Postgraduate study
Engineering

PgDip/MSc Project Management

Project management processes are about implementing methodologies, knowledge, skills and techniques to successfully accomplish projects in an efficient and effective manner. This course develops these competencies required by project managers in the modern engineering, manufacturing, construction, telecom, process, oil and gas industries. Whether you are managing a complex project, bringing a new product to market or managing an organisational change, this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to plan, implement, control and deliver your projects at strategic and operational levels.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: January and September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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You will gain significant analytical, interpersonal and practical competencies through tailored modules that cover advance planning and visualisation, risk management, procurement and contract strategy, health and safety, managing operations and finance, project management and enterprise, and managing change or PRINCE2®.

You will also undertake a major research project that allows you to specialise in a field of interest to you. Teesside University has a strong research record in project management. The course is suitable for new and recent university graduates seeking careers in project management, and to practitioners with relevant industrial experience intending to undertake project management roles and responsibilities in their organisations.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Modules

Core modules

Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation

This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of project planning and management. Students will explore a range of advanced planning and visualisation techniques used to increase cost and resource efficiency in engineering projects.

Managing Operations and Finance

This module examines the principles and practice of managing finances and operations within organisations. You look at how to manage resources efficiently and effectively within a dynamic environment using operational and financial information. You also examine the pressures and impact this has on organisational control.

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Procurement and Contract Strategy

This module aims at developing your knowledge and critical understanding of the types of procurement arrangements and contract strategies that are commonly used in the engineering sector, including construction, oil and gas, heavy civil engineering and production. It also provides an introduction to Contract Law to allow you to better understand the legal framework in which engineering companies and projects are managed.

Project Management and Enterprise

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully project manage new product developments focusing on project management skills and processes, quality assurance issues, new product development processes and statistical analysis techniques. It provides you with an opportunity to develop a project plan for a programme of research based on scientific literature, with particular reference to key concepts such as innovation, enterprise and originality.

This fundamental project management basis is interlinked with developing an understanding of entrepreneurial best practices to enable you to transfer your ideas into the commercial arena. This element of the module focuses on intellectual property rights, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, business start-up processes and includes an element of foresight thinking.

Research and Study Skills

This module is designed to introduce you to issues which relate to research and study beyond undergraduate level.

You explore issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, creating appropriate reference material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you are introduced to the notion of ethical research and given the opportunity to further your career skills.

Risk Management in Projects

This module enables you to understand the principles and process of risk management, how to identify the sources of risk, quantify the severity of identified risks, the options and opportunities involved in managing risk, and the mitigation strategies required to reduce the effects of identified risks in the financial, safety and environmental aspects of a project. You are introduced to Monte Carlo simulation, Delphi techniques, Ishikawa cause and effect diagrams, decision trees, PERT, using risk registers and risk management software.

 

and one optional module

Managing Change

This module develops your critical understanding of change management and the role of the change manager.

Key and relevant concepts, thinking and theories are integrated along with how managers manage in the context of change.

We also address the emergence of managers as leaders of change.

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.

 

MSc candidates

Project

Investigate an area of engineering or science for an extended period through a research project or design project, working independently at a level recognised as at the forefront of the discipline. You develop key research skills, applying and creating your knowledge through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study. You will demonstrate your capacity for comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals as a solution to the project topic. We support you through tutorials and/or one-to-one guidance but you require a high degree of autonomy.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Project modelling and case studies feature strongly in how you learn. Project managers from organisations from diverse engineering sectors (for example, manufacturing, process, oil and gas, construction, telecoms, IT, finance) are invited as industry speakers on the course.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, presentations and/or formal examinations.

Career opportunities

As a project manager, your skills will be in demand by companies and organisations worldwide. The most common industries include engineering, process and oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, digital, IT and telecoms. Average salaries are around £52,000. Experienced and high-profile project managers can earn upwards of £60,000 a year or around £600 a day for shorter projects or freelance work.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree, or equivalent qualification. A wide range of degree subjects are acceptable, including subjects in applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Non-UK students must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

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

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Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: January and September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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