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Project Management (MSc)

Course Description

This Masters in project management was the first of its kind in Wales to be officially accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and covers specific project management tools and techniques as well as the softer skills associated with project, programme and portfolio management. This masters course develops change management skills and leadership capability relevant to project professionals, and includes knowledge, competency frameworks and well known process-based methodologies such as Prince 2TM. Students on this project management programme will work on real-life projects to enhance their skills in their current roles, or to gain practical project experience.

The project management course develops a deeper understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of project, programme and portfolio management, and facilitates the essential skills and competences necessary to plan, monitor, control and deliver successful projects. It course focuses on developing skills for careers in project management including both theory and applied aspects, and is mapped against key professional body competencies. The knowledge, understanding and skills can be applied to a range of environments that bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to realise benefits or achieve objectives, operating within the multiple project constraints of cost, scope, time and quality requirements.

Students on this project management masters programme will also become familiar with leading edge thinking and emerging research in the field of project management to benefit their continued professional development.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1260-msc-project-management

What you will study

The course structure for the MSc Project Management consists of a number of core modules in addition to a dissertation or business research project.

Core Modules:
- Managing Projects and Programmes (20 credits)
- Strategic Analysis, Tools and Techniques (20 credits)
- Leadership and Management Theories (20 credits)
- Accounting and Financial Control (20 credits)
- Legislative and Professional Issues (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)

- Dissertation (60 credits) - The dissertation or business research project will involve extensive independent research into a relevant topic within project, programme and portfolio management, allowing you to apply and reflect on your skills and knowledge in the subject area.

APMP Project Management Qualification (Level 7)

Students on the MSc Project Management have the option to compliment their studies by undertaking the five day Level 7 APMP Project Management Qualification at the University for a reduced fee.

Learning and Assessment methods

Students will attend a combination of taught lectures and tutorials. A mix of assessment methods are used, including individual essays and reports, group projects and reports, presentations, seminars and an individual dissertation or project.

MSc Project Management (Exemption route)

If you can demonstrate extensive practitioner experience in managing and delivering projects coupled with the APMP level 7 qualification, you may be able to study the exemption route for this course.

Eligible students will be required to complete the Managing Projects and Programmes and Research Methods modules, plus a dissertation or business research project in order to gain the full Masters qualification.

Employment Prospects

Graduates from this course may:
- Develop a career in a project management based role or environment
- Already work in such an environment but seek to formally recognise their work
- Have the knowledge base, organisational and analytical skills to pursue a career as a project or programme manager, portfolio manager, working in a project management office (PMO), or as oroject administrator or project worker
- Have developed applied research skills in order to pursue advanced research study and further professional qualifications

Visit the Project Management (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised or accredited university with a minimum 2:2 or equivalent. Relevant project management related work experience will also be considered.

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