Project Management MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT040

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
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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.

This Master’s degree aims to prepare you to become a successful leader in the field of project management, and currently holds academic accreditation from the Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project management profession.* This accreditation aims to provide you with the ability to operate at a level that meets the standards of the project management profession and the expertise required 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.

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, a ranking of business schools in over 150 countries, in 2018, Coventry Business School has been educating business professionals for over 50 years. Through a combination of taught modules, the usage of case studies and internship opportunities (subject to availability, a competitive application process, and fees may apply), 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)

This course currently holds academic accreditation from the Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project management profession. This ensures that the course has attained a level that meets the standards of the project management profession, and means that successful graduates will graduate from a course recognised by a leading project management institution.

*Coventry University’s accreditation with APM is currently ongoing for this course, but is reviewed yearly. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The course also currently includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)** accredited module, Global Professional Development - Consultancy. Students who successfully complete the CMI module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will also gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. This will enable you to apply for Chartered Manager status via the qualified route, once all CMI entry criteria have been met (please visit the CMI website for full details on the criteria to qualify as a Chartered Manager and applicable fees).

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, this relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

What our students say...

Studying MSc in Project Management at Coventry University has equipped me with relevant knowledge and skills that I can apply in my career. I have utilised available sources and platforms to explore technical topics. There are great opportunities through networking events and field trips, which allow me to meet like-minded people and expose myself to various cultures and learn about other social aspects as well as current global issues.

Ketmany Vilayvong, Laos, Alumni, currently Project Coordinator at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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 competitive application, availability, and fees may apply). In the past, we have supported students to take on business and product development roles in companies in the UK, such as Aston Martin or Jaguar Land Rover to mention a few.

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Modules

Overview

During the course, through a variety of modules, we will not only examine the methodologies of project management, but also the impact of contextual and strategic influences on the management of projects, including investment analysis, governance, risk management, culture and ethical matters and environmental concerns. We will study contemporary practices, such as sustainability and responsible management, developing your appreciation of ethical project governance and its role in delivering successful projects in a repeatable way.

This course includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional Development – Creativity, Change and Innovation. Students who successfully complete this module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting. This will enable you to apply for Chartered Manager status via the qualified route, once all CMI entry criteria have been met (please visit the CMI website for full details on the criteria to qualify as a Chartered Manager and applicable fees).

Modules

  • Business Process Integration

  • 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 Management Development – Creativity, Change and Innovation

  • Postgraduate Business Project

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...

  • Innovative, interactive teaching features educational games and software to gain practical insights into project management.
  • Opportunity to hear from guest speakers from the field of project management, who can share their experience and knowledge (subject to availability).
  • Coventry Business School was rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2018, and we are currently members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), as well as being signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative.
  • Coventry Business School was rated ‘excellent’ in 2018 by Eduniversal, a ranking of business schools in over 150 countries.
  • 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.
  • Opportunity to attend field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries (subject to additional fees and availability). 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 and Brussels in Belgium (subject to additional costs, availability, and meeting visa requirements).
  • Study a course currently accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), which evidences the course’s focus on helping you to meet the skill level required of professional project managers.

Your main study themes on this course 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, focusing on projects such as London Heathrow Terminals, Centenary Square in Birmingham or the 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 and uncover methods to implement risk management programmes successfully. 

Many of our current 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 the project module 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 a 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, additional costs, and where applicable, meeting relevant visa requirements).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include the Postgraduate Business Project, reports, presentations, formal examinations, practical coursework and face tests.

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

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.

Within your first and second semester, you should have up to 13 contact hours of teaching a week which will include:

  • Small group teaching, such as tutorial, each week
  • Medium group teaching, such as seminars, each week
  • Larger group teaching, such as lectures, each week

A strong emphasis is placed on the Postgraduate Business Project module in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

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

Coventry Business 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, additional costs, and meeting relevant visa requirements).

You will also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning 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 (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international experience of the current course team means you will benefit from the experience of lecturers who have worked within project management and business operations across Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

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


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

Applicants should hold an honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as business management, or project management.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis. Please contact us to discuss any relevant experience.

Applicants should hold a honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as business management, or project management.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis. Please contact us to discuss any relevant experience.

 

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

Applicants should hold a honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as business management, or project management.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis. Please contact us to discuss any relevant experience.

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.

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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


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (per year)


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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (per year)


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!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,800 (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!

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.

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.

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 access to an Employment Personal Tutor (EPT), aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course. Many of our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of the recruitment process, so they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.

Global Leaders Programme

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

The Global Leaders Programme is subject to application and additional fees.

 

What our students say...

I gained practical experiences and meaningful knowledge from the teaching team. Moreover, excellent academic support also provided and allowed me and my fellow students to achieve great outcomes. I believe that I have been prepared to confidently enter the workforce with a competitive set of skills, and professional attitude from Coventry University.

Le Hua Xuan Quynh, Vietnam, Alumni, currently at SAIGONTECH Saigon Institute of Technology
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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