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Project Management (Chalmers Dual Award) (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

Project Management is the application of appropriate management strategies in order to effectively coordinate the realisation of complex and dynamic projects. The applied skills and competencies of a project manager are necessary for the successful completion of large and complex projects, particularly within the ever-changing marketplace.

This postgraduate programme is aimed at those seeking to acquire the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions. These skills include knowledge and understanding of communication, organisation and marketing concepts: both at a strategic level and in people / project team management within an international context. The discipline and practice of project management therefore provides exciting challenges and fresh opportunities for management practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds.

This programme provides the opportunity to study in two European Union member states with students from all over the world, thereby enjoying a distinctly international flavour. The programme comprises three taught semesters and a fourth semester for the dissertation (2 academic years of full-time study). The first two semesters are spent at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and starts in August / September. The third semester is spent at Northumbria. The fourth semester is dedicated to your dissertation, which can be completed either in the UK or in Sweden. The total length of the programme is two academic years. The whole programme is taught in English.

On completion, the successful graduate will receive the Masters International Project Management award from Chalmers University of Technology and the MSc Project Management award from Northumbria University. The completion of a study programme that itself crosses borders has proved to be a perfect prerequisite for international project management careers.

The Project Management Dissertation module, which can be studied at either Northumbria University or Chalmers University of Technology, builds upon the concepts and theories presented during the Applied Research Methods module. The module requires students to further develop, consolidate and apply research skills that are expected from a postgraduate student when investigating a relevant issue. Students are required to undertake a piece of analytical, reflective academic research that results in the production of an original 20,000-word Masters dissertation relevant to the core philosophy of the dual award programme.

The assessment of the learning outcomes of individual modules reflects the varying subject-related needs of those modules, and focuses upon the relationship between theory and professional practice. The dual award programme consists of 180 Level 7 (or equivalent) credit points of taught modules and 60 Level 7 credit points from the Project Management Dissertation module. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, assignments, time-constrained assignments and presentations.

This is an ideal international postgraduate programme for graduates who want to progress within project-based industries. It is ideally suited to relatively new graduates with restricted work experience and also highly experienced practitioners. The programme may be followed to enhance existing career opportunities within many industrial sectors; as preparation for transfer from one industrial sector to another; or as preparation for further postgraduate study, i.e. Ph.D. Demand for managers who can demonstrate the skills to effectively management projects, particularly international projects which cross borders, continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Indeed, opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career are significant.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/project-management-chalmers-dual-award-msc-ft-dtfpmc6/

Admissions procedures normally include an interview for home students. As the Programme is dual award in nature, applicants are required to apply to both institutions.Full details of the Chalmers University of Technology Masters programme and admissions procedure are outlined at: http://www.chalmers.se/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/International-Project-Management.aspx


As a student at Northumbria you will benefit from extensive open access facilities which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time. Computing, group working and library facilities are supplemented by specialist postgraduate working spaces to ensure you can always find what you need to complete your studies.


The department of Mathematics and Information Sciences has produced excellent research in Mathematics and Statistics with 62% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA10). We also have excellent impact in Information Sciences with 90% of our research impact judged to show very considerable reach and significance (REF2014, UoA36B).

Who would this Course suit?

This postgraduate programme is aimed at those seeking to acquire the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions.

Visit the Project Management (Chalmers Dual Award) (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The programme is demanding and is designed to stretch the intellectual, communication and personal capabilities of those who are selected and also to build upon their professional practice experience.Normally, applicants will be required to have at least a 2.2 classification undergraduate degree or an equivalent professional qualification with professional practice experience in a subject area agreed as appropriate by the Programme Leader. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant professional practice experience will be considered on merit by the Admissions Tutor, but should demonstrate at least 5 years’ full-time experience in a relevant industrial context at a professional level.

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