Online Degree MSc in Project Management

General Track

The online MSc in Project Management programme (General Track) has six core modules and two elective modules, a Personal Development Portfolio and culminates in a dissertation or consultancy project.

The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Specialisations

The online MSc in Project Management programmes in Construction and Infrastructure, Information Technology, and Oil and Gas have six core modules and two specialisation modules, a Personal Development Portfolio and a dissertation or consultancy project.

The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core Modules

  1. Project and Portfolio Management in Organisations
  2. Planning for Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity
  3. Executing Controlling and Closing Projects
  4. Sustainable Programme and Portfolio Management
  5. Strategic Purchasing Management
  6. Leading and Managing Project Teams
Objectives:

To investigate project management as a key management paradigm, looking at the impact of projects and portfolios within an organisational context as well as understanding project leadership that achieves organisational goals.

Description:

This module introduces you to key principles and strategies for effective project management in today’s highly competitive global marketplace and to the terminology used by professional bodies such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and APM. You will consider current research and trends in the field and will gain a deeper understanding of the roles of key participants and the project manager throughout each stage of a project lifecycle. You will hone your leadership skills, learn how best to support and guide team members and how to work effectively amid the constraints of time and budget and disruptions of project uncertainty.

Objectives:

To provide students with the appropriate techniques needed to plan, monitor and control projects while understanding project complexity in terms of uncertainty and risk.

Description:

The module emphasis here is on planning time and resources. This is demonstrated through the development of a comprehensive project plan, including a supporting cost control plan and a risk management plan. As a student, you will gain a greater understanding of project risk, uncertainty and complexity and learn how to apply suitable techniques to plan, monitor and control work packages and projects.

Objectives:

To introduce the processes of executing, controlling and closing projects.

Description:

Execution and Control is a critical phase in any project. This module introduces processes, tools and techniques for putting project plans into practice while establishing necessary monitoring and control structures to handle issues that could influence a project’s smooth progress. As a student, you will also focus on project scope and appropriate corrective actions needed to maintain quality and project performance.

Objectives:

To promote sustainability as a key issue in modern project management and to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage multiple projects.

Description:

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of all aspects of programme and portfolio management. You will investigate sustainability – social equity, economic efficiency and environmental performance management – looking at key issues including the project life cycle. You will also learn the principles and techniques of managing multiple projects – including supply chain benchmarking, resource scheduling in a corporate environment, and change management.

Objective

To provide an understanding of the purchasing function as a key contributor to commercial success.

Description

In this module, you will gain an appreciation of the critical role that purchasing plays in contributing to an organisation’s success. Working with other students, you will explore issues relating to contracts – including tendering, bidding and order management processes – and will critically evaluate purchasing strategies, tools and constraints including sourcing, supplier development and supplier-client relationships. The module also considers the legal, commercial and socio-economic implications of purchasing strategies.

Duration

8 weeks

Objectives:

To equip students with an understanding of leadership and people management in a contemporary project environment.

Description:

This module provides an opportunity for you to extend your knowledge of project management by gaining a deep understanding of how to manage people and provide leadership throughout the life of a project. It introduces the terminology used by professional practitioners and institutions such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the APM. As a student, you will learn the theories and principles of leadership and project team management as well as the tools and techniques for putting these into practice.

The Electives

General Track students choose 2 modules from the list of electives.

Students studying for a degree with a specialisation take 2 of the electives as specialisation modules.

Elective modules

You can tailor your MSc in Project Management to your professional goals and aspirations. Under the General Track, you can choose two electives. The specialisations in Construction and Infrastructure, Information Technology, and Oil and Gas each consist of two specialisation modules.

  1. Elective Modules
  2. Total Quality Management
  3. Strategic Operations Management
  4. Management of Energy
  5. Oil & Gas Management
  6. Enterprise Management Systems
  7. Managing Successful IS/IT Projects
  8. Tools and Techniques for Successful IS/IT Projects
  9. Integrated Infrastructure Project Management
  10. Project Management in Construction
  11. Analysis and Assessment of Business
  12. Construction and Infrastructure Specialisation
  13. Integrated Infrastructure Project Management
  14. Project Management in Construction
  15. Informaton Technology Specialisation
  16. Managing Successful IS/IT Projects
  17. Tools and Techniques for Successful IS/IT Projects
  18. Oil and Gas Specialisation
  19. Management of Energy
  20. Oil & Gas Management

Objective

To provide an understanding of the key principles, tools and techniques of quality management in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing organisations.

Description

This module helps students to acquire a working knowledge of the tools and techniques of quality management and a framework for understanding quality development. You will learn how to apply relevant techniques to improve an organisation’s competitive position and customer satisfaction. The module covers both the ‘hard’, technical aspects of quality (tools such as sampling, SPC, FMEA and QFD) as well the ‘soft’, managerial aspects (for example, the EFQM Excellence Model and Benchmarking).

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To demonstrate that operations strategies can deliver competitive advantage.

Description

In this module, you will examine modern business drivers and competitive performance (time compression, responsiveness, waste elimination, etc.), and will learn how to achieve a competitive advantage through operations management. Among the topics covered in this module are globalisation and supply chains; agility and efficient consumer response; and operations performance measurement. Within each topic, you will analyse leading operational practice.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To introduce the framework, concepts and principles associated with managing international energy markets.

Description

This module is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of international energy markets and with the skills to analyse those markets from a managerial perspective. As well as considering a range of high level financial, market, and geopolitical factors that affect energy companies, you will gain an understanding of the economics of renewable energy, energy risk management and energy pricing. You will reflect on the considerations to be made in financing large energy projects, and gain an appreciation of the role of policy and sentiment in shaping the energy industry globally and regionally.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To acquire intricate knowledge of the international oil, gas and energy industries.

Description

This module explores economic concepts, tools, definitions and accepted practices of the international energy markets. As a student, you will develop the ability to analyse economic markets and add value to the energy sector through the application of analysis tools for decision making. Studying topics such as product stream forecasting, risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting and the economic analysis of operations, you will gain knowledge that can fuel your career advancement in the oil, gas, petroleum and other energy industries.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an understanding of the roles and functions of enterprise systems and business information management, with particular focus on supply chain management.

Description

The Enterprise Management Systems module will help you understand the role enterprise systems and business information management play in relation to the supply chain. You will study a range of enterprise system architectures and applications in order to be able to specify developmental approaches and architectures of enterprise systems in a given business context.

Duration

8 weeks

Objectives:

To provide a framework for leadership and delivery of IS/IT projects that support business success.

Description:

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the interrelationship between technological change and the strategic role that technology plays in sustaining a successful business. As a student, you will gain insight into the professional, technological and organisational challenges – including ethical issues and risks – that impinge on the management of complex technology projects across small-, medium-sized and global business environments. You will also analyse a variety of approaches to planning and delivering IS/IT projects, including Information System Development Methodologies (ISDM), outsourcing, and custom versus off-the-shelf products. Finally, the module provides you with an opportunity to acquire the skills to develop and lead culturally diverse technical teams.

Objectives:

To introduce the tools, techniques and skills required to apply success strategies to contemporary IS/IT project management.

Description:

In this module, you will learn to address a technical project’s unique characteristics, challenges and risks in order to deliver solutions that meet strategic needs and provide stakeholder value. You will enhance your ability to critically evaluate approaches for planning, scheduling, implementing and controlling IS/IT projects as well as to identify the most appropriate technologies to use. You will acquire the tools and techniques to define and manage costs and to manage virtual teams in distributed environments. The module also evaluates procedures for managing interfaces with legacy systems, vendors and end users.

Objectives:

To introduce the concepts and practices associated with infrastructure management and assess the methods, tools and techniques necessary for effective civil infrastructure portfolio management.

Description:

Your understanding of how infrastructure projects interact with society and the environment will develop considerably during this module. The module investigates complex challenges involved in managing large public infrastructure systems in the 21st century and explores subject matters such as financial sustainability, environmental impact factors and management approaches. As a student, you will evaluate the role and technical constraints of governmental agencies and other stakeholder groups, learning how to balance various needs – from securing vital infrastructure to providing cost-effective services for the public.

Objectives:

Construction projects are complex, expensive and usually involve multi-disciplinary teams working together. This module aims to examine project management as it applies to the construction sector.

Description:

This module prepares you for the rigours of managing construction projects with an investigation of risk and resource management, health and safety, supply chain logistics and contractual implications. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the process, nature and market factors that impact contemporary construction projects and will study the practical and commercial aspects in the project life cycle. The module also explores current and recent developments within the sector and analyses the fundamentals of construction business decisions.

Objectives:

To develop students’ understanding of the processes involved in managing organisations including strategic management, financial statement analysis, and benchmarking.

Description:

This module is designed to equip you with the skills to interpret business health and performance using a range of financial and non-financial measures. You will learn how to extract information from financial statements, developing the skills to identify success factors within chosen market sectors. You will consider how effective operations performance can support and deliver business success, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the management challenges faced by organisations in a global environment.

Objectives:

To introduce the concepts and practices associated with infrastructure management and assess the methods, tools and techniques necessary for effective civil infrastructure portfolio management.

Description:

Your understanding of how infrastructure projects interact with society and the environment will develop considerably during this module. The module investigates complex challenges involved in managing large public infrastructure systems in the 21st century and explores subject matters such as financial sustainability, environmental impact factors and management approaches. As a student, you will evaluate the role and technical constraints of governmental agencies and other stakeholder groups, learning how to balance various needs – from securing vital infrastructure to providing cost-effective services for the public.

Objectives:

Construction projects are complex, expensive and usually involve multi-disciplinary teams working together. This module aims to examine project management as it applies to the construction sector.

Description:

This module prepares you for the rigours of managing construction projects with an investigation of risk and resource management, health and safety, supply chain logistics and contractual implications. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the process, nature and market factors that impact contemporary construction projects and will study the practical and commercial aspects in the project life cycle. The module also explores current and recent developments within the sector and analyses the fundamentals of construction business decisions.

Objectives:

To provide a framework for leadership and delivery of IS/IT projects that support business success.

Description:

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the interrelationship between technological change and the strategic role that technology plays in sustaining a successful business. As a student, you will gain insight into the professional, technological and organisational challenges – including ethical issues and risks – that impinge on the management of complex technology projects across small-, medium-sized and global business environments. You will also analyse a variety of approaches to planning and delivering IS/IT projects, including Information System Development Methodologies (ISDM), outsourcing, and custom versus off-the-shelf products. Finally, the module provides you with an opportunity to acquire the skills to develop and lead culturally diverse technical teams.

Objectives:

To introduce the tools, techniques and skills required to apply success strategies to contemporary IS/IT project management.

Description:

In this module, you will learn to address a technical project’s unique characteristics, challenges and risks in order to deliver solutions that meet strategic needs and provide stakeholder value. You will enhance your ability to critically evaluate approaches for planning, scheduling, implementing and controlling IS/IT projects as well as to identify the most appropriate technologies to use. You will acquire the tools and techniques to define and manage costs and to manage virtual teams in distributed environments. The module also evaluates procedures for managing interfaces with legacy systems, vendors and end users.

Objective

To introduce the framework, concepts and principles associated with managing international energy markets.

Description

This module is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of international energy markets and with the skills to analyse those markets from a managerial perspective. As well as considering a range of high level financial, market, and geopolitical factors that affect energy companies, you will gain an understanding of the economics of renewable energy, energy risk management and energy pricing. You will reflect on the considerations to be made in financing large energy projects, and gain an appreciation of the role of policy and sentiment in shaping the energy industry globally and regionally.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To acquire intricate knowledge of the international oil, gas and energy industries.

Description

This module explores economic concepts, tools, definitions and accepted practices of the international energy markets. As a student, you will develop the ability to analyse economic markets and add value to the energy sector through the application of analysis tools for decision making. Studying topics such as product stream forecasting, risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting and the economic analysis of operations, you will gain knowledge that can fuel your career advancement in the oil, gas, petroleum and other energy industries.

Duration

8 weeks

Dissertation

Personal Development Portfolio

Alongside the core modules, students will each reflect on their progress in a Personal Development Portfolio designed to further their success as learners, practitioners and professionals.


Dissertation or Consultancy Project

Students complete their MSc with either a dissertation or a consultancy project. An academic supervisor provides support throughout the research and writing process.


Dissertation

Students selecting the “dissertation” path will identify an appropriate research topic, critically select and apply appropriate research methodology and data collection methods to their chosen research topic, and demonstrate a rigorous understanding of the theory and literature relevant to the issues under investigation.


Consultancy project

Students will work on a specific project for an organisation. The organisation selected will function as the “client” and is normally an employer or another organisation with which the student is familiar. The aim of this path is to enable students to undertake a self-managed process of systematic practitioner inquiry within the management domain.

Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all modules will be offered in every calendar year.