Aims and philosophy

The approach to project management education at LUMS is influenced by our practical experience of projects as well as by our conceptual appreciation of the underpinning theory. The programme therefore gives students a thorough grounding in relevant theory but has a strong practical focus, informed by our extensive links with industry and our awareness of emerging trends.

Action learning to boost skills and confidence

Through the individual and group work assignments on the programme, you will acquire or enhance many different transferable skills that are essential to project-based organisations of all kinds. For example, you will learn to:

  • identify appropriate projects and define their content and success criteria
  • produce a robust project plan that covers the imperatives of finance, duration, quality and risk
  • monitor and control the delivery of the project (including implementation and close-out)
  • define and solve complex problems
  • demonstrate your competence in using a range of IT applications, including project management software
  • interrogate an organisation’s balance sheet and produce financial reports
  • work effectively both as an individual and in a team
  • write succinct reports

Developing critically reflective practitioners

We aim to develop you into a reflective project manager, capable of dealing with ambiguity and complexity and able to reflect critically on practice at a personal level and an organisational level.

Throughout the programme we will therefore challenge you to question underlying assumptions – to explore root causes of issues, rather than merely to assess and deal with the symptoms.