If you wish to build upon your existing knowledge of business and management to take on more of a leadership role, this course has been designed to respond to the increasing demand for project management in the public sector, business services, events management, utilities, charitable organisations and many more.
We aim to provide you with a solid understanding of the strategic value of project management to businesses, focusing not only on the skills required to manage projects effectively, but also the wider application of how projects deliver strategic change and how they interface with different disciplines in organisations. This includes methods of risk management endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Association for Project Management (APM).
MSc Project Management holds academic accreditation from the Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project management profession. On successful graduation, you should possess the skill set to enable you to be a senior project manager or researcher, with the relevant soft skills to work with and manage a wide variety of stakeholders, including delivering presentations, communication, leadership, problem solving and creativity.
A key feature of this course is that it is aligned with the APM Body of Knowledge (6th edition) which is a highly recognized set of project management guidelines used by many companies across UK and Europe. We will also expose you to Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), which is used extensively by the UK Government and widely recognised in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. You should obtain the skills and knowledge to achieve PRINCE2 foundation certificate in project management, subject to passing the required exam.
The programme incorporates a Chartered Management Institute module. Upon successful completion, you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. This will also enable you to apply for Chartered Manager status via the qualified route, once the other CMI entry criteria have been met.
Through the study of concepts like corporate and social responsibility (CSR), good corporate citizenship and ethical leadership in the field of project management, we will also introduce you to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) principles. Launched in partnership between business schools and the United Nations, PRME is designed to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.
The programme is delivered by teaching staff that have had extensive professional industry experience in the management of projects both in the UK and across the globe, such as projects in the area of marketing, healthcare, agriculture, sustainable energy, software engineering, construction, and industrial manufacturing.
Using specialist software tools like MS Project, Xsol software, SAP, and other business simulation software, you will be encouraged to think strategically from the outset, developing the practical skills needed to manage complex international business projects. Case studies of successful and failed projects, industry speakers and the opportunity to apply for an internship will help you to understand how the theories you learn are applied in the real world.
A multicultural learning experience is likely, as you will be studying alongside staff and students from a range of over 30 nationalities. You’ll be taught by staff with significant experience of the business world, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad.