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Course content

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


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.


-Leading Projects
-Managing Projects
-Project Enquiry

Visit the Project Management Practice - MSc page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!





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