Overview

Project management is a highly valuable skill, involving the coordination of multiple work streams to deliver projects on time, within budget and resource constraints, and according to stakeholder expectations. To be a successful project manager you need to be a strong communicator, with the leadership skills to inspire widespread engagement with the project.

This MSc Project Management will focus on developing your competence as a well-rounded project or programme leader alongside the wider leadership and management skills required to succeed in any organisation or sector. Live industry projects play a key role and have involved clients such as Volvo, Airbus, Balfour Beatty, the NHS and Google.

Key facts

  • Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
  • Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 18 weekends throughout the 2 year course
  • Develop your knowledge within the context of project environments, with a focus on the importance of people and project teams in achieving success
  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Charters Surveyors (RICS)
  • Undergraduate degree not essential for entry
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Course information

Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £7,650 (UK/EU)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university or work experience plus a relevant professional qualification
Mode of study: Part-time classroom
Duration: 2 years
Assessment methods: Coursework
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, May, September
Next application deadline: 26 May 2017
About this course

What will I study?

Our part-time MSc Project Management course is taught at our London Campus by our experienced academics and expert practitioners.

This MSc in Project Management will focus on developing your competence as a well-rounded project or programme leader alongside the wider leadership and management skills required to succeed in any organisation or sector.

Key study areas include risk and value management, project economics, project strategies, sustainable project management, and partnership and collaboration. You will develop your knowledge within the context of project environments, highlighting the importance of people and project teams in achieving success. Live industry projects play a key role and have involved clients such as Volvo, Airbus, Balfour Beatty, the NHS and Google.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This part-time programme is designed to allow you to fit your studies around your busy schedule and as such this work related award is delivered across 18 weekends over a two year period. It is also designed to allow you to relate your assessments back to your workplace, projects and programmes you are familiar or organisations in which you aspire to work. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no examinations.

Overall, the programme uses a combination of teaching and learning materials and techniques including:

  • Workshops delivered at weekends to enable face to face learning and interaction with fellow learners and tutors.
  • Self-study materials, providing knowledge and understanding, and helping you to apply ideas to your workplace.
  • Work-related assignments that give you an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and provide evidence of competence.
  • Face to face or on-line tutorials where required to support your learning.

We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.

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Applicants should have:

Standard entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above from a recognised university

Non-standard entry requirements

  • An equivalent professional qualification with 2 years professional practice experience in project management or a related field.
  • Mature applicants lacking standard academic qualifications may be considered for entry if s/he has demonstrable work experience over 5 years
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All modules on this course are core.

This module will explore the aspects and integration of project management activities and skills across the initial design, build and commissioning phases of complex products and extensions of these in the lifecycle support systems, coordination and communication in stakeholder engagement, intense markets, and markets that require agility.

In this module you will explore leadership issues, critically reviewing a range of models and practices with particular emphasis on the leader as a communicator and negotiator. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches to organisational analysis thus enabling you to challenge and critique, both organisational practice, and the theories, models and frameworks underpinning management, business and organisation. With a focus on developing you as a competent project leader, the module will develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, organisational leadership and management practices with progression to exploring alternative ways of ‘seeing’ organisation and organising.

Of all the variables that contribute to the success or failure of projects, the one that is most neglected, and therefore in need of the most attention, is the project team itself. This module aims to provide a clear and concise overview of the key concepts and theories of project, social and organization psychology pertaining to effective project team dynamics. Of equal importance, the module will also explore the key concepts and theories associated with management and organizational behaviour which influence people and project-orientated team working.

Effective project management involves the need to identify risks, make appropriate decisions, ensure effective governance, initiate and lead change and develop an engaged and performance focused team. This is the focus of this module, alongside developing your applied knowledge and skills in effective change management, risk management and decision making.

This module is designed to develop your knowledge and ability to practice as a Strategic Project Manager. In this module you will learn the various economic environments surrounding project organisations and project delivery, and examine the resources and constraints relating to strategic and financial decision-making for project formulation, initiation, delivery, and review. This module goes to assist in defining the levels of responsibility and directions of accountability required of a strategic project manager

Your postgraduate degree will culminate in the completion of an individually negotiated work or career based research project. This module will introduce you to effective research practice, providing you with an understanding of the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ that are associated with employing particular approaches to the collection and analysis of data. Awareness of research methodologies and methods will enable you to practice appropriate techniques and to implement methods accurately.

The module will build upon the concepts and theories presented during the research methods module. It will require you to develop, consolidate and apply your independent research, academic study and research project management skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice that is relevant to your programme of study, your workplace or your future career aspirations.

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Tuition fees: £7,650

This is the total fee for your 2 year programme including programme tuition, all course materials and assessments.

Payment plans

We offer an interest-free monthly payment plan available to all self-funded students after payment of your deposit.

Government Loan for Masters study

For the Academic Year 2016/17, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,000 for UK and EU students. If you enter either full-time or part-time postgraduate study after the 1st of August 2016, you could be eligible to receive this funding.

Payment plans and PGL

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the part-time MSc Project Management programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

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We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pt.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Details of two referees
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
  • An attached CV is desirable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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“The knowledge that I have gained through MA in Applied Project Management has been crucial and invaluable to my success.”

Fallon Mossdorf
MA in Applied Project Management (Part-Time)

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Our information sessions and webinars are a great way for you to find out more about your programme and how it can give your career an edge. You’ll also have the chance to meet our Programme Leaders and ask any questions you might have.

When do part-time classes run?
When do part-time classes run?

When do part-time classes run?

Fit your studies around your work and personal life with our part-time Masters programmes. Check our sample timetables for an indication of the timings of your classes.

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