Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £10,500 *
International Fees £13,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

In today’s business environment, effective project management is an integral influencer of success. Additionally, project management associated skills such as planning, risk management, quality management and communication management are essential to control the increasingly complex projects that allow top organisations to remain competitive in the global market. A Masters in project management is sought after by many organisations, both in the public and the private sector. The course is suitable for graduates in business, computing and engineering, with an affinity for organising, running or participating in projects.

The course is designed to equip you with a set of tested skills for planning, delegating, monitoring and controlling projects in a traditional and in an agile way. The course gives you the knowledge and tools to help implement strategies for change, in a sustainable way, in order to influence progress within a company or organisation. You will also learn the governance framework of running a project and how to handle the associated risks.

The project management processes that you will learn on this course are aligned with the Project Management Bodies of Knowledge by the Project Management Institute and are widely accepted as best practice in the area of project management.

This course involves both theoretical and practical content. It offers you the chance to build on your first degree or work experience with a range of knowledge and skills, enabling you to successfully manage the increasing number of projects instigated by organisations seeking to improve their value proposition.

The course is accredited both by the Association of Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession in the UK and by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It also provides you with the opportunity to attain the much sought after PRINCE2®, Foundation and Practitioner certification or AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner certification. The course will give you an understanding and an evaluation of a number of other popular professional qualifications, such as M_o_R® and MSP® (PRINCE2®, MSP®, M_o_R® have been developed by the Cabinet Office and are registered trademarks of AXELOS Ltd. AgilePM® is a registered trademark of Agile Business Consortium).

This course covers and critically evaluates the prevailing project management bodies of knowledge.

The programme mission

To shape the future of the professional life of its graduates by offering a programme that is diverse and vibrant in an inspirational learning environment that embeds internationalisation, employability and professionalism in all aspects of its delivery.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

The first two modules follow on from one another. In Foundations we lay the foundations of project management, like planning, monitoring and controlling, focusing on the more technical skills of the profession. In the Practice module we concentrate more on the behavioural aspects of projects, such as leadership and team work. The two modules together provide a critical overview of the project management world.
The other core modules discuss other aspects of project management such as risk management, scheduling, project finance, strategic alignment and procurement. To complete their studies, all students complete a practical or a research project.

Core modules

An introduction to the project management bodies of knowledge and an explanation of the key technical principles and themes that inform them.

The sociotechnical dimensions of project management (e.g. leadership, teamwork, problem solving, negotiation, politics, quality, change etc.) are critically evaluated using recent publications as a starting point.

The module will give you a working knowledge of agile project management methodologies, tools and techniques. You will develop an understanding of agile methods and practical skills in applying agile tools and techniques in projects using AgilePM. The module critically evaluates various agile methodologies for project management such as Scrum and Kanban. The module will enable you to practice aspects of applying agile principles and methods needed to manage agile projects in IT, digital services and other knowledge-based industries.

The importance of programme management and its fit with corporate strategy is introduced and the challenges of managing programmes and portfolios explored.

The finance skills required by a project or programme manager are exposed and explored and the challenges of procurement in a project environment analysed.

A project dissertation on an approved topic, relevant to the focus of the course. Students are encouraged to use and further evaluate the project management tools, techniques and methods acquired through the taught part of the course. The final project is an important part of the MSc, worth the equivalent of three taught modules. A supervisor is assigned to guide the student into producing a substantive report either about a real deliverable or a dissertation on a current project management research topic, based on the collection of primary data.

Option modules

Responding to today’s highly complex environment, the module looks at risk management in a contemporary way, highlighting the differences between ordinary and complex projects in relation to risks. Hence, the module provides an understanding of the principles of risk management and governance. It introduces the concept of “project complexity” and its implications to risk management. The module covers risk analysis techniques and how decisions are accordingly made under a highly dynamic and constantly changing context. In this sense, the module looks at “managing change” from the perspective of the risks involved.

The module studies the additional challenges faced by international projects from a theoretical and a practical standpoint.

The module focuses on the selection, development and maintenance of effective and efficient teams throughout the duration of the construction project. It also covers the principles of team selection, group dynamics and appraisal, and the process of identifying client requirements.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited both by the Association of Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession in the UK and by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

It also provides you with the opportunity to attain the much sought after PRINCE2®, Foundation and Practitioner certification or AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner certification. The course will give you an understanding and an evaluation of a number of other popular professional qualifications, such as M_o_R® and MSP®.

*PRINCE2®, MSP®, M_o_R® have been developed by the Cabinet Office and are registered trademarks of AXELOS Ltd. AgilePM® is a registered trademark of Agile Business Consortium.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, events management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines, such as engineering, IT, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, events management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines, such as engineering, IT, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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Careers

The majority of graduates start their career as project team members with a few, depending on their background, becoming project programme managers. Many work for large UK or international organisations as consultants or project managers.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
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    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £10,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £13,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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