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