The principle reason that motivated me to pursue the MSc Project Management course is the appeal and challenge Project Managers experience in delivering assignments they undertake in their career. The qualification, indeed, lead to very smart and modern careers for graduates who love challenges, creativity, leadership and success. As a graduate of Mathematics, I have cultivated these features in my student life. Now, for my master level of study, I would like to take my chance of attaining formal skills in the area of project management.
From my research, I see that Project Management is the application of skills, knowledge and techniques to meet the objectives of a project and stake holder’s expectations. It involves managing and organizing resources and people in such a way that a planned project is completed in the correct way and on time - projects are required to be managed efficiently for accuracy, on time delivery, within set budget and according to project specifications. Therefore, along with management and administration, there are needs for mathematical calculations and sharpness of mathematicians and this is where I find vested interest in the subject following my current qualification and I believe I would make a very successful project manager.
As for my academic strength, I have recently completed my BSc (Honours) in Mathematics. This study requires subtle accuracy and challenging traits of character to reach solutions. The study also involves structured process, method, skills and applications to achieve the targeted outcomes. I find similar academic process and learning objectives in Project Management course. In fact, project management is executed often by applying mathematical logic hugely, for example: Critical Path Analysis requires involves mathematics to assess project viability, budget and delivery time. And again, project managers are expected to know about the project costs and benefits which they may know by the help of mathematics. Again, logics, equations and calculations are mandatory to the successful running of a project. Although the basic may not always require math, but as soon as a project spread out of the world, it needs to become familiar with more complicated mathematical implement of logic and theory. Therefore, there are quite intimate relationships between my current qualification, knowledge, skills and the MSc Project Management I aspire to study. I can bring forward the transferrable skills and competences that I have gained from my study of mathematics (in particular knowledge and techniques of calculus, linear algebra, computer techniques, real analysis, numerical analysis, complex analysis, differential equation, differential geometry, topology & functional analysis, tensor analysis, discrete mathematics) to complement this project management course, and make the study more interesting and attached.
Studying at master level for course like project management that offers a skill-set would enhance my current academic level with advanced and newer knowledge, skills and professional discourses. From the study, I will learn to solve complex problems and make decisions using appropriate techniques, and to provide realistic contexts and situations in relation to project management in which to apply and modify concepts and principles to solve problems. I will be equipped to critically evaluate information and develop my sense of inquiry, analysis and application of data; understand a wide range of specific management practices and techniques, together with their application to the management of projects.
Additionally, this MSc will equip me with a mix of analytical and problem-solving business-related Skills with a very strong emphasis on relevant international challenges and issues. I will not only gain new perspectives and ways of addressing projects, I will also develop other important soft skills which will enhance my value to employers – for example, presentation and report-writing skills, negotiation skills, team-work and leadership skills in research design and analysis, ability to maintain tight work-schedule and meet deadline. These are key transferrable skills within the field of project management. These go hand-in-hand with the standards, methodologies, theories and concepts which I will gain throughout the course of study.
By the end of the course, I will be able to plan my project effectively, estimating time factors accurately and handling the work of different projects efficiently. I will recognise the different stakeholders involved in the projects and be able to devise strategies for each of them. I will have useful tools for risk analysis which I can apply to a wide range of situations and I will be able to cost the different elements of my project accurately and monitor my project budget. The management part would be a bonus and provide extra edge to start career as a manager.
On completion, when I return to Bangladesh with this premier qualification, I will be in demands for prestigious career at reputed companies. There are wide ranges of international companies investing in our economy for health, education, housing, gas, oil, shipping, clothing and other privatised projects. I am confident I will avail a position as project supervisor at the list immediately after I graduate. In next 5 years, I can develop the career to higher level and become a project manager, project engineer, project director or can work as a freelancer or open outsourcing company in the area. It would be a life-changing opportunity indeed.
The University of Bedfordshire (Beds) MSc Project Management course integrates PRINCE2 training which is a leading professional qualification in project management. This extra professional accomplishment would give me extra edge to attract major employers. This MSc course at University of Bedfordshire is accredited by the Association of Project Management and also reflects areas of knowledge specified by the Project Management Institute. These features of the course at this university influenced my choice of university hugely. The university is an award winning institution and was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise ‘International Trade 2011’. Beds have outstanding reputation for teaching – were awarded top marks – a 'confidence' rating – in most recent QAA audit. The university is connected with local and international business, industry and commerce; the teachers are attached to those and often bring in hands-on experience to prepare students with the requirements for latest employment standards. The tuition integrates soft skills, cognitive skills, employability and career skills so that graduates are confident to start their career immediately after completion.
The tuition is provided in seminar style small class in professional set-up. The classes are designed to improve students’ presentations skills, group discussion ability, leadership ability, communication skills – these are unique features of the university which are rare at other institution. The brand is world-wide recognized and respected. But yet, the fees are very affordable, and much lower than other UK universities. The 2900 pound discount of fees on full payment is a bonus that I would be able to use for extra learning materials. I would look no further to study this course but the Beds.
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