Open to graduates holding degrees in any subject, this course assumes no prior knowledge of project management. The course also includes two units accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).
Project management skills are in demand in almost every sector and increasingly they are an essential requirement for many different job roles. The programme is suitable for professionals and graduates who are looking to develop their project management skills as well as project management specialists who want a recognised qualification that supports the experience they have gained in employment.
This exceptionally practical course addresses the key factors that underpin the successful delivery of projects. Your studies will cover how to manage the technical, cultural, political and financial aspects of a project and the tools and techniques available to you. People are a crucial part of any project’s success and you will consider how to adeptly manage challenges such as power disputes between colleagues, skills development issues and maintaining motivational levels for long-term projects.
Through case studies and scenario-based exercises, you also look at how professionals in different sectors manage multiple projects and multi-task across teams. The programme incorporates a virtual, computer-based experience for project management learning and an innovative syllabus on the challenging issue of sustainability in project management.
The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more. • Two units on this course carry accreditation by the Association for Project Management • There will be extensive use of the University's virtual learning environment (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.
Live business project
Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.
Behind-the-scenes business visits
As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:
• Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations • Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker • BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works. • Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.
Professional development weeks
The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.
The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.
Expert guest lectures
A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Association for Project Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.
ou should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), in any subject. We also consider applications from candidates who have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90.
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Recipient: Manchester Metropolitan University
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