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Ready to take your career to the next level? Southampton Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. Read more

Overview

Ready to take your career to the next level? Southampton Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. You’ll study the methodologies, techniques and processes of project management at a globally-accredited institution and gain sought-after PRINCE2® Practitioner and Agile Project Management™ qualifications.

- The course is delivered by a team of academics with strong links to the project management profession and the wider industry.
- Southampton Solent is the only university in the UK to offer and combine internationally recognised PRINCE2® Practitioner and Agile Project Management™ Practitioner accreditation opportunities.
- The course content aligns with requirements for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) Body of Knowledge.
- Students can convert any existing PRINCE2® Practitioner or Agile Project Management™ Practitioner accreditation into credits towards this MSc.
- The University has strong links to APMG-International, ensuring the course team and students are kept fully up to date with current trends in project management.
- The course concludes with a research methods unit and a dissertation.
- For the research project, students identify their own research topic and explore the application of various management and research methods.
- For their dissertation, students will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of an issue which is of personal interest and is related to the overall objectives of the project management course.

The industry -

According to the Project Management Institute (2015), 80 per cent of organisations understand the value of strong project managers in a bid to reduce the money wasted on poorly managed projects. Reflecting this, the project management profession is expanding dramatically with an estimated 1.5 million additional roles expected to be created globally every year until 2020.

Studying on Southampton Solent’s project management master’s degree course can leave students well placed for a wide variety of careers in national or international businesses across all sectors.

The programme -

The course is split into eight distinct units, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification. To find out more about the content of each specific unit, please see the ‘course content’ tab.

As well as helping to equip students with specialised project management skills, the course also encourages the development of leadership abilities, financial acumen and people management techniques. Students will gain a general understanding of governance, develop management accounting skills, and explore the methodology behind the world’s most popular project management qualification, PRINCE2®.

Students will also examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to deliver a project effectively, explore the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership, and learn the Agile Project Management methodology, specifically the proven DSDM Atern framework.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught via workshop/structured learning, group activities, individual exercises, independent learning and work-related learning.

Assessment -

Assessment formats include presentations, written assignments, exams, reports, projects, vivas and dissertations.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Anderson Economic Group, 1.5m additional project management roles will be created globally every year until 2020.

Following this course, you will be well placed for a variety of careers in a wide variety of sectors.

Links with industry -

This course has input from the Association of Project Managers (APM) and is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge. The University also has strong links with APMG-International to identify current trends in project management.

Transferable skills -

You will develop a range of transferable skills, encompassing group working, presentation, research and analysis, working to deadlines and applying knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,835 per year

International part-time fees: £6,190 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in project management? With its close alignment to the APM’s Body of Knowledge and incorporation of PRINCE2 and Agile PM qualifications, Southampton Solent’s project management master’s degree can help you gain the competitive edge in your career.

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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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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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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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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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The MSc in Construction Project Management prepares students for a professional role in the management of construction projects by providing students with… Read more
The MSc in Construction Project Management prepares students for a professional role in the management of construction projects by providing students with an understanding of both the people-related and technical requirements necessary for the successful management of projects, as well as the organisational and strategic aspects; it also stresses the project control mechanisms of resource management, budgeting and cost management, change control, contract management and information management.

This MSc is one of four MSc courses within the Management of Projects Group of Programmes. The other MSc courses are: Management of Projects, Commercial Project Management and Engineering Project Management.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a long history of delivering project management related masters courses and the staff who deliver the programme are drawn for a wide variety of backgrounds and industrial experience.

Course description

The MSc in Construction Project Management prepares students for a professional role in the management of construction projects by providing students with an understanding of both the people-related and technical requirements necessary for the successful management of projects, as well as the organisational and strategic aspects; it also stresses the project control mechanisms of resource management, budgeting and cost management, change control, contract management and information management.

This MSc is one of four MSc courses within the Management of Projects Group of Programmes. The other MSc courses are: Management of Projects, Commercial Project Management and Engineering Project Management.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a long history of delivering project management related masters courses and the staff who deliver the programme are drawn for a wide variety of backgrounds and industrial experience.

Teaching and learning

The Construction Project Management MSc is a full time course which is studied over 12 months, starting in September each year. The course comprises eight taught course units, each worth 15 credits, and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. Students on this particular MSc study four core units fundamental to project management, and which are shared by students on the other MSc courses. In addition, the Construction Project Management Professional Practice unit is programme specific unit which is designed to simulate the major challenges to delivering a successful construction/civil engineering project through the medium of a `live' case study approach. Students must also select three option units and carry out a Construction Project Management based dissertation.

Assessment of the taught part of the programme is via a combination of formal written examinations and coursework assignments, which will include group work and oral presentations. Some assessment is based on online material provided by the Association for Project Management (APM) and PRINCE2 (a process-based method for effective project management).

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Construction Project Management MSc are highly regarded by industry. This course offers students a unique blend between academic excellence, problem-based learning and industry practice. During their studies, students are required to immerse their knowledge in `live case studies', where actual construction/engineering projects are selected as part of the curriculum.
Our recent graduates go on to work with large multinational organisations globally, such as:
-Accenture, UK
-AECOM, UK
-Atkins, UK
-BGS Ingenieros SAC, Brazil
-Chechen State University, Russia
-E.C. Harris, UK
-FFC Pakistan
-FDM Group, UK
-Ghandara Designs, India
-Pentecost University College, Ghana
-Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Korea
-Ikea, China
-Jones Lang LaSalle, UK
-Joannou & Paraskevaides, Cyprus
-KPMG, UK
-Turner & Townsend, UK
-Sapura Crest Petroleum, Malaysia
-Saleh Ibrahim Steel Contracting LLC, UAE
-Sare Group, India
-Unicon Ltd, Qatar

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Construction Project Management is listed by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as an Approved Further Learning Scheme for Chartered Engineer. The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers. This means that successful completion of the MSc will enable applicants with an accredited first degree at BEng level to become chartered engineers.
The School has a Partnership arrangement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and this MSc is accredited by the RICS Project Management Faculty.

Students who successfully complete the unit MACE 60062 Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution option unit are eligible for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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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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This course will provide opportunities for individuals to become successful leaders in the field of project management, addressing a range of complex project management issues using different international and organisational examples. Read more
This course will provide opportunities for individuals to become successful leaders in the field of project management, addressing a range of complex project management issues using different international and organisational examples. Through a combination of taught modules, industry guest lectures and internship/dissertation project, students will have the opportunity to acquire both the technical and people skills required to become an effective project manager.

As part of the programme, students will also work towards obtaining PRINCE2 foundation qualification (an internationally used process based method for the effective management of projects).

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The MSc Project Management focusses on developing students understanding of the management of projects at a strategic level. Students will therefore not only focus on the skills required to manage projects effectively, but will also understand the wider application of how projects deliver strategic change, and how they interface with different disciplines in organisations.

The programme is delivered by teaching staff who have had extensive professional industry experience in the management of projects both in the United Kingdom and across the globe. Case studies of successful and failed projects, industry speakers and interactive technologies will make the programme engaging and interesting for students who enrol on the programme.

In addition to taught modules, students have the opportunity to do a dissertation which matches specific career aspirations. Alternatively, students have the opportunity to undertake a company internship (subject to meeting specific criteria1) which provides the chance to apply skills and management theory in carrying out real projects for host organisations.

The course also offers a module on project management methodologies which can lead to the Prince2 foundation certificate in project management (subject to passing the required exam), used extensively by the UK Government and widely recognised in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Please note: Students will need to pass all Semester 1 modules and attend two compulsory employability skills workshops. After an interview with an internal panel of academics and formal presentation, successful students are selected by the host organisation.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will be given the opportunity to:
-Develop an understanding of current developments and challenges in the field of project management within an international context
-Obtain the necessary skills required to successfully manage project management related activities across a range of organisations including public, private and not for profit sectors
-Develop your understanding of project management theories and concepts, in order to develop creative solutions to a range of complex project management issues
-Develop professional and research capabilities in both practical and theoretical aspects of project management at an advanced level
-Enhance transferable and professional skills towards improving project management career prospects

The Mandatory (compulsory) subjects are:
-Project Management in Practice
-Strategic Portfolio and Programme Management
-Project Organisation and Culture
-Project Management Methodologies (including PRINCE2 foundation training)
-Risk Management
-International Leadership
-Project Governance and Responsible Management
-Final project (Dissertation or Consultancy Module)

Option Modules:
-Strategy, Technology and Innovation
-Business Process Integration

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

A wide range of technologies will support the delivery of the programme to enhance students digital fluency, including:
-Microsoft Project
-Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
-Social Media
-Lecture based interactive quizzes
-CU Moodle
-Internet, Locate and databases to support effective searching, selection and analysis of different data sources

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc Project Management programme helps prepare students for a variety of project management careers in different organisational settings, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

There will be an emphasis on intercultural experiences for students on the MSc programme via:
-The opportunity for students to enrol on the Global Leaders programme.
-Exposure to an online international learning experience (OIL) project, or guest lectures from International Project Managers.
-Advertised field trips throughout the School.
-The use of international case studies and examples throughout the programme.

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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