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MSc IT Project Management

Course Description

The School of Engineering and Applied Science and Aston Business School are building on their long track
record of running postgraduate programmes in the engineering and business disciplines with the exciting
MSc in IT Project Management. The programme is designed for students with a prior degree in computer
science and/or experience in software engineering who wish to develop their career further into project
management. The graduates of this programme will be well prepared for the challenges of their industrial
career as software project managers.

The 10th annual CHAOS report (2004) from the Standish Group researching the reasons for IT project
failure in the United States indicated that project success rates had increased to 34% of all projects (an
increase of 100% since 1994) while failure rates had declined from 31% to 15%. Clearly, there is plenty of
scope for improving these figures. Software project failure can be devastating for an organisation: it can
lead to death and injury in safety critical systems, or the financial collapse of an organisation. Project
management skills are increasingly being recognised as crucial for the success of IT projects: even in
projects where the cause of failure is a technical issue, better project management and development
processes would have identified the problems before the system entered service.

The academic staff involved in this MSc programme are recognised internationally for excellence in
research and also have strong links with industry. Computer Science has EPSRC industrial CASE
studentships in a wide range of application domains, such as reliability assessment, health informatics, and
computer aided design. Aston Business School in partnership with Warwick Business School and
Birmingham University are working on an innovative Engaging Research for Business Transformation
(EREBUS) project with the overall aim to help public and private sector organisations compete effectively in
an ever-changing global market place.

This MSc is designed to equip its graduates with both generic project management and specific software
project management skills, which will allow them to embark on a career managing successful software

Applicants will also need to demonstrate English language ability (e.g. IELTS 7.0, TOEFL score of 620 or equivalent).

Entry Requirements

A good class honours degree from a UK academic organisation in Computer Science or a related discipline.

Course Fees

UK/EU students - £4,490 (2010 fee), International students - £13,250 (2010 fee)

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