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The course is industry focused and looks to cover both theory and application of project management principles, practices and tools. Leadership, team building and influencing skills, integral to successful complex project delivery are also explored.

After several years of a successful in person course the decision has been taken to convert to an online blended learning mode. This is in keeping with the current needs of industry.

Course details

Programme aims

The course is industry focused and looks to cover both theory and application of project management principles, practices and tools. Leadership, team building and influencing skills, integral to successful complex project delivery, are also explored.

The key objectives of the course are:

  • A systematic understanding of Project Management knowledge, and critical awareness of current challenges in an industrial context
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to advanced study of Project Management
  • Innovation in the application of Project Management knowledge, but with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret information
  • Conceptual understanding of Project Management that enables them to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship and evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them

Programme content

The course is modular in structure with six compulsory taught 20 credit modules (120 credit taught material) and a major project in the third year (60 credits). Students may choose to complete one year (for a Certificate in Project Management), two years (for a Diploma in Project Management) or a full three-year MSc course. The first two years are made up of three modules per year. Each module is a mix of theory, practical example and coursework, and requires the equivalent of around 200 study hours. The course also offers three on campus Learning Hub sessions, each consisting of between one and two and a half days of intensive consolidation and interaction. The third year comprises a major project on an in-depth industrial project, managed using the principles and tools taught in the previous two years.

The University of Birmingham's virtual learning platform presents students with a superior environment for their online studies. We have moved beyond the traditional classroom structure, taking full advantage of digital media with modules that draw on interactivity, active student participation and social connectivity with staff and peers to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, the University of Birmingham's online students engage with the curriculum directly using:

  • Video Lectures: Access content at any time and from any device
  • Interactive Assignments: Actively participate in learning exercises
  • Real-Life Case Studies: Gain skills you can apply immediately
  • Social Interaction: Connect with peers, professors and industry managers online

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Learning and teaching

A mixture of lectures, seminars and discussion. A lot of emphasis is placed on student interaction and also work place learning (where appropriate) and use of enquiry based learning. 

Skills gained

  • A sound and broad understanding of the principles, practices and tools available for use in project management, particularly in an industrial context
  • Ability to critically assess when implementation of novel or more traditional approaches in project management is appropriate
  • Abilility to make sound decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Capability in transferable skills to communicate effectively and work as part of a multinational and multidisciplinary team
  • Capacity to be responsible for their continuing personal and professional development and for acting in a professional and ethical manner
  • Obtain and process (possibly conflicting) information from a wide range of courses, and be aware of the limitations of the potential solutions
  • Selecting and using appropriate ICT, recognising the capabilities and limitations of computers based methods


The course is aimed at people currently in work (in an industrial setting) and should provide significant development within their existing career path or offering an opportunity to change to a more project orientated career.


Assessment is predominately by coursework, but also with assessed tutorials and presentations in some cases. The major project is assessed via report and presentation.


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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Visit the Industrial Project Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!





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