Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Project Management (with Advanced Practice)

Project management processes are about implementing methodologies, knowledge, skills and techniques to successfully accomplish projects in an efficient and effective manner. 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

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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This course develops the competencies required by project managers in the modern engineering, manufacturing, construction, telecom, process, oil and gas industries.

You 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, and management of change. In addition, you also undertake a major research project that allows you to specialise in a field of interest to you.

You have access to our IT Laboratory installed with SYNCHRO software and @RISK® risk analysis tool. SYNCHRO is the 4D BIM construction scheduling and project management software. The software can validate and optimise project plan years before you start construction, and it supports effective communication in a visual environment for all project stakeholders. You will learn to use the software, integrate the schedule and 3D model, assess and review the integrated model.

@RISK® is a risk analysis tool widely used in Fortune 100 companies and engineering organisations. The software uses Monte Carlo simulations to visualise all possible outcomes in uncertain situations using quantitative analyses. You will also learn how to use the software, develop models, simulations, sensitivity analysis and interpret risk model outputs. The @RISK® manual helps you to identify, assess and control risks in engineering projects using Monte Carlo simulation as a risk analysis method.

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate master’s award:

• MSc Project Management – one year full time
• MSc Project Management – two years part time
• MSc Project Management (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification.

The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme.

A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.

We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

Course structure

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.

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

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.

Procurement and Contract Strategies

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.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


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.

The Management of 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.

 

Advanced Practice options

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 if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, 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.

 

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 are a key feature in your learning. We invite project managers from organisations from diverse engineering sectors (for example, manufacturing, process, oil and gas, construction, telecoms, IT, finance) as industry speakers on the course.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive engineering research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

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

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

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.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree (or equivalent) qualification. We accept a range of degree subjects including applied science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and management.

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

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information