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MSc Project Management

Developing the next generation of professional project managers.

About The Course

The Masters in Project Management has been designed specifically to meet the growing industry demand for a new generation of professional project managers with the knowledge, skills and experience to deliver immediate benefits across all sectors.

In addition to equipping you with key project management tools and techniques, this career-enhancing programme is designed to build your familiarity with management theory, and with the language and practice of management. There is a strong business focus, and we provide a thorough grounding in strategic thinking, commercial acumen, project leadership and managing organisational change.

The programme has a strong practical orientation, developing your leadership skills and management experience through a series of action-based projects solving real problems for exacting clients. Working in multi-cultural teams, the summer project provides an opportunity for you to enhance your CV whilst testing your newly acquired skills in a project management environment.

Key Facts


12-month course, starts in October

40

Average class size


Designed for recent graduates in any degree discipline aiming to build careers in project management and consulting

Course Content

The MSc in Project Management comprises seven taught modules and an applied project management research project. In the first term you build up your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the discipline; in the second and third terms you are increasingly exposed to the contexts and realities of practical project management, through interaction with professional project managers and through action-based projects.

During your first term from October to December, you will study the below modules:

  • Principles of Project Management

    This module presents the techniques and methods needed to effectively initiate, plan and manage a project through to successful completion. The approach is primarily practical and pragmatic, providing an integrated planning process that supports the production of a holistic and robust project plan. Examples from a broad range of industries are introduced throughout the module.

  • Applied Project Management

    This practical module provides opportunities to apply learned project management techniques and methods from other modules such as Principles of Project Management and Problem Solving in Teams. It builds upon previous learning through application to create project practitioners with effective skills to undertake real projects in real environments.

  • Problem Solving in Teams

    This module sets the baseline for establishing an effective team. Through a focus on problem solving, providing a purpose for team work, it allows students to investigate their own role in a team and how that aligns with effective team working. The module provides opportunities for self- and team-diagnosis using a range of applicable models that lead to insights and perspectives about the way people can work effectually together.

  • Developing a Professional Approach to Project Management through Reflexive Practice and Research

    This module provides a foundation for professionalism from a range of perspectives, including careers development, time management, academic practice as well as approaches to learning and research. The goal of the module is to provide a set of skills that support a student through the programme and into their future career as a professional project manager.

  • Leadership and Change in Project Environments

    A Project Manager needs to be able to lead people through a process of change. It is important to understand notions of leadership and how this can occur in project environments. Essentially, a project introduces some kind of change that needs to be accepted and understood by those who will receive the outcomes from a project. This module introduces important aspects of change and how this can affect project delivery.

The second part of the course runs from January to March, and includes the below modules:

  • Developing a Professional Approach to Project Management through Reflexive Practice and Research

    This module provides a foundation for professionalism from a range of perspectives, including careers development, time management, academic practice as well as approaches to learning and research. The goal of the module is to provide a set of skills that support a student through the programme and into their future career as a professional project manager.

  • Leadership and Change in Project Environments

    A Project Manager needs to be able to lead people through a process of change. It is important to understand notions of leadership and how this can occur in project environments. Essentially, a project introduces some kind of change that needs to be accepted and understood by those who will receive the outcomes from a project. This module introduces important aspects of change and how this can affect project delivery.

  • Business Planning and Strategy

    This module develops prior learning about working in projects into a broader appreciation of how projects exist within organisations and how they contribute to commercial value. The module content revolves around and contributes to the development of a Business Case that involves group work to develop a realistic case for a business problem. Students have the opportunity to investigate a specific aspect of how projects contribute to business value.

  • Advanced Project Management

    In this module we go beyond the scope of straightforward projects to look at Programmes and Portfolios of projects, some specific techniques such as PRINCE2 and Critical Chain and the nature of Complex projects. Additionally, this mofdule brings together ideas from other modules to show how project management methods can inform a complex situation from a real consultancy project.

  • Professional Project Management

    Using a similar approach to Applied Project Management, this module provides a broader experience of applying project management methods. It intends to further build upon learning to develop additional skills as part of an ongoing learning process. One outcome of this experience is a professional portfolio that can be used to support a CV.

From May to September you will work on a project or dissertation to put your theory into practice. You will submit it at the start of September, at the end of your Masters programme. 

  • Action Projects and Dissertation

    One of the options for the dissertation is to undertake a summer project in a real company that requires a real outcome. The challenge in this module is to create a project that will deliver that outcome, then to plan and manage that project to completion. The dissertation is a critical reflection on your learning about project management from that experience.

  • Desk Based Research Dissertation

    The second option for the MSc dissertation is to undertake some significant research about a project management topic.

  • Term 1

    The MSc in Project Management comprises seven taught modules and an applied project management research project. In the first term you build up your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the discipline; in the second and third terms you are increasingly exposed to the contexts and realities of practical project management, through interaction with professional project managers and through action-based projects.

    During your first term from October to December, you will study the below modules:

    • Principles of Project Management

      This module presents the techniques and methods needed to effectively initiate, plan and manage a project through to successful completion. The approach is primarily practical and pragmatic, providing an integrated planning process that supports the production of a holistic and robust project plan. Examples from a broad range of industries are introduced throughout the module.

    • Applied Project Management

      This practical module provides opportunities to apply learned project management techniques and methods from other modules such as Principles of Project Management and Problem Solving in Teams. It builds upon previous learning through application to create project practitioners with effective skills to undertake real projects in real environments.

    • Problem Solving in Teams

      This module sets the baseline for establishing an effective team. Through a focus on problem solving, providing a purpose for team work, it allows students to investigate their own role in a team and how that aligns with effective team working. The module provides opportunities for self- and team-diagnosis using a range of applicable models that lead to insights and perspectives about the way people can work effectually together.

    • Developing a Professional Approach to Project Management through Reflexive Practice and Research

      This module provides a foundation for professionalism from a range of perspectives, including careers development, time management, academic practice as well as approaches to learning and research. The goal of the module is to provide a set of skills that support a student through the programme and into their future career as a professional project manager.

    • Leadership and Change in Project Environments

      A Project Manager needs to be able to lead people through a process of change. It is important to understand notions of leadership and how this can occur in project environments. Essentially, a project introduces some kind of change that needs to be accepted and understood by those who will receive the outcomes from a project. This module introduces important aspects of change and how this can affect project delivery.

  • Term 2

    The second part of the course runs from January to March, and includes the below modules:

    • Developing a Professional Approach to Project Management through Reflexive Practice and Research

      This module provides a foundation for professionalism from a range of perspectives, including careers development, time management, academic practice as well as approaches to learning and research. The goal of the module is to provide a set of skills that support a student through the programme and into their future career as a professional project manager.

    • Leadership and Change in Project Environments

      A Project Manager needs to be able to lead people through a process of change. It is important to understand notions of leadership and how this can occur in project environments. Essentially, a project introduces some kind of change that needs to be accepted and understood by those who will receive the outcomes from a project. This module introduces important aspects of change and how this can affect project delivery.

    • Business Planning and Strategy

      This module develops prior learning about working in projects into a broader appreciation of how projects exist within organisations and how they contribute to commercial value. The module content revolves around and contributes to the development of a Business Case that involves group work to develop a realistic case for a business problem. Students have the opportunity to investigate a specific aspect of how projects contribute to business value.

    • Advanced Project Management

      In this module we go beyond the scope of straightforward projects to look at Programmes and Portfolios of projects, some specific techniques such as PRINCE2 and Critical Chain and the nature of Complex projects. Additionally, this mofdule brings together ideas from other modules to show how project management methods can inform a complex situation from a real consultancy project.

    • Professional Project Management

      Using a similar approach to Applied Project Management, this module provides a broader experience of applying project management methods. It intends to further build upon learning to develop additional skills as part of an ongoing learning process. One outcome of this experience is a professional portfolio that can be used to support a CV.

  • Term 3

    From May to September you will work on a project or dissertation to put your theory into practice. You will submit it at the start of September, at the end of your Masters programme. 

    • Action Projects and Dissertation

      One of the options for the dissertation is to undertake a summer project in a real company that requires a real outcome. The challenge in this module is to create a project that will deliver that outcome, then to plan and manage that project to completion. The dissertation is a critical reflection on your learning about project management from that experience.

    • Desk Based Research Dissertation

      The second option for the MSc dissertation is to undertake some significant research about a project management topic.

Scholarships

Our programme-specific scholarship for 2019 entry include the Academic Excellence, UK-EU and International scholarships aimed at high-achieving students, and the Nom Habu Scholarship in honour of a former staff member and student. We'll automatically consider you for these scholarships when you apply and if you are shortlisted we'll be in touch with the next steps. We also offer other scholarships - visit our Apply for Masters page to find out more.

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Careers

The Department of Management Science provides an extensive careers service and postgraduate students may expect to be eagerly sought after by employers. More than 40 major employers normally contact the Department each year to recruit. Many former students now hold senior positions in their organisation – as management scientists or as managers.

The Department has strong links with companies and organisations, many of which employ our alumni. Companies visit the department to make presentations and interview students as part of their selection process. In other instances, opportunities are advertised via the noticeboards and electronically on the student VLE. You are also asked to contact company recruitment offices directly.

Management Science, Operational Research, Logistics, Supply Chain and Market Analysis are seen by leading companies as the start of a fast track to promotion for high flyers with a numerate or scientific background. Experience has shown that if you have a postgraduate qualification, you will not only obtain a better starting job but will also receive more rapid promotion.

Organisations in which students have been offered jobs in the last three years or so include:

Consultants

Accenture, Calanais Energy, Cap GeminiHartley McMasterKMPGIndiciaOEE Consulting LtdPA ConsultingQinetiQ.

Financial services

SantanderBarclaycardHalifax plcHSBCLloyds TSBNatWest ConsultancyPricewaterhouseCoopersRoyal Bank of ScotlandWoolwich.

Transport and communications

AEA Technology - RailBritish AirwaysBT, Digital, London UndergroundNational Air Traffic ServicesT-MobileRoyal Mail, Post Office Consulting.

Retailing and distribution

Allied Domecq plc, Great Universal Stores, LittlewoodsJ SainsburyTescoUnipart.

Manufacturing and energy

Corus, Coats Viyella, GlaxoSmithKlineNestle, Procter & Gamble, Scottish Courage.

Not-for-profit

CIS Consultancy - Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Defence - DSTLHome Office, North Essex Health Consortium, Oxfam.

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