Postgraduate study
Computing & Web

MSc IT Project Management

If you want to study a general project management master’s degree with an IT flavour, this is the course for you. It offers a range of project management skills useful in many subject areas, plus skills that are particularly useful in IT project management. You also study IT-related management skills within information systems and e-commerce.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information

 

There are two routes you can choose from to gain an MSc IT Project Management:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September and January start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)

This course develops your project management knowledge to a high level. You learn how to use PRINCE2 - a project management method used to manage, control and organise projects. You also learn about key principles of project management for a wider range of disciplines such as strategic project management and risk management. You integrate essential IT management topics around e-commerce and information systems management and develop sufficient technical and interpersonal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of IT management.

During this course you increase your intellectual ability for analysis and synthesis at the level of postgraduate research. You achieve this by studying research methods and undertaking a major individual project. The course encourages enterprise and progression towards further research, including MPhil and/or PhD.

Course structure

Core modules

Collaborative Working †

Contemporary project management requires both the integration and orchestration of a diverse range of human resources and talent - the project team - and the ability for these individuals to operate remotely. You will investigate the nature of modern project teams and how effective working relations can be cultivated amongst such diversely talented experts. You will also explore the communication tools and collaborative working techniques available to managers and project teams to facilitate effective coordination and project delivery from a human resources perspective.This module will be closely linked to the Project Cybernetics module.

Information Technology Systems Management

Digital technologies are essential to the operation of modern enterprise but it is effective management of such resources that is vital to delivering bottom-line, business results.

This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the managerial perspective, and you will be introduced to a suite of relevant tools and techniques to apply in an IT context. You will also cultivate the necessary understanding required to support effective appraisal and management of computing resources in a modern enterprise.

Master’s Project: IT Project Management

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth, individual study in an aspect of your course. Normally IT project management master’s projects are drawn from commercial, industrial or research-based problem areas. The project involves you in researching and investigating aspects of your area of study and then producing a major deliverable, for example software package or tool, design, web-site and research findings. You also critically evaluate your major deliverable, including obtaining third party evaluation where appropriate.

The major deliverable(s) are presented via a poster display, and also via a product demonstration or a conference-type presentation of the research and findings. The research, project process and evaluation is reported via a paper in the style of a specified academic conference or journal paper. The written report, the major deliverable and the your presentation of the product are assessed.

The project management process affords supported opportunities for goal setting, reflection and critical evaluation of achievement.

Measurement Driven Project Management

Project management is a strategic competency for many of today’s organizations. It requires companies to embrace a wide variety of project types, which involves using a diverse range of metrics extending beyond the traditional management control models of cost, quality and time.

You explore how metrics can drive modern project management, and the modelling and development of project management dashboards for regulation, control and reporting purposes.

Assessment is 100% individual in course assessment – to design and implement a dashboard solution for a project management metrics requirement.

Philosophies, Tools and Technologies

Contemporary project management is an evolving and extensive discipline that has grown substantially to meet the needs of modern project management demands. This module cultivates detailed and critical awareness of this domain and its expanding range of philosophies, tools and frameworks. You will be introduced to the expanding discipline of project management and familiarise yourself with modern and contemporary project management modalities and the importance of effective project management to organisational functioning, enterprise growth and development.

Project Cybernetics †

Cybernetics is a cross-disciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems - their structures, constraints, and possibilities. You will explore, in detail, established and widely-recognised governance standard methods such as PRINCE2®. You will work on a simulated project brief to build your understanding and critically review a governance methodology. The module will focus on the structure, processes, documentation, terminology but also tailoring of a particular governance method in order to plan for a specific project brief. This module will be closely linked to the Collaborative Working module. Note: PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of the Cabinet Office.

Research Methods

You gain the knowledge and skills to understand the research process in computing and digital media, and the necessary skills to undertake your masters project. You learn how to use and critically evaluate previous academic research, and to generate good evidence material to justify their professional practice. This involves you learning about different research strategies and data generation methods and how they fit into the development lifecycle and the evaluation of the user experience, the use of the academic research literature, and research ethics.

Assessment involves you preparing a research proposal which can form the basis of your master's project.

 

† These two modules must be taken together as they have an integrated assessment

Advanced practice

Internship

The internship options are:

Vocational: spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who could offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Research: develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.


 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Lectures introduce and develop material, and include research issues and recent developments as appropriate. You explore subjects in-depth through tutor-led seminars, practical workshops, individual or group research, and by contributing to discussion forums.

Lectures, discussion seminars and online discussions develop your intellectual skills. Many modules use directed self-study and research to develop your critical evaluation skills.

We use lectures, including presentations from guest external practitioners, deliver relevant subject-specific content. Practical work includes case studies from real scenarios.

Core themes throughout the course include developing your transferable skills, self-managed learning and professional development. Methods include group-based activities and discussions, self-directed learning and research, and tutor-led workshops.

How you are assessed

We assess most learning outcomes by individual coursework, including case studies and essays, with critical evaluation of processes or products, and evidence of research into a specified area. We are very experienced in assessing group work with a research profile in that area. Your assessment starts within a group, with a clear emphasis on process as well as product, but proceeds to your individual assessment by a variety of means.

You are also assessed through an individual portfolio of technical work to a professional standard and a presentation to tutors on your research findings.

Career opportunities

From the beginning of your programme, we prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Entry requirements

  • 2.2 degree (or above) in any subject or significant professional experience
  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) for international students.


For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information