Business Project Management MSc
This accredited masters course is for individuals wishing to further their careers in project management or consultancy. In today's business environment, the skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. Organisations, businesses and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the strategic importance of effective project management for gaining a competitive advantage.
A masters degree in the rapidly growing area of project management will help develop skills that are highly sought-after globally in almost every sector.
This course is particularly relevant for professionals who wish to be able to run complex projects with a range of stakeholders, managing all phases to time and to budget.
This course is underpinned by the core competencies at the heart of the Association of Project Managers (APM), so you can be sure that what you learn is contemporary, relevant, and directly applicable in the workplace.
Our aim is to help you develop a range of technical skills that will be complemented by transferable soft skills so that you develop as an independent learner and thinker who is comfortable tackling the two key ideas in modern Business Project Management: choosing the right project and doing the project right. This means you'll be able to identify and select projects that are going to benefit an organisation, and then deliver them within the scope required, to the budget and on schedule. With that skill set, it isn't hard to see why graduates from this course are in high demand.
The course also provides professional training to gain a relevant project management certification examination, for instance PRINCE2. The course also provides further opportunities to gain certification in the following areas for a discounted rate via the university:
- PRINCE2® Foundation
- PRINCE2® Practitioner
- APM Introductory Certificate (IC)
- MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Foundation
- MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner
- MoP® (Management of Portfolio) Foundation
- MoV® (Management of Value) Foundation
- M_o_R® (Management of Risk) Foundation
- P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Office) Foundation
- AgilePM Foundation
- PPS (Programme and Project Sponsorship)
- Fundamentals of PRINCE2 project management
The module outlines the fundamental principles, methodologies, methods, techniques and tools that are used in PRINCE2 approach to project management.Project technical skills are developed through the practice of planning, executing and evaluating a new product, service or process.
- Business case development
The module outlines continued justification for the project. It highlights a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches used in the construction of a business case. Technical skills are developed in exploring costs, benefits, risks and schedules which are used to evaluate alternative project scenarios and provides the rationale for the preferred project option.
- Operational research and systems approaches
This module develops a range of quantitative and qualitative modelling skills with which financial and other information can be structured, manipulated and used for business decision support and project control and evaluation.
- Project: Value, innovation and change
This module provides a thorough grounding on how projects and organisations might deal with various aspects of innovation, value development as means of executing the scope of the project and management change from a business project perspectives. Following aspects of the MoV certification competencies.
- Fundamentals of AGILE project management
The module outlines the principles, methodologies, methods, techniques, tools and metaphors that are applied to scrum/agile projects via the AgilePM Foundation practices. Different scrum skills (i.e. soft and technical) are developed through the practice of an iterative and incremental process, and underpinned by a distinctive quality approach in order to produce a product for a business need.
- Quality standards and management
The module focuses on methodologies; methods and techniques used to enhance the quality of project. Various concepts, principles and models associated with contemporary quality approaches are examined and applied. Additionally, key product and process improvement standards are reviewed through quality auditing of ISO and standards management.
- Project risk management
This module examines the systematic process of identifying, analysing, monitoring, controlling and responding to mitigate project risk as considered through M_o_R certification and also develop an understanding as a PMO the principles of P3O, P3M3 and PPS. The module brings together tools to enhance positive project objectives while dealing with negatives concerns and considering project risk management and finance.
- Research methods
The module enables you to use and undertake different types of Business Project Management research. Various research strategies and associated methodologies, methods, techniques and tools are examined and practiced. Additionally, these strategies and approaches are linked with business Project Management metaphors and scientific philosophies to develop your dissertation of a business project management theme.
The dissertation aims to bring together all the various methodologies considered in the course, giving you the chance to illustrate mastery in the field of project management.
A project manager plays a key role in helping businesses introduce change through the development of a new product, process or service. In order to succeed, you'll need to be highly adaptable and able to work in areas as diverse as IT, health services and education, local and national government, media and sport and leisure.
Practical application enhances skill set
This course is all about the practical application of theory. It comes to life through case studies and examples of a variety of businesses and organisations across the world, rather than existing only in the dusty pages of a textbook. This practical element, along with the understanding of key concepts and principles of identified approaches, enhances your professional competency and gives you the platform to work either in direct control of projects or in a research-based capacity looking at improving project processes, integrating projects with the business environment.
We're committed to helping you develop your employability. That commitment means that we've worked hard to make the course relevant to the industry that awaits you, but in a competitive marketplace, we're also able to help you go even further.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity to publish research dissertations and gain project management experience, which can only add to your employability.
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Dr Sara Hasani is a senior lecturer in project management in the Department of Business and Enterprise, School of Business.
A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.
Teaching and learning
In addition to addressing the APM's core competencies, the course has five objectives which underpin it:
- Enabling change through combining traditional techniques such as cash flow spreadsheets with innovative new ideas, like qualitative system dynamics
- Applying soft and hard analysis approaches associated with Operational Research and Systems Movement
- Applying PRINCE2 and MS Project theories and practices/
- Developing a critical understanding of different research methods and methodologies for project management
We've developed this course with three interconnected areas in mind of profession, practice and research. As a result, every module is built with an awareness of the requirements of project management bodies such as the APM (in the UK) and the Project Management Institute (in the USA). The bodies of knowledge of these organisations are combined with PRINCE2 project management methodology and MS Project, and applied to real world project assignments that will also require the application of a variety of methodologies and techniques to give you invaluable practical experience, which you can further enhance through work placements undertaken while studying for your dissertation.
Our academic team then take all of this knowledge and experience and develop and apply new theories and approaches as part of their research, which in turn influences how project management develops as a discipline. Lecturing staff have a history of publishing dissertations, with postgraduate students, in journals and conferences. Moreover, staff regularly chair project management streams at Business Research Methodology and Operational Research conferences
We expect you to have some practical experience in business, but the precise amount will vary on how relevant your Bachelors degree is to Business Project Management.
- A bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. business, business analytics, management science, economics or finance) or at least 2:2 (honours) or Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division and at least two years' experience working in business.
- A bachelor's degree in a non-relevant subject of at least 2:2 (honours) standard, and at least five years' experience working in business.
- We are happy to consider other qualifications combined with appropriate experience that are equivalent to the amounts outlined above.
- You'll be expected to have first-hand appreciation of general business processes, business planning cycles and the general business environment. We expect you to have been involved in business decision making at an operational level, and to have supported strategy development at a departmental level. You'll also have some quantitative business skills and be familiar with handling and manipulating quantitative data which could have been acquired either through a relevant bachelor degree or via five years' work experience.
The quantitative business skills we are looking for from you are:
- The ability to use appropriate ICT to investigate, analyse and summarise numerical data.
- A knowledge of the standard mathematical models used to support decision making in an area of business activity such as accounting, finance, forecasting, investment, risk analysis, production planning, inventory control etc.
- The ability to produce and interpret reports produced in support of quantitative decision making in an area of business such as those listed in the bullet point above
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