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MSc Project Management

Developing the next generation of professional project managers.

About The Course

Projects play a key role in many organisations, either because they are organised around projects or because they introduce change through projects. This programme will enable you to use project management tools and techniques, engage stakeholders, obtain systemic insights into projects and provides the opportunity to gain practical experience of managing projects in any industry.

We will teach you how to investigate the new and how to navigate it. We will look at managing people from a psychological and sociological perspective, alternative management approaches like agile and provide you with systemic insights into the management of projects. We carefully balance academic perspective, experiential learning and practical application to advance your knowledge in the most effective way.

Throughout the course you will work in a dynamic and international environment that will enable you to develop into a workplace-ready and reflective graduate. Our careers advisers will support you in creating a career plan and give you access to various career events per year.

 

 

Key Facts

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:

  • Project Management Tools, Techniques and Theories

    This module presents the tools and techniques 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. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Explain and critically evaluate the purpose, importance & relevance of project management and its role in delivering successful projects
    • Explain and critically evaluate the core knowledge of project management processes and methods within practical applications
    • Explain and critically evaluate how the use of processes and methods links with the development of positive attitudes and behaviours appropriate to successful project completion

  • Project Simulation

    This module provides you with the opportunity to obtain practical experience of project management practices and to understand the interrelationships between decisions, teams and objectives through a simulated project. The practical experience will be supported by in-depth investigation of relevant tools, techniques and theories. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Evaluate and employ project management tools, techniques and theories, as appropriate to the project lifecycle
    • Apply interpersonal and communication skills to successfully lead, manage and/or participate in a team
    • Explain how information is identified, developed and utilised during decision making throughout the project lifecycle
    • Examine and apply methods for stakeholder management, engagement and communication during the project
    • Demonstrate professional project management behaviours and skills

  • Systems and Change

    This module encourages holistic thinking approaches and provides you with a portfolio of techniques for a systemic insight into projects. It builds your ability to solve complex problems by identifying, formulating and structuring business problems and enables you to recognise the need for and initiate a systemic process of change. This then leads to practical aspects of managing change in projects. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Apply a systems perspective to projects within organisations
    • Appreciate the nature of change on and in organisational life
    • Integrate a change management perspective into the deployment of projects
    • Apply a variety of methods and concepts to frame complex problem situations as systems
    • Understand and analyse the perspective and inputs of multiple stakeholders
    • Describe and explain theories, frameworks, concepts and models that help to inform, analyse and explain change processes
    • Appreciate the skills of a successful change agent in building and maintaining stakeholder engagement

  • Reasoning, Research and Reflection

    This module provides you with the skills to work professionally, think creatively and reflect critically, practice responsibly and to conduct a research project. It enables you to be workplace-ready but at the same time have the foundation to progress your studies to doctoral level, if you so wish. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Critically engage with other people’s work, sources of information, digital information systems and problems in practice
    • Formulate valid and reliable research questions, hypotheses or conclusions through critical analysis and interpretation of information
    • Appreciate the connection between research philosophy, approach and design as well as data collection and analysis techniques
    • Develop a research design that is suitable and justifiable to address a particular research question, considering the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods
    • Demonstrate the adoption of ethical standards in research and /or professional environments including the appraisal of ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business environment
    • Evaluate and develop responsible practice in terms of economic, legal, ethical, social, environmental and philanthropic aspects for self-regulation in a business environment
    • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key theories of critical reflection and development towards becoming a reflective practitioner

  • People, Organisation and Leadership

    This module provides you with a theoretical and practical understanding of relevant concepts relating to organisational behaviour and leadership in the contexts of projects, supply chains and (temporary multi) organisations. This incorporates an understanding of self-awareness, teams within and between organisations, leader- and followership, as well as the leadership of change. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Interpret their own self-awareness as well as their own self-management
    • Demonstrate social awareness including empathy and relationship management, including team membership
    • Examine development, composition and performance of teams and in particular of cross-functional teams
    • Explain the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of alternative formal organisational structures
    • Appraise organisational structural contexts to lead, work and communicate within and between organisations in a physical and virtual environment
    • Evaluate and apply team leadership in terms of leading with and without authority in different organisational structural contexts
    • Appraise and lead change in organisations

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

  • Business, Benefits and Strategy

    The module provides you with an understanding of the relationship between projects and the business. It offers insight into the strategic, business, commercial and financial issues within projects and their relationship to project and organisational performance. You will gain an understanding of how projects are used to underpin and support the organisation and enable the achievement of its mission and strategy. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Contextualize project management issues within broader business and strategic situations.
    • Identify and recognise how business and commercial performance affect and are affected by the development of projects and how project management activities and processes interface with business issues.
    • Apply and utilise appropriate strategic frameworks, undertake strategic analysis and construct an appropriate response to inform the development of business and project planning and to determine a suitable management approach.
    • Identify, construct and explain the content of a business plan or business case and how such documents contribute to organizational strategy and the purpose and development of a project.
    • Explain the procurement and supplier management processes and recognise how they relate to project management, organizational strategy and the development of a project.

  • Advances in 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.

  • Intercultural Consultancy Project

    This module is to provide you with the opportunity to obtain practical experience of project management consultancy and the management of intercultural teams, stakeholders and clients/sponsors. The practical experience will be supported by in-depth investigation of relevant tools, techniques and theories as well as latest research in project management. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Employ consultancy skills including team work, communication, creativity and innovation, problem solving, flexibility, commercial awareness, understanding of business environments and the ability to cope with pressure and challenges,
    • Evaluate and employ advanced project management tools, techniques and theories, as appropriate to the project lifecycle
    • Apply interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills to successfully lead, manage and/or participate in a physical and virtual team
    • Examine and apply methods for stakeholder management, engagement and communication during the project
    • Assess and demonstrate professional project management and consultancy behaviours and skills
    • Appraise the intercultural aspects of projects in either different cultural international settings

  • Reasoning, Research and Reflection

    This module provides you with the skills to work professionally, think creatively and reflect critically, practice responsibly and to conduct a research project. It enables you to be workplace-ready but at the same time have the foundation to progress your studies to doctoral level, if you so wish. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Critically engage with other people’s work, sources of information, digital information systems and problems in practice
    • Formulate valid and reliable research questions, hypotheses or conclusions through critical analysis and interpretation of information
    • Appreciate the connection between research philosophy, approach and design as well as data collection and analysis techniques
    • Develop a research design that is suitable and justifiable to address a particular research question, considering the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods
    • Demonstrate the adoption of ethical standards in research and /or professional environments including the appraisal of ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business environment
    • Evaluate and develop responsible practice in terms of economic, legal, ethical, social, environmental and philanthropic aspects for self-regulation in a business environment
    • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key theories of critical reflection and development towards becoming a reflective practitioner

  • People, Organisation and Leadership

    This module provides you with a theoretical and practical understanding of relevant concepts relating to organisational behaviour and leadership in the contexts of projects, supply chains and (temporary multi) organisations. This incorporates an understanding of self-awareness, teams within and between organisations, leader- and followership, as well as the leadership of change. After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Interpret their own self-awareness as well as their own self-management
    • Demonstrate social awareness including empathy and relationship management, including team membership
    • Examine development, composition and performance of teams and in particular of cross-functional teams
    • Explain the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of alternative formal organisational structures
    • Appraise organisational structural contexts to lead, work and communicate within and between organisations in a physical and virtual environment
    • Evaluate and apply team leadership in terms of leading with and without authority in different organisational structural contexts
    • Appraise and lead change in organisations

From May to September you will work on a project or dissertation. You have two options: 1) an action project where you put your theory into practice or 2) a research project where you explore a phenomenon in depth. You will submit it at the start of September, at the end of your Masters programme. 

 

  • Dissertation (Action Project)

    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. The project is usually undertaken as group work of two to three students whereas the dissertation is an individual work.

  • Dissertation (Research Project)

    The other option for the dissertation is to undertaken a research project. This module gives you the opportunity to develop into competent and capable research investigators able to design, develop and implement a research methodology appropriate to the research being undertaken. It will provide you with the opportunity to deliver a robust, rigorous and purposeful research project that draws upon and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of project management. The module, as part of the wider programme, aims to support the development of a generation of reflective practitioners.

Scholarships

Our programme-specific scholarships for 2020 entry are aimed at high-achieving students with a strong academic or personal profile. 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, so it's best to apply as soon as possible.

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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. Major employers 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. Project Management skills are also highly sought after by companies due to a need for improved project success rates and more global and complex project organisations. There is a continually growing market for the project profession which covers many roles from support to strategic leadership. 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.

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