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The MSc, PGDip and PGCert in Project Management is a generalist academic programme which aims to develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects to project management, and to develop the essential skills and competencies necessary to plan, monitor, control and deliver successful projects. The programme is focused on career preparation and relevant pre-experience providing a theoretical approach, but with an emphasis on putting theory into practice.
This award has a particular emphasis on business project environments that bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to deliver business benefits or achieve business objectives, operating within the multiple project constraints of scope, budget, time and quality requirements. There are a large number of project workers and managers both regionally and nationally for whom this programme will be both beneficial and attractive.
The programme is designed for students who have a first degree in any discipline seeking to develop a career in a project-based role or environment. It provides the requisite knowledge base, organisational and analytical skills for those wishing to pursue a career as a Project/Programme Manager, Project Support Officer, Project Administrator or Project Worker. It is also designed to enhance the necessary applied research skills of those desiring to pursue advanced research study.
In summary the programme provides:
* An appreciation of the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques needed for effective project and programme management;
* An awareness of the roles, responsibilities and competencies of those involved in dynamic project-based environments, and how this relates to effective people, project and change management;
* An understanding of the methodological factors that can be used for selecting, defining, planning, controlling, monitoring and delivering projects;
* Knowledge of the basic concepts and analytical tools that underpin effective financial and resource control decisions in project-based environments;
* An understanding of the issues and approaches to managing risks in the project and programme environment, and in the wider enterprise.
The MSc in Project Management is a 180 credit M Level programme. The structure is based on the University wide framework for a Masters Programme. The programme will be delivered as four x 30 credit modules, and a 60 credit Postgraduate Dissertation including research methods sessions.
The MSc in Project Management can be offered in both full-time and part-time modes of study depending on viability of student numbers.
The full-time mode normally takes place over one year. In semester A of Year 1, students take the core modules of Managing Successful Projects and Managing Operational Risks, followed in semester B of Year 1 by Accounting & Financial Control, and Managing People & Transformation. Students will normally complete the Postgraduate Dissertation Module during the summer if September entry or spring if February entry, but only if they have completed the taught part of the programme.
The part-time mode normally takes place over two years. In semester A of Year 1 students take the module Managing Successful Projects, followed in semester B of Year 1 by Accounting & Financial Control. In semester A of Year 2 students take Managing Operational Risks, followed in semester B by Managing People & Transformation. Students will normally complete the Postgraduate Dissertation during the summer of Year 2 if September entry, or spring if February entry, but only if they have completed the taught part of the programme.
It should be noted that research methods and project support workshops will be held as part of the Dissertation to ensure that both February and September start students are appropriately supported, in addition to individual supervision and project groups/learning sets.
The programme offers two intermediate awards: a Postgraduate Certificate awarded following successful completion of 60 credits, and a Postgraduate Diploma for achieving 120 credits. However, given the relevance of the content to the named awards, students will need to have passed Managing Successful Projects and Managing Operational Risks to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate, additionally Accounting & Financial Control and Managing People & Transformation to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma.
The programme will utilise various teaching and learning strategies, including:
* Formal lectures to present the theoretical concepts, models and theories necessary to understand Project Management at the appropriate level;
* Seminars and workshops where the students have an opportunity to investigate and understand specific areas of interest within Project Management, and discuss these with their peers and tutors;
* Analytical and applied skills-based activities, including case studies, where students have the opportunity to contextualise and apply their knowledge;
* Practical laboratory sessions to equip students with the necessary research skills to access the growing bodies of knowledge relating to Project Management;
* Guest lecturers and sessions to enable students to network within the Project Management community and enhance their future career opportunities;
* The explicit use of IT and e-learning materials to familiarise students with project support tools and integrated project learning environments.
For admission to postgraduate business and management programmes, applicants normally need to have either:
* An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised/accredited university with a minimum 2.2 classification, or equivalent
* Pass in a recognised Premasters or Masters Qualifying Programme
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.
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