Why choose Lancaster's MSc Project Management?
Sasha-Kay Roberts talks about her time studying for her Masters at LUMS.
70th for Business and Management in the world
QS World University Rankings (2022)
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2022)
Lancaster University is among the best in the UK - appearing in the Top 20 of all major national league tables.
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.
As one of a small group of international students, our tutors get to know you as individuals through group work and contact time. All our tutors have varied industry experience, which influences the programme’s direction and demonstrates the transferability of project management skills between industries and sectors. You will also benefit from our connections with professional bodies including the Association of Project Management, which ensures the relevance and quality of the programme.
In your first term, you will explore the principles of project management. You will apply tools and techniques through a simulation and get a better understanding of developing relationships with stakeholders. The second term builds on this knowledge and will give you the opportunity to apply your skills in a real project.
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 such as 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.
Alongside the eight compulsory modules, you will also need to complete one of the two optional dissertation modules as shown in the Course Summary below.
You can choose a desk-based dissertation or consultancy project with small and medium-sized enterprises. Past projects have ranged from construction to the MOBO Awards, and from process-based to technology-based.
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 throughout the year.
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
As part of your application please provide details of any relevant work experience.
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
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You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
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 module brings together ideas from other modules to show how project management methods can inform a complex situation from a real consultancy project.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
The aim of this module is to provide students with a valuable opportunity to research an area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in-depth, linking this to business problems that arise in the real world. This module provides the opportunity to develop into a competent and capable research investigator able to design, develop and implement a research methodology appropriate to the research being undertaken. Throughout the project, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of professional academic engagement both in their interactions with the supervisor and in the reporting of their outputs and discourse on their research.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.
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Sasha-Kay Roberts talks about her time studying for her Masters at LUMS.
Lancaster is ranked 85th worldwide for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022.THE World University Rankings by subject
Lancaster is ranked #9 in the UK and #70 in the world for Business and Management according to the QS World Rankings by Subject 2022, one of nine subjects at Lancaster to be featured in the top 100 in these prestigious listings.QS Rankings 2022
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