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Project Management (MSc)

Course Description

Industries, firms, organisations and governments internationally demand exceptional candidates who have the knowledge base and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully. In recent years, both small and large businesses have become project-based, and as technological developments are matched with new products and processes across all major industries, the markets these organisations work in become ever more competitive and complex.

This course is designed to offer you high quality academic education and practical tools and skills to meet this challenge. It is taught by leading academic staff together with practitioners and industry experts. The course is suitable for graduates from a range of backgrounds interested in a career which will involve managing projects, from fashion and film professionals to those in the charity sector and from scientists to government employees. It will equip you with the interdisciplinary project management skills which your future career path could depend on.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/cps/coursefinder/mscprojectmanagementgeneralpathway.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This course provides tools to manage sophisticated large, complex and multi-disciplinary projects and supply-chains, often across companies, regions and time-zones.

- The course will provide you with the understanding and tools to participate in, finance and manage large international Mega Projects.

- You will also be exposed to smaller, less complex projects across all sectors, including in the services and distribution sector , software , fashion and textiles , and media.

- A strong emphasis is placed on the scientific and technological revolutions underway and the process of technological convergence underway which have had a major impact on both the older established engineering industries and the younger electronics, wireless , computer , media and creative industries and internet-based start-ups.

- You will learn from highly experienced practitioners, and the course will include input from CEOs and senior executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies ( eg PwC, AD Little Inc ) . These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course.

- Uniquely, the course integrates Technology Strategy with Business Strategy of project-based organisations

Department research and industry highlights

Graduates can successfully enter and process into a wide range of professions and several industries, make substantial contributions to multidisciplinary project teams and the financing, execution and delivery of projects thereby progressing higher up in the organisation and into senior management positions of the firm or change career paths. The MSc Project Management programme is designed to prepare students for successful careers across several project-based institutions and businesses in, amongst others:

- Consumer Electronics
- Software, Wireless and Internet based ventures
- Information Technology
- Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
- Agriculture and Food Industry and Distribution
- Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Industries
- Finance and International Banking
- International Project Finance
- Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Aerospace
- Construction, Mining and Mineral Processing
- Automotive
- Government Departments
- International Organisations such as NGOs, aid agencies, UN, EU, APEC
- Consultancy
- Film Production
- TV Production
- Music industry
- Social Media

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- Invaluable and indispensable tools, techniques and practical knowledge to effectively manage and execute projects across a range of industries.

- In depth understanding of the complexities and risks involved in implementing and making operational large international Mega projects such as the London Olympics , Terminal 5 and oil and gas.

- The ability to make a powerful contribution to strategic management and decision-making, planning, coordinating, implementing and controlling output and deliverables in terms of performance , time and cost in a vast array of organisations in both small or large complex projects across national boundaries.

- In depth knowledge on the sources and types of finance necessary for the management of both large complex engineering and construction projects as well as smaller projects in the creative and entrepreneurial or high tech sectors.

- In depth understanding of the importance of effective and continuous management of operations , quality control, risk management in supply chains and the rising importance of climate change and sustainability issues.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Graduates of Project Management courses are highly employable and pursue careers across a range of industries. Roles in Project Management can vary and are not limited to professionals who oversee the completion of a project. Typical roles can include those who take ownership for a specific aspect of a project, ensuring that it is delivered to all stakeholders’ satisfaction, individuals who provide detailed knowledge on a specific project discipline and those who provide professional support services to a range of projects.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

Visit the Project Management (MSc) page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. Candidates with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) may be considered if they possess relevant industrial experience. IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores

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