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.
This programme is also available as a full-time programme and as MSc Project Management with Advanced Practice which includes either an internship or a project.
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 one examination.
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.
For each module you can expect 36 hours of overall contact time delivered through interactive workshops and face-to-face classroom sessions. You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 3-4 hours per week. This will be supported by your module tutor and will consist of pre-class reading preparation, research, assessment preparation, development and writing as well as skills development.
The assessment for this programme is 100% coursework, including online tests, assignments, presentations and group work.
You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.
Careers and further study
This MSc Project Management programme has successfully attained academic accreditation by the Association for Project Management (APM). The APM, through its academic accreditation process, assesses programmes and modules to help students and professionals choose the best education available in support of their project management careers. Our APM Academic Accreditation identifies that the MSc Project Management programme at Northumbria University is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition.
This course will open up opportunities in project management roles in many industries. Past Northumbria University graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies such as BAE Systems, Volvo Car Group, NHS, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Shell and Virgin Money. Job roles have included project managers, programme managers, project portfolio managers, management consultants, business developers, entrepreneurs, quality managers and directors.
The average UK (median) project management salary, as identified in a 2018 Salary and Market Trends Survey undertaken by the Association for Project Management (APM) is £47,500.
Upon successfully completing your course, you may be eligible to further your skills with Professional Pathway programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. The pathways offer you an excellent opportunity to undertake professional training at the end of your Masters from one of the UK’s leading corporate training providers, further enhancing your learning from your Advanced Practice route. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.
Meet your Programme Leader, Phil Thomas:
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