Programme content

The MSc in Project Management comprises 9 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.

Assessment for the individual modules varies according to the nature of the material covered. For further details, follow the links below to the individual module descriptions.

‌Term 1: October to December
Fundamentals and Foundations

Induction Week sets the scene for the programme as a whole. Through groupwork exercises and other activities you get to know your fellow students, meet the teaching staff and learn more about the School and its facilities. 

Principles of Project Management provides an introduction to the nature and purpose of project management, to relevant academic theory and to key project management processes, tools and techniques used by practitioners, including MS Project software.

Project Leadership provides a theoretical and practical understanding of some key concepts and issues in project leadership and organisational behaviour and in particular their implications for project managers seeking to lead their project teams.

Delivering projects: Strategy, Implementation & Change provides the frameworks, aptitude and desire to think strategically and to place projects within a strategic context.

Introduction to Business Analytics provides an introduction to commonly used statistical and quantitative methods. These include elementary algebra, probability and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and modelling techniques. The aim of the module is to equip you with the basic methods necessary for business analysis.

Term 2: January to March
Contexts and Realities

Commercial Aspects of Project Management positions the practice of project management within an organisational context  generating valuable insights into the relationship between project and business success.  

Advanced Project & Programme Management broadens and deepens understanding of project management tools and techniques whilst challenging their validity through critical engagement. 

Managing Complexity provides conceptual tools and frameworks for thinking about the complexity of organisations with a special emphasis on the role of information and information systems.

Term 3: April-September
Theory into Practice

Applied Project Management Research Project the culmination of the year's exploration of the discipline of project management, the dissertation seeks to integrate the various streams of taught knowledge, action learning and reflective practice into a structured piece of academic research and writing. 

Underpinning strands

Spanning the first two terms these modules provide robust underpinning for critical engagement with the subject matter and the application of learning in practice.

Developing Project Management Professional Practice provides a dedicated space for the exploration of projects in action. This experiential module sets a practical business challenge as the context for the application of learning from all other modules.

Reflection & Research in Project Management Practice (PJTM 536) provides a foundation in reflective practice and rigorous research methods that will support achievement in individual modules.