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Engineering Project Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT030
ECT105 (Evening)

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

In today's rapidly evolving competitive environment, project management has developed from a specialist activity into a major process for managing change, innovation and securing commercial success.

Managers and engineers at every organisational level need an in-depth understanding of the concepts, techniques and tools required to manage multidisciplinary teams and the whole project life cycle for anything from new product development to the construction of new manufacturing facilities.

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), this course is designed for graduates and professionals who have already acquired expertise in their field of engineering and now wish to develop engineering project management skills to provide leadership and contribute to successful project deliveries. It has been specifically developed with feedback our industry partners, including SAIC Motor Limited, formerly MG Rovers, which also sends senior project management directors to share their experiences through guest lecturers.  

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

Chartered Management Institute

As part of this course you will study Professional Development, a beneficial new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI.


Association for Project Management (APM)

The MSc in Engineering Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), having fulfilled the requirements stipulated by APM. This means students on this course will be studying a Course accredited by the UK’s leading project management professional body.

We strongly encourage you to become a member of APM to develop your personal competences – using the APM Competence Framework – relevant to becoming project management professionals (additional membership costs may apply). You will also have opportunities to engage with the industry, through events provided by the local APM branch, which have recently included APM Midlands Awards Night where students on this course beat off competition from several other universities to win two awards – ‘APM Project Group of the Year’ and ‘APM Project Simulation Group’.

What our students say...

The MSc Engineering Project Management programme is a unique course which allows you to work with various teams and individuals from all parts of the world. Studying the course, I am proud to say I have gained experience in how to prepare a proposal and the best ways to pitch my ideas to sponsors on a project. Some of the skills I gained alongside the course include leadership, team working, networking, public speaking, problem solving, people management and communication skills.

Andrew Uwefoh, MSc Engineering Project Management, current student 2016

Course information

This course responds to the ongoing trend for project-based work within most organisations and the fact that projects are becoming extensively and increasingly technically complex.

It is designed to prepare you to manage and lead organisational change through projects and become effective change agents. We take a high level, critical and evaluative view of project management, providing you with an understanding of planning, monitoring and controlling techniques required to deliver a very successful project. 

We focus on projects involving major changes and complexities, such as issues related to new products and services, new plant, equipment, new operating systems, and look at how they can affect the lives of people both inside and outside the organisation.

The course balances the technical side of project management with the soft side of project management, which focuses on behavioural excellence and people management. You therefore have the opportunity to learn about the human dynamics of project teams, developing your skills in leadership, communication and teamwork, as well as learning how to plan sophisticated projects by using commercial software packages and apply quality and good financial, management.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

You will be learning various management and technical modules on this course, such as:

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Project Management
    • Contract Management
    • Management of Quality
    • Change Management
  • Semester 2

    • Advanced Project Management
    • Experiential Engineering Project Management
    • Engineering Project Management Frameworks (with PRINCE2)
    • Professional Development
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction
  • Semester 3

    • Masters Dissertation/Industry based Masters Dissertation

In more detail...

  • Access to commercial software such as Arena.
  • International study field trips available through GLP to Europe, India, China, Dubai and USA (subject to availability and additional costs).
  • Opportunity to gain APM Project Fundamental Qualification and Prince2 Certification (Foundation and Practitioner levels), subject to passing the required exams.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Guest speakers via the University’s Global Leaders Programme (GLP), which in recent years has included the Group Strategy Director of Jaguar Land Rover, a NASA Astronaut and the Vice President of Telefonica Europe.
88%

High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Business’, above the sector average of 80%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Your main study themes are:

  • Project management: We focus on managerial and strategic use of the tools and techniques of project management. You will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of the key concepts, contents and contexts of contemporary project management practice, developing the skills and expertise required to set up and run organisational changes using key project management processes to define, plan and manage complex scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of proactive stakeholder management, behavioural excellence, advanced methods for identifying and assessing project risks and costs, capturing customer’s requirements, practical tools for managing programmes and portfolios, and evaluating projects effectively from start to finish.

  • Change management: We consider the importance of change management in contemporary organisations and how organisations need to evolve to maintain or advance their strategic objectives. We will examine some of the change strategies used to progress, for example, global business, organisational restructuring or to meet evolving customer quality demands. The human aspects of change are examined: from stakeholders at one extreme, to the role and characteristics of the individual change agent at the other.

  • Contracting management: Project management professionals should have an awareness of the relevant legal duties, rights and processes that govern in any given project situation. While this is not intended to replace the need for professional advice and services, you should have an awareness of the potential causes of disputes, liabilities, breaches of contract, means of resolving a dispute and the basics of contract law. We will provide the essential knowledge necessary to make choices based on reasoned arguments and discriminate between strategic alternatives in the effective use of contracts in project management.

  • Management of quality: You should gain an appreciation of the importance of quality as a strategy for continuous improvement in business performance – for competitive quality, quality in design and manufacture and the customer supply chain to the concept of ‘Total Quality’.

  • Engineering project management in practice: This module gives you opportunities to apply your previous knowledge of engineering project management through an extended use of practical examples and simulations. In particular, the course will focus on effective engineering project management tools and techniques that can be translated into practice to help to enhance your performance in any given engineering project environment.

  • Engineering project management methodology (with PRINCE2): The course aims to actively engage you in appraising methodologies that could be used to manage complexities of projects within engineering organisation. The focus will be on standards and processes that provides guidance, maturity, critical judgement and insight which all tie directly with engineering project life cycle phases and processes. You will be guided towards sitting the PRINCE2 certification (both Foundation and Practitioner).

  • Advanced project management: Aims to develop a full understanding of the theories and skills required for an engineer to set-up and run organisational changes using key project management processes needed to define, plan and manage complex project scenarios. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about effective project management techniques that can be translated into practice to enhance your performance in any given engineering project environment. A deep understanding of proactive stakeholder management, behavioural excellence, advanced methods for assessing project risks, capturing customer’s requirements and evaluating projects effectively from start to finish will be studied to ensure you become successful project manager.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or three years part-time. You can start in September, January or May.

The full-time structure operates on three 16-week semesters. All taught modules are mandatory and will comprise 11 weeks of teaching followed by three study weeks and two assessment weeks.

A wide range of teaching methods will be used including: lectures, tutorials, case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises and real-life project delivery. The course is underpinned by current research in the various specialised fields and newly evolving areas within the discipline. We will explore different ways that effective leadership and project management can significantly contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness and the advancement of society.

Some of the real-life projects produced in the past have included the development of a project management app on an android platform and creation of a temperature adjustable jacket. Videos of some of these projects are available on our YouTube channel.

An optional industrial project module has been included within the programme, enabling you to apply for a student internship in the third semester of the full-time course or in the third year of the part-time course, though this will depend on both the availability of places and suitability of candidates. In the past, internship students have carried out research on topics such as the implementation of a new project strategy for 786 Foods Limited and analysis of the project design operations of a bespoke industrial controls solution provider, for example.

The individual project gives you the opportunity to do in depth research in your chosen area of specialisation alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you. Previous students have chosen to investigate a diverse range of subject areas – from the influence of leadership styles on successful delivery of engineering projects and the effect of organisational cultural differences or employee motivation on project outcomes to the development of processes to eliminate risks in outsourcing oil and gas projects in Brunei and the impact of current public procurement practices on public construction projects in Bangladesh.

Achievement of learning outcomes in most taught modules is assessed by a combination of group work, in-class tests, written-reports and presentations. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve above 40% to pass.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • In-class tests: 40%
  • Practical coursework/reports: 40%
  • Presentations: 20%

Practical coursework/reports

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Project management concepts, models, tools and techniques to create solutions for a range of practical project management problems.
  • The key financial concepts appropriate to engineering business.
  • Flexible project management methodologies that can be used to successfully deliver complex projects
  • The role of change management and be able to define working procedures and practices and meet client requirements within a legislative framework.
  • A range of systematic approaches used in project planning monitoring and control.
  • Different forms of contract requirements for an organisation.
  • A range of advanced business and engineering management techniques to achieve competitive advantage.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate financial information of both an external and internal nature for business decision making.
  • Creatively formulate sound judgement regarding project selection, planning, monitoring and control
  • Evaluate appropriate philosophies, tools, techniques and systems associated with quality.
  • Analyse the existing people management practices in a project-environment
  • Critically appraise how to optimise and manage changes.
  • Assess the feasibility of a project integrating the technical, contractual and human resource elements.
  • Critically appraise the potential causes of disputes, liabilities, and breaches of contract and the basics of contract law. 
  • Apply advanced financial techniques to secure successful delivery of projects.
  • Apply advanced business and project management techniques to the analysis and solutions across a wide range of business settings.
  • Plan and implement activities which will improve quality
  • Apply project management techniques and tools in scheduling expediting, monitoring and controlling projects. 

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Medium group teaching: 8 hours of smaller tutorial/seminars with focused tutor contact each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 42 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

As well as the chance to work in project groups made up of students from different nationalities, you will also have opportunities to interact with guest speakers who will share their own international experiences, such as Trevor Jones, VP – Project Management at DHL Ltd, who has worked in various countries in Europe, and Alan Anderson, Chief Vehicle Engineer at SAIC Motor UK. Students on this course can participate in various field trips within the UK, recently to Rolls Royce in Derby, for example, as well as outside the country. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The MSc Engineering Project Management programme is a unique course which allows you to work with various teams and individuals from all parts of the world. Studying the course, I am proud to say I have gained experience in how to prepare a proposal and the best ways to pitch my ideas to sponsors on a project. Some of the skills I gained alongside the course include leadership, team working, networking, public speaking, problem solving, people management and communication skills.

Andrew Uwefoh, MSc Engineering Project Management, current student 2016

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

The MSc Engineering Project Management programme is a unique course which allows you to work with various teams and individuals from all parts of the world. Studying the course, I am proud to say I have gained experience in how to prepare a proposal and the best ways to pitch my ideas to sponsors on a project. Some of the skills I gained alongside the course include leadership, team working, networking, public speaking, problem solving, people management and communication skills.

Andrew Uwefoh, MSc Engineering Project Management, current student 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£15,050 (full time)
£13,350 (evening) (per year)


May 2019

£15,050 (full time)
£13,350 (evening) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

The MSc Engineering Project Management programme is a unique course which allows you to work with various teams and individuals from all parts of the world. Studying the course, I am proud to say I have gained experience in how to prepare a proposal and the best ways to pitch my ideas to sponsors on a project. Some of the skills I gained alongside the course include leadership, team working, networking, public speaking, problem solving, people management and communication skills.

Andrew Uwefoh, MSc Engineering Project Management, current student 2016

Career prospects

This course has gone through the rigorous processes of validation by our industrial partners and accreditation by APM, which demonstrates both the quality of the programme and the fact that it is recognised in the industry.

As a successful graduate, you should be better prepared for the strategic management of projects. You should also gain skills that can be applied to various managerial tasks required in any organisation, such as teamworking, leadership, critical thinking/ problem solving, risk management, communication, change management, etc.

Building on their Master’s degree studies, previous graduates have secured exciting and rewarding positions across a wide variety of industries in leading organisations worldwide. They have become directors, senior managers, consultants and business owners, and regularly return to the University to support current students as guest speakers and by hosting visits to their companies. This networking often leads to job and internship opportunities, which can jump start your career and provides valuable work experience.

As a postgraduate student, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

This course has a very good track record of producing good project managers working in prestigious organisations worldwide. Recent graduates have been employed by Jaguar Land Rover UK, Saudi Aramco, PepsiCo International, BMW, Airbus, Chevron Corporation, DHL Ltd, PDS Protek AS, Axillium Research and Caparo AP Braking Ltd.

What our students say...

The course offers itself as a platform into the world of projects; by encompassing a balance of both theoretical and practical experience, it proved to provide substance to my project management abilities and offered my current employer an insight in to my potential. I do absolutely and genuinely believe that without this course I would probably be battling my way through the admin type roles at the very bottom of an organisation. Today, I am now working as a Scheme Project Management in Network Rail within Track Renewals thanks to MSc EPM programme.

Jennifer Slater, MSc Engineering Project Management, graduated in 2013, now Project Manager for Network Rail
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