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Strategic Project Management (MSc)

Course Description

Strategic project management has the potential to add significant value to an organisation. If you have been working on projects, or if you are a graduate of BSc (Hons) Project Management and wish to take your studies to the next level, this course can help you move forward.

We offer a research-led course that focuses on the latest issues in strategic and project management - these include problem solving, managing others, research, project strategies, performance monitoring and innovation. You will be encouraged to apply your own workplace dilemmas as research topics.

Our course is accredited by the Association for Project Management and our close links with the APM, and other project-related organisations will feed into your teaching.

You will have the opportunity to publish papers in local and international conferences hosted by masters students. We will also give you the chance to join annual visits to Weurzburg and Toulouse to interact with fellow MSc students and project focussed companies in Europe.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/strategicprojectmgt_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You will be able to enter a career in all sectors - whether public, private or entrepreneurial - in which project work approaches are being used. If you're a director, strategist, or simply looking to use strategic project management skills, our course will enable you to make a difference to the organisation you are in. Recent graduates of our course have started their own businesses and won new commercial markets for their company.

- Project Manager
- Management Consultant
- Human Resource Specialist
- Management Analyst

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Extensive links with industry have been created through the course's activities. The course runs popular conferences led by students work, and an international project management conference in association with Wuerzburg Fachhochschule University and the Association for Project Management's 'Inspire' project.

The Centre for Project Management has a UK wide presence, attracting students of project management from across the country. You will have the opportunity to publish papers in local and international conferences hosted by masters students. A research-led approach means that in addition to research developed by staff and students on the course, each individual will have many opportunities to investigate areas of particular interest and relevance.

If you feel that full-time study may be difficult given your other commitments, we offer two options to study part-time that continue to prove extremely popular with professionals from up and down the country. You can study 12 Sundays a year for two years as part of our full day workshops or, alternatively, you can study on weekday evenings on a more regular basis.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship (20 Credits)
Project management might be said to be problem solving. Innovation then becomes the problem solving tool of the project manager. Seen as a key value adding tool, this topic is examined in detail. Parallels are drawn between the entrepreneur and the Project Manager's role.

Programme Management (20 Credits)
Managing several projects in a coordinated way to successfully implement a strategy is typically referred to as 'Programme Management'. Many project managers will have more than one project to deliver. Understanding the advantageous of coordination, performance monitoring and benefits management will enhance all your projects and equip you to oversee and enhance the delivery of a group of them.

Project Strategy (20 Credits)
To understand, translate, and evaluate the strategic environment and understand its impact on project and programme delivery.

Strategy, Economics & Finance (20 Credits)
You will examine and analyse the strategy process and the nature of strategy. You will also consider the application and failure of strategy in organisations, and the role of programme and project management in this.Research Methods (20 Credits)Dissertation (40 Credits)

Research Methods & Research Project
An opportunity to engage in research or advanced scholarship in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and is of particular interest to you.

Contemporary Issues & Project Futures
An opportunity to look at the latest issues in the development and delivery of projects, while also building your ability to predict what may occur in the future.

Leadership & Team Development
Understand the theory and science of human behaviour to enable you to better facilitate optimum and rational decision making in strategy and projects.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Strategic Project Management (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Martin Rowe

Within just six months of studying, I'm already seeing the benefits in my working life. The course has a real research focus and I can apply the learning to my industry.

Martin Rowe
Preventive Maintenance Manager, AMRC


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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