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MSc Project Management

Course Overview

This Project Management MSc programme is designed to equip tomorrow’s managers with the necessary skills for managing and contributing to successful projects, and tackling complex problems. The course is directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs and aims. This means it equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a capable manager who can administer major projects within and across organisations, utilising the latest tools and technologies.

You’ll be able to tackle complex problems while understanding how to manage and guide the company and you will explore project lifecycle from start-up to effective implementation. You will examine commercial and contractual issues, consider financial and risk management and develop your skills so that you can manage across the extended enterprise.

The Master\'s project will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and to investigate a research topic.

You’ll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as electronics and manufacturing systems, as well lean and agile operations in manufacturing.

As part of the programme you will receive the industry recognised project management certification, Prince 2 included in the course fee.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Project Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based

    Duration

    13 or 17 months

    Tuition fees

    £12,000

    Intakes

    September & January

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Birmingham

Academic entry requirements

Candidates should hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study of a range of research MPhil, PhD programmes. or professional career.

Career opportunities

This programme will offer a route towards membership from APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute).

You will be an in-demand graduate because you will be equipped with project management capabilities that are valued by a wide range of organisations and business.

You will be able to demonstrate that you are a professional who understands the needs of the whole organisation and beyond. Typical roles and potential roles undertaken by successful graduates include project managers and project/product development managers.

Modules

Semester 1

  • Logistics Management for Projects (15 credits)
  • Operations and Process Management (15 credits)
  • Developing Human Capabilities (15 credits)
  • Developing Financial Capabilities (15 credits)

 

Semester 2

  • Business and Information Strategy (15 credits)
  • Project Management for Methods (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Professional Development (15 credits)
  • International Business and Marketing (15 credits)

 

Semester 3

  • Masters project (60 credits)

You will be encouraged to undertake your Master’s project in a work-based environment where you can identify problems and specific solutions. You will include a proposal, methodology, research analysis, evaluation discussion, conclusion and recommendations, dissertation write-up, summarised in a viva-voce presentation.

 

Assessment methods
Effective communication is key in a professional environment. For this reason, we use project reports, record keeping and oral presentations extensively in our assessments, although we may use time-constrained tests where appropriate. Assessment focuses largely on projects and case studies and we make personal development planning an integral part of the learning process. You will study four modules per term which are assessed deploying a range of assessment methods appropriate to each module content.

 

Main learning outcomes

In this study of the Project Management MSc, you will:

  • focus on an organisation’s business process and operations, providing you the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of operations, sales order management and the procurement cycle. You’ll explore: operations and productivity, operations strategy for competitive advantage, operations in the global marketplace, forecasting, interfaces between MRPII and PLM, other key ERP techniques
  • develop your skills and knowledge of operations management within the context of project management. It aims to give you both practical application and theoretical underpinning of the management of business operations and will include: planning tools and techniques, demand theory, lean operating principles, quality systems
  • gain an understanding of: organisations, organisational behaviour and design, roles and interactions, teamwork, project leadership. You will also look at the development of interpersonal competencies, including self-management and initiative, effective communication, customer relations, effective collaboration, introduction to human capital development and change management
  • focus on developing an understanding of financial and management accounting methods and techniques utilised by managers, which facilitates decision-making and control within the organisation as well as performance monitoring externally. This will include: financial accounting, management accounting, financial methods and techniques
  • learn a curriculum incorporating the development business strategy and using information systems as resource to enhance competitive advantage for innovative organisations including the essence of corporate/business strategy, IS strategy from both practical and theoretical perspectives and related issues, the integrated nature of corporate/business strategy and information systems, the process of change management and implementation of information system strategy
  • use project management methodologies and have an overview of sequential phases, from concept to termination. You will also study: project lifecycle, an introduction to project timing for initial appraisal and control, constructing/analysis of a network, legal and regulatory issues within project management.
  • focus on: research philosophies, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data acquisition, academic writing, professional practice, research ethics, literature review, referencing and bibliographies, and academic journals and electronic resources. You will enhance your knowledge, professionalism and research skills by selecting and applying appropriate research methods. You will present a literature review as an academic poster.
  • develop an understanding of market-led sustainable competitive advantage in pursuit of wealth creation, through the development of international business. Considerations could include: economics relating to international trade, resource inequality and sustainability, laws relating to trade, liability, IP, contract, international standards related to quality, multinational project development, international logistics, globalisation and the developing economies of BRIC nations, regional and national cultures.