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 postgraduate course for you.

Course information

Full-time

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

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Computing and Web

    Teesside has fantastic state-of-the-art facilities for web and computing students including a wide range of web, multimedia, network and programming studios. This environment prepares students for work in industry by promoting team work and the use of case studies, problem solving and methods such as peer programming.

 

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.

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

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September 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

e-Commerce Management

New technology typically brings both opportunities and risks: with the emergence of the internet, the opportunities and risks are enormous for entrepreneurs and business managers.

Capitalising on this commercial growth to build and manage an effective commercial web presence requires a sound combination of commercial acumen, technical understanding and effective operations management.

In this module you develop an e-commerce proposition by performing the appropriate commercial analysis, building the e-commerce application and managing the relevant business processes.

Assessment
You research and develop a business case, and produce and manage an appropriate-commerce solution to a case study scenario.

Information 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 equips you with the managerial standards, insights and techniques necessary to support the effective appraisal, deployment and operation of computer-based technologies and applications.

You learn how to address the challenges of information systems management, developing the knowledge and abilities vital for a successful career in IT management or business systems consultancy.

Assessment
You are required to undertake a management in-tray exercise to demonstrate your knowledge of IT management and your ability to employ relevant techniques to address and resolve associated managerial problems and concerns.

Managing Projects with PRINCE2®

This module allows you to work on a real/simulated project in an industry like context. You synthesize your previous knowledge and apply it to real life problems for typical client(s). The module emphasises key areas such as project management, client consultancy and teamwork.

The project management side focuses on the structure, processes and terminology of the PRINCE2® methodology allow you to apply and tailor PRINCE2® to address the needs and problems of the client(s).

You are assessed by two equally weighted components requiring working both individually and in groups.

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.

Research Methods for Computing

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 their masters project.

Risk Management in Projects

We provide you with an advanced level of study in risk management in projects. You explore a range of tools and techniques used in risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk-planning responses, PERT and risk monitoring. You learn about financial risk, project-appraisal methods and the application of a decision tree within a project.

You gain awareness of probability theory that represents the corner stone of risk management. Invited speakers from the industry give an overview of risk management in different projects; for example IT, finance, construction, and oil and gas. You work in groups on project case studies which apply risk management theory. In addition, you gain hands-on experience in applying the @RISK© tool to a variety of scenarios of risk factors. You develop a deep understanding of the systematic process of risk management and application of @RISK© software.

Strategic Project Management

You gain a strategic overview of the definition of what makes a project, and are able to consider the organisational implications and expectations centred on project initiation and delivery. We show you the way projects are constructed (in process terms) and managed. We don’t intend to turn you into deployable practitioners – this only comes with experience – rather provide you with a strategic overview of the nature of projects and provide a general understanding of what they may need to consider (including the language of projects) should you wish to undertake and/or participate in the management of projects in all their guises.

 

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.

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

1. Vocational internship – 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 will 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.

2. Research internship – 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.

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

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Course information

Full-time

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

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information