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Project Management

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Gain the necessary skills to become a Project Management Practitioner of the PMI, the world’s leading professional association for project managers
  • Study a degree backed by cutting-edge research to become a practitioner in this fast-growth business sector
  • Put project management theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The Project Management programme will challenge you to develop your knowledge and skills in current Project Management theories, industry trends, tools and techniques. The programme reflects the current research trends and best practice in the industry.

Our teaching team consists of PM academics and practitioners who are actively involved in research; you will learn from them about the latest developments in areas such as Benefits management and realisation, Strategy focus and Output-driven Project Management. New developments in technologies that promote remote and digital Project Management will also be covered.

The course offers the opportunity to explore substantial technical elements and advances in Project Management in relation to Operations, Logistics and Supply chain optimisation, through specifically designed modules.

Our expertise is supported by input from industry partners such as Jaguar Landrover, Brother International and Manchester Airport who have helped to develop the programme. You will have the opportunity to learn from other students, expert guest lecturers and from your interaction with the Association of Project Management (APM) invited speakers and events.

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

One of the reasons I chose to study at University of Salford Business School, was the possibility of a placement experience in a company whilst writing the dissertation. I believe that the practical work experience you can gain from this postgraduate programme is unique; it gives you a different angle on the dissertation, as well as possibly opening doors to permanent employment.

Pernille Doxrud, MSc Project Management 2015-16
https://youtu.be/aMPJhId6ygM

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6-week blocks.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

SEMESTER 1  

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.
Through this module you will critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of operations and information management. Operations and Information Management provides you with an overview of how to improve different types of operations and information systems as well as contributing to a company’s competitiveness and strategy.  

SEMESTER 2  

The Procurement Risk and Contract Management module provides you with an overview of project risk and aids you in the development of the skills needed to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments.  
In Advanced Project and Logistics Management you will evaluate contemporary research in logistics and project management, critically analyse advances in project and programme management and review emerging technologies and innovations in logistics and project management such as big data analytics and virtual technologies.

SEMESTER 3

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree.  You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Business Innovation Project.

An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem.  You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.
This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect the commercial reality of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.    You will produce a group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report for assessment.
This involves working on a company project. You will spend a minimum of three days per week on the project brief with a total of 300 hours being available to complete the project. You will normally be based in the University but will spend significant time in the organisation.  The majority of internships are voluntary unpaid positions, but you will gain significant real-world experience. In many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.  You will produce a 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation for assessment.
The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning.  You will work full time with your employer for four to six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project.  You will produce a portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • You can undertake your placements with your sponsor or employing organisation.
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is ideal if you are a graduate from a business or management-related subject, or if you have work experience that has incorporated a project management role. It may also appeal if you are a graduate from another discipline wanting to move into project management.

Applicant profile

Your background may be in business, management or other subject areas. We are particularly interested in candidates who are looking to develop a career in the management of complex projects.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,550
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Additional Costs

Students may wish to register for professional body membership at an additional cost of £20. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section. Please note, students on the distance learning option through our partner, Robert Kennedy College, are not eligible for a student loan.

Teaching

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr. Kevin Kane

Course leader MSc Project Management

Dr Kevin Kane has taught project management for over 20 years. He has practical experience in the field having worked overseas for eight years as a project management consultant and also in the UK before entering academia. He is treasurer of the Northwest branch of the Association of Project Management which is the largest professional body of its kind in the UK. He is a Registered Project Professional which is the highest award of the APM and places him in the top 5% of project managers.

Employability

You will have excellent opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become a project team member, manager, or project leader. Project management graduates are in high demand across the public, private and third-sector. This course also offers great opportunities if you are looking to develop a consultancy or business.

Career Prospects

Our Graduates are highly sought after in construction, IT, engineering, and the public sector, and many go on to successfully become project managers in aerospace, construction, business services, NGOs, charities, museums and social enterprises. Other graduates often progress to become business owners and consultants.

Alumni Profile

Connor Ricks

Project management consultancy London:

The course has prepared me well for a career in the dynamic and demanding world of project management where you are judged on your performance everyday and you are only as good as your last successful project.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

I did my internship at the University Hospital of South Manchester (now, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust), Wythenshawe.  I was responsible for managing a project as part of the cost improvement programme. The project involved reviewing the governance and existing process around the mobile communication device within the Trust, suggesting areas of waste and making recommendations on the elimination/ reduction of such wastes.

As a project management student, I learnt that realistically, projects do not always work to plan and a project manager needs to be proactive in making decisions (using project gateways) that will help to avoid the abandoning of important projects.

My experience as an intern project manager has laid a solid foundation for me and has given me the hope of a bright future in the project management career.

Temitope Omojaro, MSc Project Management, 2018

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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