brings together tools to enhance positive project objectives while dealing with negatives concerns and considering project risk management and finance.

- Research methods
The module enables you to use and undertake different types of Business Project Management research. Various research strategies and associated methodologies, methods, techniques and tools are examined and practiced. Additionally, these strategies and approaches are linked with business Project Management metaphors and scientific philosophies to develop your dissertation of a business project management theme.

- Dissertation
The dissertation aims to bring together all the various methodologies considered in the course, giving you the chance to illustrate mastery in the field of project management.

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

In addition to addressing the APM's core competencies, the course has five 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

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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 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 (16/17)

-Fundamentals of Project Management
-Risk, Resilience and Contingency Planning
-Project Finance and Procurement
-Social Impact and Responsibility
-Managing Project Teams
-Critical Perspectives in Project Management
-Project Management Consultancy Project
-Project Management Dissertation

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. The full-time programme normally runs twice a year with September and January starts.

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.

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.

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.

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 start their careers as project team members in a variety of positions, including everything from project support to project management. Some students, depending on their background, become programme managers.

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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Module details. Principles of Project Management. Project Teams. Project Strategy. Project Finance and Marketing. You can choose form one of the following three pathways. Read more
Module details:

Principles of Project Management
Project Teams
Project Strategy
Project Finance and Marketing
You can choose form one of the following three pathways:
The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Module details:

Principles of Project Management
Project Teams
Project Strategy
Project Finance and Marketing
You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment
Commercial Management of Construction
Urban Development
or

Computing
Information Systems Project Management
Consultancy and Technological Innovation
or

Enterprise Management
Management of Organisational Change
Strategic Innovation Management
Research

Professional Enquiry Methods
Research in the Real World Dissertation
Module details:

Principles of Project Management (20 credits)
This module provides a generic introduction to and overview of the key principles, methodologies, tools and techniques of project management.

Project Teams (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the structure, development, leadership and management of teams that plan and deliver projects. It deals with relations, interactions and communications within and beyond the team. The particular contexts of high performance, self -directed, dispersed and virtual teams are also considered.

Project Strategy (20 credits)
This module examines the different ways in which businesses and organisations make use of projects. It considers the strategic role of projects in a variety of organisational contexts and analyses methods for project selection and project portfolio management.

You can choose form one of the following three pathways:

Environment pathway

Commercial Management of Construction (20 credits)
This module will provide you with critical appreciation of how commercial projects balance competitiveness against profitability particularly in the value of human resource. The module will cover the procurement and risk management techniques used in the construction industry.

Urban Development (20 credits)
This module will provide you with the critical analytical tools to determine the value of development appraisals, net present value techniques, residual land valuations and the role these play in the acquisition, disposal and evaluation of development opportunities. The module will consider the role construction technology and environmental services related to the projects viability and worth.
The module will consider the project management issues faced by a client over the whole project with the separate built environment module considering the construction phase issues.

Computing pathway

Information Systems Project Management (20 credits)
Project management related to information systems is ever growing in importance within a wide range of private and public sector environments, operating with an ever increasing need for efficient budgetary controls and successful completions on time.

The module provides you with a comprehensive appreciation of the associated good practise for Project Management, the skills and professional techniques used in preparation for their related roles and interactions within or associated to commercial project teams. The life cycle of any project needs to be appreciated by all stakeholders and thus the students within their studies will be further equipped in order to support and encourage others to see successful completion.

Consultancy and Technological Innovation (20 credits)
This module provides you with the skills to understand and operate in the complex multi–sourced environment of supporting business change supported by global technologies and apply these concepts to a real implementation case study using programme management concepts. You will examine the organisational structure of IT including systems integrators and consultancy and overview of the IT Consulting world, its principles and practice using the strategic management of leading edge technology initiatives as a focus area.

Enterprise Management pathway

Management of Organisational Change (20 credits)
This module is concerned with managing change within organisations. Organisational change is a complex process that occurs in specific organisational contexts. The module therefore critically considers the nature and experience of change from the perspective of the multiple organisational factors involved in the process: including the role of the change agent, the impact on individuals (including the potential for resistance), the building of receptive contexts, and the importance of organisational culture, power and politics.

Strategic Innovation Management (20 credits)
This module is concerned with the ways in which organisations and their extended supply chains can develop new processes, products and services that add real value. It focuses on the meaning of innovation, types of innovation, sources of innovation and innovation best practice in context.

Research

Professional Enquiry Methods (20 credits)
This module is designed to introduce the essential components of undertaking professional enquiry and postgraduate research. As such, it develops skills and knowledge that will contribute to successful completion of a dissertation. It also provides a basis for assessing the validity of procedures employed and results obtained in any research presented to participants in the future

Research in the Real World (40 credits)
This module is concerned with conducting a piece of original research or professional enquiry related to the overall field of projects and project management. It requires reporting of research results and their analysis in the form of a written structured dissertation.

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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.

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