The MSc in Project Management at LUMS is distinctive in its focus on projects within a broad spectrum of business. It seeks to build generic skills, which allow its graduates to enter a wide variety of project management careers.
Most project management programmes, coming from an engineering or construction perspective, focus strongly on the 'scientific' aspects of project management – for example, exploring the dynamics of construction project management. As such, they devote attention to rational analysis of problem situations in the search for an optimum solution. Yet, as industry reports have often highlighted, focusing on the techniques of project management is no guarantee of success. Project failures are rarely down to technical factors alone – human and organisational factors often play a major role.
Hard skills and soft skills combined
This MSc will give you all the 'tools' of professional project management but combine that with an all-important emphasis on how to manage people and interventions most effectively throughout the change process.
As a top-rated Management School, with specialists in all areas of management, HR and organisational behaviour, we can help you explore these issues and develop your confidence in managing complexity and ambiguity. For any project manager, this is an essential skill to master, since projects are typically characterised by fluidity and change, however carefully they may be scoped at the outset and negotiated with different stakeholders.
Learn from experienced practitioners
Most staff teaching on the programme have experienced the joys, frustrations and tensions of managing real world projects. In addition, guest speaker contributions give you the chance to learn from current practitioners, engaged in diverse industries and organisations. This is also a great way to extend your professional networks in the industry.
Acquire industry-relevant skills
Through your work on the various programme modules, you will develop many highly relevant practical skills for careers in project management – from the use of MS Project and other key software through to budgeting, negotiation, international teamwork, and preparing and making presentations.
Test out your skills before you graduate
The action learning style of the programme, including the chance to undertake substantial live client projects, provides opportunities to test out and refine your skills before you launch yourself on to the job market. You will learn how to produce a comprehensive project definition and plan, how to monitor and control projects, including those outside your normal ‘comfort zone’.
Build a global network
The programme attracts students from across the world, from very different working and academic backgrounds – and that diverse make-up is one of its great strengths. It forms the nucleus of a great learning environment, and gives you globally-based friends and professional colleagues for the future
The MSc in Project Management comprises 7 taught modules and an applied project management research project.
In the first term you build up your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the discipline; in the second and third terms you are increasingly exposed to the contexts and realities of practical project management, through interaction with professional project managers and through action-based projects.
Assessment for the individual modules varies according to the nature of the material covered. For further details, follow the links below to the individual module descriptions.
Term 1: October to December
Fundamentals and Foundations
Induction Week sets the scene for the programme as a whole. Through groupwork exercises and other activities you get to know your fellow students, meet the teaching staff and learn more about the School and its facilities.
Principles of Project Management provides an introduction to the nature and purpose of project management, to relevant academic theory and to key project management processes, tools and techniques used by practitioners, including MS Project software.
Project Leadership provides a theoretical and practical understanding of some key concepts and issues in project leadership and organisational behaviour and in particular their implications for project managers seeking to lead their project teams.
Delivering projects: Strategy, Implementation & Change provides the frameworks, aptitude and desire to think strategically and to place projects within a strategic context.
Term 2: January to March
Contexts and Realities
Commercial Aspects of Project Management positions the practice of project management within an organisational context generating valuable insights into the relationship between project and business success.
Advanced Project & Programme Management broadens and deepens understanding of project management tools and techniques whilst challenging their validity through critical engagement.
Term 3: April-September
Theory into Practice
Applied Project Management Research Project the culmination of the year's exploration of the discipline of project management, the dissertation seeks to integrate the various streams of taught knowledge, action learning and reflective practice into a structured piece of academic research and writing.
Spanning the first two terms these modules provide robust underpinning for critical engagement with the subject matter and the application of learning in practice.
Developing Project Management Professional Practice (PJTM533) provides a dedicated space for the exploration of projects in action. This experiential module sets a practical business challenge as the context for the application of learning from all other modules.
Reflection & Research in Project Management Practice (PJTM 536) provides a foundation in reflective practice and rigorous research methods that will support achievement in individual modules along with project management career planning.
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Applicants to the MSc in Project Management will normally need to have:
a good honours degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university
demonstrable English language competence where their first language is not English
You will normally need a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent (a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4-point scale or B/B+ on a literal scale).
As this is a conversion course, your first degree does not need to be in any particular subject. The programme is particularly attractive to those who have studied subjects such as engineering, IT, business or management, although students also come from a variety of arts and social science backgrounds.
English language requirements
Studying at Masters level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken language, and excellent comprehension. For this reason, non-native speakers of English are normally asked to demonstrate their English language competence by taking one of the internationally recognised tests below.
Our minimum language requirements for postgraduate study at LUMS are:
IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each element
Pearson Academic (PTE) 70, with at least 55 in each element
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
ToEFL iBT 100 (with minimum 22 in each skill)
Please note: IELTS and Pearson scores are valid for two years from the test date. Also, note that ToEFL tests are no longer recognised by the UK Visas and Immigration Office for entry to pre-sessional English language courses.
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