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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Project Management

Course Description


Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

The programme has been running successfully since 1993 with distance learning being introduced in 1997. Each year the programme grows in reputation as graduates apply their learning to their work environments.

Places on the campus based course are limited, and anyone wishing to enrol on the campus based course should apply as soon as possible. Distance learning places are not limited, and students applying too late for the campus course will be offered a place on the distance learning programme.

The programme can boast of graduates and students in almost every part of the world, from Jamaica in the west to New Zealand in the east and from Alaska in the north to Australia in the south. The degree is designed to engage across industry borders, teaching and exploring project management skills and issues equally applicable to our students who come themselves from a wide range of industry background (including education, I.T., banking, oil, rail, local government and atomic energy). Our students and graduates recognise that this is one of the great strengths of the programme with many of them experiencing it first hand as they move between industries as their careers progress.

The University is a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management. Applicants holding APM qualifications may be eligible for exemption from some elements of the programme. Advice on possible exemptions will given during the application process.

The Master of Science degree in Project Management has been designed to meet the requirements of practicing professionals and is taught in a flexible manner. It is offered on a part time basis, teaching being at weekends or by distance learning through the University's online virtual learning environment.

The courses are completely modular in structure and have been carefully developed to articulate to each other to provide a variety of levels of provision, suiting the needs of the participants. Each module can be taken as a standalone credit bearing unit for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development. A choice of exit levels is provided to suit the needs of the participants thus leading to the award of a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification. Each level is a necessary requirement for entry to the next one. Each of the levels can be taken over a minimum period of one year of part time study although they can be taken over a longer period if it is more convenient. The minimum time to complete the whole programme is three years.

Flexibility and a firm grounding in current practice are the principal features of the MSc in Project Management, which is taught by and visiting lecturers who are practicing professionals.

Programme Structure
Both the campus-taught and distance learning streams follow the same timetable and content. Two modules are taught in each of the University of Aberdeen's semesters, which start in September and February. Online material is released following the completion of the campus teaching weekend.

The flexible nature of the programme allows you to study towards one of three levels of qualifications:

1. Certificate (PgCert)
2. Diploma (PgDip)
3. Master of Science (MSc)

Each level acts as a pre-requisite for the next and takes one year to complete (i.e. Certificate = 1 year of study, Diploma = 2 years of study, MSc = 3 years of study). Students who reach the end of a year of study have the option of graduating with the qualification reached or continuing into the next year of study to enhance their qualification to the next level.


The following courses are studied:

• Project Management Essentials 1
• Organisations and People
• Project Planning and Control
• Budgets and Financial Control
• Project Management Essentials 2
• Commercial and Contractual Issues
• Quality Systems and Risk Management
• Group Project
• Managing Project Teams
• Programme & Portfolio Management
• Individual Project (Dissertation)

The modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The distance learning coursework is submitted to the course tutor through the web-site and marks and comments will be sent back, also via the web, on campus submission is either by email or in person at teaching sessions. Each module has a timetable which details when the coursework is due and when the exam is scheduled to take place. Distance learning students will need to arrange a suitable examination venue at a convenient Higher Education Institution or British Council Office. Campus based students and distance learning students near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.

Examinations are generally taken in pairs and are held on a morning and afternoon towards the end of January and the end of May. The programme office tries to select a date that ensures maximum accessibility for examination venues across the world. Students sit the examination within their own timezone (e.g. 9am local time).


Weekend Learning
Students wishing to study towards their qualification on campus can do so by attending classes approximately once a month. Classes are run on a Saturday and Sunday meaning students who complete the required two modules per term will need to attend for both days. Study visas are not granted for part-time study. Therefore, international students can only be offered places on the distance learning stream.

Distance Learning
The distance learning version of the course is delivered entirely using the world-wide web. There is no requirement to attend the University of Aberdeen. On registration, students will be issued with a user id and password to gain access to the site.

More Information
More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=proj_man

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Project Management page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at those actively engaged in Project Management, and so relevant experience is a pre-requisite. Applicants are expected to hold a degree in an appropriate subject; however alternative qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of significant and relevant experience, may also be considered. Applicants with no formal higher educational qualifications should not be deterred from applying for this course, but should contact the Graduate School to discuss their suitability. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements (View Website). This programme requires the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of proficiency.

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