Engineering Project Management MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT054

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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 project life cycles for new product development.

This accredited 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 in order to provide strong leadership and contribute to successful project deliveries. It has been specifically developed with feedback from our industry partners, including SAIC Motor Limited, formerly MG Rovers, which also sends senior project management experts to share their experiences through guest lectures.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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

Association for Project Management (APM)

The MSc in Engineering Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) until March 2020, 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.

The University’s accreditation with APM shall be up for renewal after March 2020. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

We strongly encourage our students to become members of APM in order to develop their project management 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 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 in Engineering Project Management provides you with the opportunity 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, graduated 2017

Course information

This course responds to the ongoing trend for project-based work within engineering 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 Consultancy Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Experiential Project Management
  • Engineering Project Management Frameworks (with PRINCE2)
  • Management of Quality
Semester 2
  • Change Management
  • Contract Management
  • Strategic International Project Management
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Research Methods and Project Proposal
Semester 3
  • Masters Dissertation/Industry based Masters Dissertation

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Experiential Project Management
  • Engineering Project Management Frameworks (with PRINCE2)
  • Management of Quality
Semester 2
  • Change Management
  • Contract Management
  • Strategic International Project Management
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Research Methods and Project Proposal
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Masters Dissertation/Industry based Masters Dissertation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The programme is accredited by Association for Project Management (APM) – the chartered professional body for project management.
  • Provision of real life project simulations.
  • Opportunities to graduate with several highly sought after project certifications such as PRINCE2, APM Project Fundamental Qualification (APM PFQ) and CMI - subject to passing the required exams.
  • Located within the heart of Coventry City, a historically and contemporarily relevant centre of engineering diversity and excellence (with good transport infrastructure to Birmingham and London).
  • Opportunity to work in collaborative project groups, a key requirement of industry.
  • Involvement in high value-adding UK industrial trips to project organisations (may be subject to limited places on a first come first served basis).
  • Innovative and challenging MSc-Level assessments.
  • Highly qualified and helpful teaching team with broad-based, multi-faceted work-place experience.
  • Diversified International student community.
  • Leadership skills development through practical/first-hand opportunities of delivering real life projects.
  • Effective management of multi-cultural and multi-functional project teams.
  • Strong connection with project professionals and industrial partners.
  • Interactive and hand-on seminar sessions with lectures based on Activity led learning/ Flip classroom.
  • Access to commercial software such as Cesim.
  • International study field trips available through GLP to Europe, India, China, Dubai and USA (subject to availability, additional costs and visa applications).
  • 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.

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’.
  • Advanced experiential project management: 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 frameworks (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).
  • Strategic International Project Management: Aims to develop a full understanding of the theories and skills required for an engineer to set-up and run international 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 strategic 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 develop international project management skill.

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

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 dedicated 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.

You will be assessed on this course using a variety of methods depending upon the module. Assessment methods include tests, coursework, reports and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will 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 will be able to:

  • Apply advanced business and project management techniques to the analysis and solutions across a wide range of business settings.
  • Understand a range of advanced business and engineering management techniques to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Critically appraise the potential causes of disputes, liabilities, and breaches of contract and the basics of contract law.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to enact, through projects, the principles of change management and become effective change agents in engineering organisations.
  • Assess the feasibility of a project integrating the technical, contractual and human resource elements.
  • Evaluate the need for professional and ethical conduct in commercial and social contexts, a knowledge of management and business practice and their limitations together with an understanding of sustainable development and the relevant regulations governing engineering activities in order to critically appraise risk.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Contribute to a team with the necessary planning, reviewing, adaptability, drive and leadership to achieve the required objectives and observe work schedules.
  • Apply the necessary study and research skills to support the analytical, critical and reflective requirements of written, oral and group assessments.
  • Clearly communicate research, concepts, solutions and recommendations, and demonstrate a professional approach to written and/or oral presentations.

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, for example working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

As well as the potential 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. Recent trips include Rolls Royce in Derby, for example, as well as outside the country. Field trips may be subject to an application process, additional costs, availability and/or meeting applicable visa requirements.

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


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 enrol on this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an engineering or engineering-related discipline. Any other degree will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enrol on this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an engineering or engineering-related discipline. Any other degree will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 enrol on this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an engineering or engineering-related discipline. Any other degree will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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September 2020

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UK 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.

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EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Field trips may be subject to additional costs, availability and/or meeting applicable visa requirements.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 would be better prepared for the strategic management of projects. You will also gain skills that can be applied to various managerial tasks required in any organisation, such as team working, 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 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 faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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 project managers who have gone on to work 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 provided 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
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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