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Project Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

FBLT003

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

The globalisation of the business world, coupled with heightened competition, increasing customer expectations and rapid technological advances, has fuelled the demand for projects of all types across almost every industry.

Organisations are looking to professional project managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to drive forward new ways of working and implement change successfully.

This Master’s degree aims to prepare you to become successful leaders in the field of project management. MSc Project Management holds academic accreditation from the Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project management profession. This highly recognised accreditation aims to provide you with the at the level that meets standards of project management profession and expertise in the field.  You will have the opportunity to address a range of complex project management issues using different international and organisational examples, with the aim of equipping you to lead projects across different geographical boundaries. You could also work towards obtaining PRINCE2 foundation qualification, the de facto process based method for the effective management of projects. Finally, upon the successful completion and meeting CMI requirements on the Global Professional development module, you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting, which are highly regarded by employers.

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal and ranked 20th best in the country for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the 2018 Guardian University Guide, Coventry has been educating business professionals for over 100 years. Through a combination of taught modules, industry guest lectures, real-life case studies and internship opportunities, you will have the opportunity to acquire both the technical and people skills required to become an effective project manager.

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 and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

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. This means that successful graduates will graduate from a course that is accredited with a leading institution in Project Management UK and Europe.

This accreditation gives your degree higher reputation and recognition among employers. It also ensures that the course have attained a level that meets standards of project management profession and expertise in the field. This will also enable you to apply for APM qualifications, once the other entry criteria have been met.

Chartered Marketing Institute (CMI)

We enjoy links with a wide range of professional bodies, including the Chartered Marketing Institute (CMI) for example, with which our students gain membership whilst still studying on the course, among a host of other professional bodies (additional costs apply).

The MSc Project Management develops students’ strategic thinking, effective communication and research skills, all directly relevant to employers and such skills are designed to be of great value when seeking future employment. It incorporates a CMI module Global Professional development - Consultancy. Upon its successful completion and meeting CMI requirements, 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 entry criteria have been met.


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Course information

The MSc in Project Management provides an opportunity to develop a strategic and global outlook when managing projects in a wide variety of organisations. It is aimed at students who have previously studied business and management at undergraduate level or have an equivalent level of professional experience.

Whilst you will specialise in project management, the characteristics of the course will also provide a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and how project management is integrated within organisations.  

The activities that change business processes and practices – the launch of new products and services or the integration of new processes – involve multiple stakeholders and considerable resources, often across many teams and functional units, increasing the inherent risk associated with any organisational change. As a project manager, you can add significant value to your employer by ensuring that these risks are kept to a minimum.

As well as developing your knowledge and experience of the key project management tools and methodologies, including PRINCE2, PMBOK, APM BoK, and Agile approaches, our strong business focus provides a thorough grounding in strategic thinking, commercial acumen, organisational structures and cultures in order to lead and manage change more effectively.

We will examine the impact of contextual and strategic influences on the management of projects, including investment analysis, governance, legislation, ethical matters, environmental concerns and social and technology changes. We will study contemporary practices, such as sustainability, developing your appreciation of ethical project governance and its role in delivering successful projects in a repeatable way.

Drawing on real-life case studies, such as London Heathrow Terminals, Centenary Square in Birmingham or Olympics, we will consider the global context in which projects often operate, how they are managed, the people and stakeholders who work with and influence project success and the effect of policies, processes and culture.

In your final semester, you can choose to spend time on a company internship, typically lasting eight to 12 weeks (subject to application and availability). In the past, we have supported students to take on business and product development roles in companies in the UK, such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover to mention a few.

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.

Modules

  • Mandatory modules:

    • Project Management in Practice 
    • Strategic Portfolio and Programme Management 
    • Project Organisation and Culture 
    • Risk Management 
    • International Leadership and Management 
    • Project Management Methodologies 
    • Project Governance and Responsible Management 
    • Professional Development – Consultancy (CMI accredited)
    • Company internship or Dissertation

     

     

     

     

  • Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Strategy, Technology and Innovation
    • Business Process Integration

In more detail...

  • Innovative, interactive teaching features educational games and software to gain practical insights into project management.
  • Guest speakers from the field of project management in recent times to share their knowledge and experiences with students.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for Business – 88% overall, above the sector average of 80% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Hands-on experience of market-leading software packages including: MS Project, Xsol software and SAP, the world’s leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider.
  • 85% of the School’s ‘Business and Management’ research was recognised internationally in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), of which 13% received the highest ‘world-leading’ classification.
  • Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Recent visits have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover, Coca-Cola European Partners and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France, India and South Korea among others (subject to additional costs and availability).

Coventry University is ranked 20th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing in the 2018 Guardian University Guide

Your main study themes are:

  • Project management: Preparing you to deliver strategic change and transformation through the management of projects, you will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively plan and execute a project. You will also have the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the stages, tools and techniques required for project initiation, planning, execution, control and termination. We will also examine the wider context of project management and how inter-related projects and portfolios of multiple projects contribute towards achieving strategic business objectives. 

  • Project organisation and culture: Aims to develop a higher level of understanding of the differing organisational types and the role that organisational structure and its relationship with culture plays in the effective management of projects. We cover a variety of topics, including: organisational structures, roles and responsibilities; strategies for stakeholder management; contingency theory and the environment; and the human elements of project management, such as teamwork, multidisciplinary working, stakeholder communication and engagement.

  • Risk Management: Examine the techniques used to identify, analyse, respond to and monitor risk at various stages of the project life cycle, comparing their applicability and trade-offs. We will cover topic of change and how to manage changes when working on projects.

  • International Leadership and Management: We will introduce you to the key issues, theories and debates in international leadership and management and consider the role of ethics in organisational leadership. Subjects studied will include trait theory, situational leadership, followership, transactional and transformational leadership. As well as viewing the positives of leadership and management, the dark side of leadership will also be considered, including destructive leadership and how leaders and managers can break trust in organisations.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years.

You will attend lectures and participate in seminars, using a wide range of technologies to enhance your digital fluency, including Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, lecture based interactive quizzes and databases used to identify and analyse different data sources.

The course is highly practical and you will have the opportunity to be exposed to real-life case studies, such London Heathrow Terminals, Centenary Square in Birmingham or Olympics. Where possible, you will have the opportunity to work on projects using real-life business scenarios and simulations. For example, you will be required to build a risk management toolkit over the course of the first semester and uncover methods to implement risk management programmes successfully. 

We also invite a range of guest speakers who will share experiences of managing change and growth in their organisations, supply chain and logistics strategies, marketing and trade management operations, business development and more. 

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, which among others include the topics of success and failure of project management, strategy in project management, unexpected events and risk management. Research topics for dissertation projects are chosen in discussion with academic staff and a wide range of potential areas within project management are available – students can examine various project management topics from such themes as stakeholder management, change management, risk management, strategic management in projects, leadership in projects, and international project management to mention but a few.

You will have the opportunity to participate in range of field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with recent excursions to Manchester United, Jaguar Land Rover, and Coca-Cola European Partners in the UK (subject to availability and additional costs).

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of taught modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments (report, presentations, phase test), plus University examinations set in January or May. The course team and the internal quality process including internal moderation and External Examiner review will ensure the appropriate use of individually and group assessed work and the achievement of individual learning outcomes. Both formative and summative assessments will be used on the course to enable you to reflect on feedback and incorporate learning into your work.

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

  • Dissertation/Management Consultancy Project: 30% 
  • Reports: 14%
  • Presentations: 15%
  • Formal examinations: 15%
  • Practical coursework: 22%
  • Face tests: 4%

22% assessed by practical coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate the role of project management in different organisations at a strategic level in an evolving global environment.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the current concepts, principles and methodologies available in planning and managing a wide variety of projects from a global perspective.
  • Critically analyse a range of different issues and challenges in the implementation and management of projects, to include people, processes and culture, developing reasoned recommendations and solutions.
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders involved in a variety of international projects to include developing written plans, reports and delivering professional oral presentations.
  • Develop transferable professional and practical skills that will demonstrate a responsible, ethical and sustainable approach to managing projects both individually and as part of a team.
  • Systematically analyse and critically evaluate sources of data and information to synthesise business research.

In a typical week you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4-8 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4-8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

The School organises a number of national and international field visits, which have recently included trips to Paris, Brussels, South Korea, India, and New York, to mention but a few, to visit such institutions as UNESCO and other multinational enterprises to tour their facilities and learn about their operations (subject to availability and additional costs).

You will also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects. We use international case studies and examples throughout the programme; you are also able to learn direct from international business leaders from across the world, who are invited as guest lecturers on modules to share their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you will benefit from the experience of lecturers on project management and business operations Europe, North America, Middle East, to mention but a few.

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.

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



21,000

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


Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

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

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

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

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

£10,650 (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

£10,650 (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 (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!

Career prospects

The course helps prepare you for a variety of project management careers, teaching you how to be an effective leader in the field of project management, and how to address the complex issues currently facing project managers in a variety of organisational settings, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector.

You should develop advanced capabilities in strategic thinking, effective communication and research, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking future employment. Upon the successful completion and meeting CMI requirements on the Global Professional development module, you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting, which are highly regarded by employers.

You can also join the APM and PMI during your studies, which can provide excellent networking and career opportunities. Your APM accredited degree ensures that the course have attained a level that meets standards of project management profession and expertise in the field also ultimately should give you higher recognition among project management employers.

We recognise the importance of preparing students for the working environment and have invested heavily in providing the support and opportunities for our students to enhance their graduate employment prospects. Every student within the Faculty has a designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT), aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of being a recruiter, so they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.