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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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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 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. Read more
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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Project management is now a central tool across many organisations, as more and more tasks are being managed as projects. Read more
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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Advance your career. Construction was the first and is still the dominant sector of the economy where project management is practised. Read more

Advance your career

Construction was the first and is still the dominant sector of the economy where project management is practised. It is also an international endeavour, where the cost and complexity of major buildings is ever increasing.

Further your expertise and industry experience for a global career through the combined the Master of Construction Practice/Master of Project Management. Graduates will gain an internationally recognised qualification and in turn, enhance their career potential in the field of construction practice.

Internationally recognised qualification

The Master of Construction Practice/ Master of Project Management is professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry and further their career potential.

About the program

The combined Masters degree in Construction Practice and Project Management enables students interested in being a construction project manager to gain specialised knowledge related to the delivery of complex buildings. Construction was the first and is still the dominant sector of the economy where project management is practised. It is also an international endeavour, where the cost and complexity of major buildings is ever increasing. Therefore, a combined understanding of the construction process together with the generic principles of successful management of scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, quality, procurement, stakeholders and environmental impact, and their balanced integration, is most valuable. Construction project managers demand salaries at the top of the professional range, and may be involved in commercial, residential, industrial and civil developments, including in the energy and resources sector. Students graduate with a Master of Construction Practice and a Master of Project Management upon completion.This degree is internationally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Construction Practice / Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete all of the following subjects:



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This MSc in Construction Project and Cost Management has been developed in response to a rapid cultural change in the global construction industry towards less adversarial approaches to project management and the demand for continuing professional development. Read more
This MSc in Construction Project and Cost Management has been developed in response to a rapid cultural change in the global construction industry towards less adversarial approaches to project management and the demand for continuing professional development.

The course is unique and practice led for new graduate and mid-career professionals. This course also provides a vocational conversion course for non-cognate graduates joining the construction profession in particular project management, cost consultancy and quantity surveying. Also a route has been created for individuals of a cognate award; this will appeal to a wider range of construction professionals engaged in construction/project management, civil and structural engineering, architectural technology, surveying and building services engineering.

There are free CPD modules such as fundamental construction, which allows the introduction of construction and its process to non- cognate and international students. This course combines the traditional professions of Construction management, Project/Contract Management and Quantity Surveying.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the course focuses on the core skills and competencies as set out by RICS and CIOB for construction project managers and quantity surveyors. The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for enhancing a wide range of skills and excellent career opportunities in the construction industry.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course focuses on the core skills and competencies as set out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for construction project managers, construction cost managers and quantity surveyors. One of the modules is based on attendance at a programme of CPD sessions delivered as part of the RICS CPD foundation and these are prescribed by the programme manager. The course been designed for full time or part time study by the use of ‘one-week blocks’ of teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course comprises nine modules in total (listed below) one of which is based on attending CPD events and the remaining being taught (each delivered in one week intensive block with the exception of the research project).
-Construction Contract Management - CPD
-Pre-Contract Management Practice
-Global Project Management Practice
-Construction Cost Management
-Financial Management and Control
-Global Professional Development
-Contemporary issues and research methodologies in construction
-Integrated Project
-Research Project

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The Construction Project and Cost Management MSc degree is designed for graduates seeking careers Chartered (RICS) and/or CIOB as Project Management Surveyors. This degree has wide appeal across the construction industry professions. The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for enhancing a wide range of skills and excellent career opportunities in the construction industry.

Those completing the course will be able to enter the profession and develop to become senior practitioners with a focus on the field of strategic Construction Project and Cost Management (CPCM).

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The complex challenges faced in modern engineering have created a growing need for highly motivated graduates who understand project infrastructure planning, construction, management and maintenance issues. Read more

About the course

The complex challenges faced in modern engineering have created a growing need for highly motivated graduates who understand project infrastructure planning, construction, management and maintenance issues.

This MSc course equips you with the knowledge, creativity and transferable skills required by project managers in the industry – developing your independent learning abilities and providing a foundation for your ongoing professional development.

You will learn current theories and practices for managing contemporary engineering projects from inception to completion – and for maintaining the resulting infrastructure throughout its lifetime.

Aims

Engineering is at the core of a successful economy and the infrastructure it develops directly affects the wellbeing of its citizens and the environment. Skilled, qualified project managers have a key role in this vital work.

There are two main challenges facing the engineering and construction industry:

1. Clients are increasingly requiring contractors to deliver projects using limited resources, at low cost, in short duration and to a high level of quality and safety
2. Much existing infrastructure is under severe strain due to a legacy of inadequate maintenance and rapid population growth.

The course examines these commercial pressures and will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

- The principles of strategic planning and risk analysis in successful project and infrastructure management
- The theoretical basis for the organisation of project infrastructure development and how management of budgets, human resources and supply chains can affect overall project success
- The interplay between engineering project, infrastructure management and sustainability in the complex real-world situations.

The programme develops students' technical knowledge and transferable skills sought by employers, equipping them with the compulsory attributes to flourish in senior roles within the engineering and construction sector.

Course Content

The taught element of the course includes eight modules which approximates to 150 learning hours. For full-time mode of study, the programme is taken over 12 months. The eight modules will be taught over the first eight months (from October to May) and during the final four months (June to September), students will undertake a project dissertation.

The individual project gives you the opportunity to undertake original research in the field of engineering project and infrastructure management. The preparatory work for the project is undertaken together with the taught modules over the first two semesters, under a research methods module, whilst the summer period is being devoted to the actual project dissertation.

Typical Modules:

Sustainable Project Management
Quality Management and Reliability
Financial Management Risk and Financial Management
Managing People and Organisation
Infrastructure Management
Procurement and Contract Management
Geo-Environmental Management for Civil Engineers
Research Methods and Professional Development
Project Dissertation

Teaching

Formal lectures are used to deliver course materials and are supported by structured seminars and problem solving sessions to develop your knowledge and cognitive skills. The lectures give a broad overview of the main concepts and principles you need to understand, providing you with a framework on which to build and expand your knowledge on through private studies.

The application of theory and strengthening of knowledge of taught material is achieved through computing sessions, field trips and group projects. The latter is aimed particularly at enhancing your teamwork skills.

Our well resourced computing laboratories allow you to develop your knowledge and experience of appropriate planning and management software packages - and to apply this to project and infrastructure management problems. You also have access to computers outside scheduled laboratory sessions to allow you to learn at your own pace and time.

Learning from real-world examples forms a significant part of the course. You will visit project sites to understand the challenges and solutions of modern engineering projects.

Our staff are active in research and maintain close contact with industry to ensure that course materials are up-to date with commercial needs. We also invite leading industry figures to the University as guest speakers.

You will also be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to provide academic and pastoral support during the whole duration of your course.

Assessment

Each of the taught modules is assessed either by formal examination, an assignment, or a balanced combination of the two. Methods of assessing assignments include essay, individual/group report, oral presentation and short test.

Information on assignments in terms of the aims, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and submissions requirements are clearly specified at the beginning of the academic year. Detailed feedback on assignment is provided to students to assist them in achieving the required learning outcomes.

The research project is assessed by dissertation and oral presentation. You will be assigned to a project supervisor who will provide you with a one-to-one supervision on your work. The research project gives you the opportunity to take what you have learnt and to explore and develop specific interests by applying it to your own piece of research, which makes it possibly the most fulfilling aspect of the course.

Special Features

This MSc programme has been specially designed to develop graduates and practising engineers and position them at the forefront of managing and leading these developments.

The course explores very current, 21st century issues around risk management, planning and programming, cost control, people and information management, contract/procurement management and sustainability. We receive input for the course from industrial partners and students get to understand project management at work through site visits.

Modules on project finance, risk, procurement and contract management, supply chain strategy, will underpin modules focusing on sustainable project, infrastructure and environmental management.

Students’ skills in gathering and understanding complex information from a variety of sources (including engineering, scientific and socio-economic information) will be developed in a module on advanced research methods. Issues relating to risk and health and safety will be developed in more specialist modules.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

This course has been designed in close consultation with industry and is accredited as a designated technical MSc degree by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for entry years 2015 to 2017. The JBM is made up of Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

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

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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Centennial College's Project Management program provides you with solid fundamental knowledge to manage projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. Read more
Centennial College's Project Management program provides you with solid fundamental knowledge to manage projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Fully licensed by the Project Management Institute as a Registered Education Provider, this School of Business program is intended for applicants who previously completed a post-secondary education in any discipline.

The Project Management courses follow A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, 2013 Project Management Institute, Inc. The use of this guide is enhanced by a curriculum that includes hands-on integration of technology tools such as Microsoft Project and leading-edge industry case studies with a focus on organizational leadership.

A full-time, 14-week experiential learning opportunity (internship) with a participating organization allows you to gain valuable project management experience. During this time, you are required to participate in an online course and prepare assignments related to the experiential learning opportunity. The experience can be used towards work requirements for the PMI® designation.

This program is suited for college and university graduates from any discipline who wish to increase their employability by working towards a globally recognized certification in project management. It is also ideal for experienced project managers seeking to bring a new dimension of leadership to their work environment and for leaders who want to manage innovation in a structured manner.

Industries often develop new and innovative opportunities through projects that are delivered on time and on budget. Project managers oversee a company's projects from start to finish, ensuring each facet is executed with skill and efficiency.

PMP® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-You build your portfolio and become equipped with industry-standard skills and strategic business techniques to manage projects in your discipline.
-In the Project Management program, the opportunity exist to network with industry professionals from all disciplines.
-You will thrive in small classes that use leading-edge project management tools, technologies and hands-on practices.
-The offering is tailored to individuals with excellent communication skills, the ability to analyze and prioritize, good listening skills, a positive outlook with the ability to motivate other team members, exceptional organizational skills, the know-how to thrive under pressure, and the ability to work well with other team members while acting as problem solvers and decision makers.

Professional Associations
-Upon completion of this Project Management program, provided you meet eligibility criteria, you will be able to confidently write the PMP® certification exam.
-The program allows you to work towards the PMI®'s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) designation, a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners.
-CAPM® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook
-Project manager
-Project coordinator
-Project leader
-Process development analyst
-Global project assistant manager

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Centennial College’s Pickering Learning Site Project Management program will allow you to gain the fundamental knowledge to successfully manage projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. Read more
Centennial College’s Pickering Learning Site Project Management program will allow you to gain the fundamental knowledge to successfully manage projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. This program is offered in a compressed, three-day/week schedule to maximize efficiency.

Fully licensed by the Project Management Institute as a Registered Education Provider, this School of Business program is intended for applicants who previously completed a post-secondary education in any discipline.

The Project Management program follows A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, 2013 Project Management Institute, Inc. The use of this guide will be enhanced by a curriculum that includes hands-on integration of technology tools such as Microsoft Project and leading-edge industry case studies with a focus on organizational leadership.

A full-time, 14-week experiential learning opportunity (internship) with a participating organization will allow you to gain valuable project management experience. You will be required to participate in an online course and prepare assignments related to the experiential learning opportunity. The experience can be used towards work requirements for the PMI® designation.

This program is suited for college and university graduates from any discipline who wish to increase their employability by working towards a globally recognized certification in project management. It is also ideal for experienced project managers seeking to bring a new dimension of leadership to their work environment and for leaders who want to manage innovation in a structured manner.

Industries often develop new and innovative opportunities through projects that are delivered on time and on budget. As a project manager, you will oversee a company’s projects from start to finish, ensuring each facet is executed with skill and efficiency.

PMP® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Please note: Program 2525 is offered at the Pickering Learning Site. If you wish to take this program at Progress Campus, please see program 2528.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-You will build your portfolio and become equipped with industry standard skills and strategic business techniques to manage projects in your discipline.
-In the Project Management program, the opportunity will exist to network with industry professionals from all disciplines.
-You will thrive in small classes that use leading-edge project management tools, technologies and hands-on practices.
-The offering is tailored to individuals with excellent communication skills; the ability to analyze and prioritize; good listening skills; a positive outlook with the ability to motivate other team members; exceptional organizational skills; the know-how to thrive under pressure; and the ability to work well with other team members while acting as problem solvers and decision makers.

Professional Associations
-Upon completion of this School of Business program, provided you meet eligibility criteria, you will be able to confidently write the PMP® certification exam.
-The program will allow you to work towards the PMI®’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) designation, a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners.
-CAPM® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook
-Project Manager
-Project Coordinators
-Project Leaders
-Process Development Analysts
-Global Project Assistant Managers

Areas of Employment
-Health
-Engineering
-Computer
-New media
-Advertising
-Marketing
-Financial
-Education
-Transportation
-Construction

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Define your career potential. The property sector is Australia’s largest industry and second largest employer. Read more

Define your career potential

The property sector is Australia’s largest industry and second largest employer. Fulfilling the residential and non-residential needs of Australia continues to remain a priority and requires employers to hire graduates with the capabilities and skills to work in a dynamic and unpredictable market. Now more than ever, graduates must combine their knowledge and skills with the advancements in technology to remain competitive.

Prepare yourself with knowledge and technical skills for a career within global property related industries and professions. The combined Master of Valuation and Property Development/Master of Project Management prepares students with project management skills that ensure complex new initiatives are implemented as intended by development managers.

Combined studies

The Master of Valuation and Property Development/ Master of Project Management ensure graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills across a variety of disciplines. Graduates focus their attention to property investment and valuation, as well as project and program management. This combination of knowledge and skills allows graduates to differentiate themselves in the industry and pursue many career paths.

About the program

The combined Masters degree in Valuation and Property Development and Project Management enables students interested in being a development manager to gain specialised knowledge related to property investment and development. Development managers require project management skills to ensure that complex new initiatives are implemented as intended. It is also an international endeavour, where property development and urban renewal is relentless. Therefore, a combined understanding of the property investment process together with the generic principles of successful management of scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, quality, procurement, stakeholders and environmental impact, and their balanced integration, is most valuable. Development managers must know how to assess risks, and take them where appropriate, and may be involved in commercial, residential, industrial and civil developments, often involving large-scale projects. Students graduate with a Master of Valuation and Property Development and a Master of Project Management upon completion.Graduates of this degree are internationally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Valuation and Property Development / Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete all of the following subjects:

In addition, students must complete 4 electives. The following are recommended (and required for API accreditation):



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About the program. The combined Masters degree in Communications and Project Management enables students interested in a career in corporate communications, public relations and strategic and cultural communication to acquire expertise in the planning, implementation and management of projects and programs. Read more

About the program

The combined Masters degree in Communications and Project Management enables students interested in a career in corporate communications, public relations and strategic and cultural communication to acquire expertise in the planning, implementation and management of projects and programs. The addition of project and program management skills enables graduates to access more strategic positions in their organisation and to be responsible for overseeing new initiatives involving the management of scope, time, cost and risk. Communications is also a key competency of project and program management, and it is therefore possible that students pursuing a project management career might wish to obtain a combined degree with communication. Students graduate with a Master of Communication and a Master of Project Management upon completion. Graduates of this combined degree are internationally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Create career opportunities

Employers continue to seek graduates with a flexible skill set and knowledge across many disciplines, ensuring adaptability. A Master of Communication/ Master of Project Management at Bond allows graduates to gain a deeper understanding in both communication and project management. This combined degree option provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to expand their career paths and is professional recognised in the Project Management industry.

Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!

Intensive mode delivery

In addition to becoming knowledgeable in both communication and project management, students will learn through intensive mode delivery. This delivery method allows participants to receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours per subject. International students are required to be on campus every week.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Communication/Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete all of the following subjects:

In addition, you must choose one (1) of the following suites of subjects for your dissertation/portfolio:

or 

  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A (HUMR71-705)
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B (HUMR71-706)
  • Plus two (2) elective subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of available postgraduate subjects.(COMN71-710 Communication Internship and Portfolio and further Minor Dissertation/Portfolio subjects are available as elective subject options).


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This programme is for those wishing to study project management at postgraduate (Master's) level. You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required for a successful career in project management. Read more
This programme is for those wishing to study project management at postgraduate (Master's) level. You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding required for a successful career in project management.

About the course

This course pulls together project management theory, practice and solid hands-on experience to provide you with an excellent grounding in project management theory and methods.

The balance of theory and practice is reflected in the research interests and practitioner experience of our specialist lecturers. The course content covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of project management including:
-Time, quality and cost management
-Project leadership and team management
-Project management's contribution to strategy

The course also provides the option to select modules relevant to different project management application areas:
-General project management
-Information systems
-Engineering

Why choose this course?

-Study for a professionally accredited Project Management degree
-Develop the skills and knowledge to become a successful project manager
-Learn from our excellent team of lecturers, researchers and industry professionals from a range of project management backgrounds
-Choose from three different routes, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies

Professional Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management as being aligned with their professional body of knowledge.

Careers

Our graduates go on to become project planners, controllers, project managers and senior project managers in a variety of sectors and a wide range of organisations.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Structure

Modules
-Computer Simulation for Business
-Information Management
-Manufacturing Strategy
-Project Leadership and Communications
-Project Management Simulation

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This double degree explores the professional challenges and opportunities for event organisers and managers in the complex international sporting landscape, from a grassroots level to elite professional sports organisations and events. Read more

This double degree explores the professional challenges and opportunities for event organisers and managers in the complex international sporting landscape, from a grassroots level to elite professional sports organisations and events.

The addition of project management skills to the Master of Sports Management enables graduates be responsible for overseeing new initiatives involving the management of scope, time, cost and risk. The program is designed to enhance the career opportunities of established professionals, as well as assist individuals aspiring to develop a career in this unique sector.

About the program

The Master of Sports Management / Master of Project Management has been designed to equip students with the expertise in the planning, implementation and management of sporting projects and programs. The combination degree explores the professional challenges and opportunities for managers in the complex international sporting landscape from a grassroots level to elite professional sports organisations and events. The addition of project management skills enables graduates to access more strategic positions in their organisation and to be responsible for overseeing new initiatives involving the management of scope, time, cost and risk. The program is designed to enhance the career opportunities of established professionals, as well as assist individuals aspiring to develop a career in this unique sector. 

Structure and subjects

The Master of Sports Management / Master of Project Management enables students to integrate project management with sports management, and graduate with two Master's degrees. Various exit options also exist.

View the Master of Sports Management / Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete all of the following subjects:

Learning & teaching methodology

The Master of Sports Management / Project Management comprises a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, case studies, field trips, examinations, presentations, internship and industry projects. Students benefit from the extensive professional experience of academic staff in a range of fields, as well as their professional networks.

The program places an emphasis on real-world experience from the first semester. Many of the subjects in the program include industry-based assessment activities that are delivered in conjunction with industry. This inclusion of small projects mirrors the real world contexts in which graduates will be employed and enables students to develop their own advanced professional competencies.

Visiting guests with extensive experience will also participate in field trips, workshops and lectures to provide students with insight into the practice requirements and career opportunities of the industry.



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Become a better project manager - improve your skills and gain a deeper understanding of project management and leadership practice. Read more
Become a better project manager - improve your skills and gain a deeper understanding of project management and leadership practice.

About the course

This innovative, practice-focused course concentrates on building project management skills which can immediately be applied in the workplace, and helps you understand, utilise and develop your personal strengths and capabilities. Uniquely, you will relate the concepts learned to your actual daily project work and reflect critically on the outcomes.

Firstly, you will consolidate your existing project management skills and study the core principles of project management, including: quality, time, cost, benefits and risks. You will also cover project organisations and structures, process and lifecycles, planning, monitoring and controlling, and risk and opportunity management. You will define and analyse your individual learning styles and strengths and learn how to utilise these in a business environment, focusing on how people working in groups can relate to one another effectively.

You will go on to study the theory and practice of leadership in delivering successful project outcomes. You will look at project leadership within the context of existing theories, and focus on how these theories are applied in actual situations. You will continue to build on your strengths analysis work and learn to correlate theoretical insights with practice and critically analyse your own leadership performance, developing skills in negotiation, decision-making, motivation, problem-solving, delegation and conflict management.

You will continue to focus on yourself as an individual manager and the improvement of your capabilities and skills through continuous professional development and lifelong learning by managing your own professional development. You will synthesise your strengths, interests and issues into an individual learning plan, and identify a new area for personal development, and the key resources required.

The later modules enable you to develop reflective practitioner skills and explore perspectives, viewpoints, contexts and boundaries, establishing your own learning position and critical stance. Practice-focused learning activities help you to refine your own project enquiry research methods, materials and understanding of perspective, in preparation for your final dissertation which focuses around a real area of interest or a business need within your work practice and has direct relevance to your own project work.

Why choose this course?

-Designed for working professionals
-Focuses around improving your own working practice - skills and techniques learned can be immediately applied in a work context
-Identifies and develops your individual strengths and potential
-Relevant to project managers or leaders in any organisation
-Group ethos encourages sharing of learning and experience between different disciplines and organisations
-Leading-edge expertise of internationally renowned academics and project management practitioners

Careers

This course will develop your project management and leadership skills, and the strengths-based ethos will encourage you to explore new perspectives, approaches, frameworks and ideas.

Students come from a variety of management backgrounds and work environments and study this programme for personal and professional development and as a basis for career progression.

Graduates of the course have significantly improved their project skills and career prospects, often moving to more responsible roles in management and leadership.

More about the course

Project management is a key competence for most organisations in the public and private sectors. This MSc has been developed by the National Centre for Project Management academic team (which includes Professor Darren Dalcher) using the most recent ideas in work-based learning and practice-based development.

The course offers an in-depth introduction to the theory and practice of managing and leading projects. Students are encouraged to develop their professional practice and target high-level workplace research into areas of business need. The material covers the newest advances available in both research and practice and emphasises behavioural and contextual competences alongside technical aspects.

This programme is unique because it focuses around the development of the individual student in their particular work context, and because it is multi-disciplinary – the teaching is relevant to those managing or leading projects in any organisation or context.

Teaching methods

The course combines classroom-based teaching workshops and group interaction with work-based learning and reflection between sessions. Each module takes 3-4 months to complete and contains 3 units of 2 consecutive weekdays (i.e., 2 consecutive days of teaching per month). This block-release format has been designed to enable those in full-time employment to study.

There are no examinations. Instead, you are assessed by work-based assignments which focus around critical reflection on your individual work context and your real-life projects, and a final dissertation in which you research a relevant area of interest or business need.

The skills that you learn and develop can quickly be applied to your daily work practice, with real and immediate benefit to you and your organisation.

Students are self-managed learners supported by StudyNet, which gives access to lecture notes, course material, digital library collections, online discussion and group work facilities, communication with your tutors and fellow students, your personal e-portfolio and much more.

Structure

Modules
-Leading Projects
-Managing Projects
-Project Enquiry

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