University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Project Management

Overview If you're ready to build on your business and management skills and eager to develop the skills you need for a successful career in project management, then our MSc Project Management degree course is for you. On this programme, you'll take your studies to postgraduate level and get to grips with the principles and practice of project management. You'll study strategic and practical approaches in different business environments and understand how the influence of successful project management on any organisation. And when you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need to contribute to the effectiveness of a business as a project manager. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Study key themes in the field, including Budgets and Commercial Management, People Management and Risk, and Project Investigation and Systems Methods Take part in live web-based chat forums, where you can discuss your work with lecturers and other students Hear from guest speakers, who will share their experience and advice as practising project managers Complete a dissertation on a related topic of your choice Have 24/7 access to our Library's electronic book, journal and database collections Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your project management skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities You'll graduate from this course with the ability to lead, or be part of, a team undertaking strategic projects, from initiation through to completion. You'll have the skills for a successful career as a senior project manager in the commercial sector. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued: Project management Consultancy Project planning Logistics Product development Public sector management Infrastructure planning and implementation Naval and Aerospace construction industries Doctorate level study in Project Management Professional accreditations This course is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class honours degree or equivalent, or sufficient evidence of both relevant work experience and academic potential to achieve the award. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You will complete a total of five units (including your dissertation) involving attendance of six or eight days for each unit. You will study several key topics covering areas of project management theory and methods, while gaining an insight into their practical application in a business context. Here are the units you will study: Project Environment and Planning: This unit covers projects and project management, with an emphasis on the importance of planning to successful projects. You will develop an understanding of the relationship between project and business management, as well as the project management environment and the factors that influence project outcomes. Strategic aspects of projects are addressed, including project selection and portfolio design. You will also learn how project managers must understand the benefits to be delivered by projects, the requirements of stakeholders and how to work within the constraints of cost, time and quality. Estimation methods and planning techniques are taught together with quality management. Budgets and Commercial Management: This unit introduces you to raising project finance, building, monitoring and controlling project budgets and measuring Earned Value of project deliverables. It also covers the commercial aspects of procurement including tendering, contracting and the skills and practices of contract and bid negotiation, providing you with the tools and techniques for managing project budgets. People Management and Risk: This unit develops a critical understanding of individual, team and organisational working in order to deliver project goals successfully. It covers how individual characteristics such as personality, intelligence, ability and skills, motivation and attitudes affect individual performance. You will learn how to empower individuals and teams to achieve quality standards which enhance personal team and organisational performance, together with the development of creative and credible leadership. It also examines the key challenges in the application of risk management frameworks and models in project management, crisis management and corporate governance. Project Investigation and Systems Methods: This unit explores the investigation of project issues through the use of a structured research methodology and project management analysis tools to enhance the research process. Wider strategic issues are explored to place the research process into context and to illustrate how appropriate research methods can be identified for specific types of research problems. You will also look at tools for the modelling and analysis of complex problem situations (including systems thinking, soft systems methods and influence diagrams) and how these can be used to diagnose problem situations to identify relevant areas for further investigation. Project management methodologies including PRINCE2, Partnering and Programme Management as a wider context for project management research issues are examined. You will produce a research proposal that brings together the use of research methodology and project systems in identifying, justifying and investigating a research question that will feed into the research conducted in your final dissertation. Dissertation: This unit enables you to deepen your understanding of an aspect of project management of your own choice. Many students choose to investigate topics which they intend to focus on in the next stage of their career. The unit is structured as a research project so you can demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research on a specific project management issue and effectively communicate your findings in an appropriate manner for a Master's degree. The ability to critically review and assess previous literature and research, and to demonstrate sustained intellectual effort in analysing a topic, are key elements of the dissertation.

Assessment methods

The units are structured as eight teaching blocks of three days of lectures, seminars and interactive syndicate work, with periods of self-managed study between blocks. Each of these will be assessed by coursework assignments. You will also produce a dissertation with guidance from a supervisor. The dissertation is structured as an independent research project to deepen your understanding of a chosen aspect of project management. Your choice of topic can contribute towards the next stage of your career by demonstrating your ability to identify, design, undertake and communicate your original research on a specific project management topic. Each unit will be assessed by coursework assignments. You will also produce a dissertation with guidance from a supervisor.n.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 7,350 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 15 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 15 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 15 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 15 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 15 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 15 Months

Campus details

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Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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