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MSc Project Management

Course Overview

Effective project management is the key to the success of organisations in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors. This course will provide you with a multi-disciplinary skill set, including planning and resource management, but also stresses the importance of communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.

The course will improve your knowledge and skills (including creative leadership and problem solving skills) to manage projects effectively in the commercial, public and third sectors (including the voluntary sector); including managing projects for today’s global companies over international boundaries.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Project Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    Association for Project Management – APM

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000

    Intakes

    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Luton

Academic entry requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree from a recognised University. Otherwise, applicants from different subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their relevant professional experience or qualification.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, including coursework and exams. Coursework will include case study analyses, writing reports, planning and review exercises, research, presentations and group work, all typical activities that a project manager would be expected to undertake. Formative assessment will be used to provide you with the opportunity for feedback, to enable them to review and improve your work, before summative assessment wherever possible.

Project management involves significant team working and Group work is required in both the Tools and Techniques unit and the Client Delivery Project unit. It is important that an individual’s contribution to group work is recognised. Hence, group grades are adjusted to provide individual grades via the use of set individual questions at the end of presentations which are video recorded or/and via an assessment of the project logs stored in breo group spaces.

The Client Delivery Project unit is one of the later units and provides students with the opportunity to use the culmination of their knowledge and skills, managing a larger scale project, as part of a team, experiencing the role of the project manager and reflecting on the process. The Dissertation is another summative unit designed to demonstrate your ability to bring together theory and practice to solve problems, including conducting business research, critically evaluating business problems/needs, developing and implementing appropriate business solutions.

You will get detailed briefings of the assessment and the marking criteria. Apart from summative feedback, formative feedback, wherever appropriate, will be provided in units to support your learning and to give you the opportunity to enhance your performance.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will be well equipped for a career in project management as well as in business management as the course will develop your problem solving, multi-tasking and interpersonal skills, such as leadership, communications, teamwork and stakeholder management.

Modules

Semester one:

  • Project Management Tools and Techniques – 30 credits
  • Financial Analysis – 15 credits
  • The Human Side of Management – 15 credits

 

Semester two:

  • Project Entrepreneurship – 15 credits
  • Contracts & Procurement Management – 15 credits
  • Risk and Quality Management – 15 credits
  • Client Delivery Project – 15 credits

 

Semester three:

  • Business Research Methods – 15 credits
  • Project Management Dissertation – 45 credits

 

Reasons for choosing this course

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Solve problems for clients and show strong interpersonal skills, such as leadership, communications and teamwork, and who are skilled and confident in both internal and external stakeholder analysis and management
     
  • Be fast learners who can multi-task and who are comfortable with change and who can adapt and use different approaches depending on the contextual situation
     
  • Continuously reflect on their experiences and be reflective practitioners
     
  • Manage projects for clients, including agile project management as well as conceptualisation to identify solutions to problems, project planning, implementation, monitoring and controlling and identifying lessons learnt for future projects
     
  • Demonstrate a strong focus on delivery, are strong in risk management and have a good grounding in project management tools and techniques

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

  • LO1: A systematic understanding, application and critical evaluation of a range of relevant project management theories, methodologies, tools and techniques applied across a range of sectors
     
  • LO2: A depth of knowledge and a systematic understanding and analysis of specific areas, connected with, and that impact upon, the project management function; such as Finance, People and Resource Management, Quality Management and Outsourcing
     
  • LO3: An introduction to current programme management practice and a critical insight into current project management practice within a variety of environments, and how projects are managed locally, nationally and over international boundaries
     
  • LO4: Taking a lead role in planning a project, sustaining team motivation, maintaining effective working relationships, actively monitoring progress, interpreting and evaluating feedback, re-planning as necessary and critically reviewing results and outcomes
     
  • LO5: Recognition of the relevant professional codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility issues, by presenting a credible project management role model, demonstrating responsibility for personal and professional development
     
  • LO6: Professional communication skills appropriate to working with the range of internal and external personnel, from clients and customers to team members and technical specialists, being able to elicit requirements, negotiate, respond and present the outcomes/results in a manner appropriate to the audience
     
  • LO7: Information literacy skills to select and effectively use a range of strategies and resources to explore, research and analyse a topic
     
  • LO8: Independent evaluation of current research, advanced scholarship and associated methodologies and practice in project management to support critical thinking and maximise research effectiveness
     
  • LO9: Creative and innovative skills to autonomously synthesise project requirements and resources to propose/develop solutions.

 

Choose Project Management MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study the management of challenging projects for global companies over international boundaries on a course that has been developed with reference to professional bodies and with input from a number of leading specialists, ensuring your learning reflects current and best practice
  • Explore project entrepreneurship, contract and procurement management, financial analysis, the human side of management, client delivery, risk and quality management and other essential business subjects
  • Develop your entire skill set as you put theory into practice by delivering a live project for a real business client
  • Gain access to valuable PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner training
     
  • Benefit from a course accredited by the Association for Project Management with areas of knowledge specified by the Project Management Institute