Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Project Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

One year

Two year

Two year

Next enrolment

June 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Please note, September and November 2021 entries are now closed for international applications; we still have a small number of places for UK applicants. The next available start date is January 2022; we welcome applications for this and future dates.

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 is highly industry-focussed and culminates in a period of time on work experience.  You can choose between a 9-12 month paid placement or the 3-6 month Industry Collaboration Project.  Whichever you choose, you will put into practice the knowledge that you've learned.

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, along with the impact of increased automation, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing.

The course reflects current research trends and best practice in the industry.  We offer you 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.

Six good reasons to choose Salford Business School:

  1. Learn the latest techniques of agile project management
  2. Study with active industry practitioners
  3. Excellent links with industry and professional bodies
  4. Real-world learning on the unique Industry Collaboration Project
  5. Multiple start dates to fit with your life priorities
  6. Beautiful campus just minutes from Manchester city centre

International students should apply for the MSc route.

There is also a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

You will:
  • Develop the skills required for successful and agile project management
  • Learn from academics, industry experts and practitioners
  • Explore cutting edge research in areas such as benefits management
  • Explore key areas such as Data Analytics and Management of Complexity
  • Consider the impact of new technologies such as automation and AI
  • Put your learning into practice through either a paid Industry Placement or the Industry Collaboration Project
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a background in business or management

2.

You are looking to develop a career managing complex projects

3.

You are a critical thinker

4.

You are a good problem solver

5.

You want to improve your management and leadership skills

6.

You enjoy practical learning

Course details

All about the course

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

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for six hours each week. In addition, you will attend lectures to support you as you prepare for your Paid Industry Placement or Industry Collaboration Project (depending on which you choose). During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University of Salford’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

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

All students will initially be registered onto the MSc Project Management programme.  On successful completion of the taught elements, you will progress onto work experience. You can choose to follow the Industry Collaboration Project (3-6 months) or the Paid Industry Placement module (9-12 months).  If you choose the Paid Industry Placement option and are accepted on to this, your registration will be transferred to the MSc Project Management with Industry Placement programme.

Work experience accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. All placements are competitive and you can expect to apply for a number of jobs and be interviewed. You will need to meet the employer's entry criteria in order to be accepted on any placement route. However, we will support you through the process. You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the placement or project. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUK. askUK 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 help you to find placements, internships and live projects. 

Download our course brochure.

Modules

Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

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. You will develop knowledge and application of the techniques of estimating, forecasting and resource management.

All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment
50%        Portfolio of business proposal, exhibition and business plan

Operations and Information Management

Through this module you will critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of operations and information management. You will consider different types of operations and how they contribute to a company’s competitiveness. You will look at how Management Information Systems (MIS) is used in planning, managing and improving operations.

Working in a global environment, you will consider how operations and information management are adapted to specific market cultures and customer requirements.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on case study or article with group presentation of solutions
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment
50%        Portfolio of
business proposal, exhibition and business plan

Procurement Risk and Contract Management

The module provides you with an overview of project risk and helps you develop the skills you need to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments.

You will consider current problems and, using the theory and practice of project risk and procurement management, learn to solve them by applying systematic analysis and a creative synthesis of ideas.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment 1
50%        Individual assignment 2

Advanced Project and Logistics Management

On this module, you will evaluate contemporary research in logistics and project management. In addition, you will put theoretical ideas into practice via real scenarios and live case studies.

You will analyse advances in 3P management (Project, Portfolio and Programme) and review world-class innovations in logistics.

Innovation is a major theme on this module. You will discuss the importance and review the effectiveness of emerging technologies and new ideas in logistics (such as Additive Manufacturing, Big Data Analytics and drones) and project management (such as Agile, Lean and Benefits Management).

You will be encouraged to draw upon and share your own cultural and managerial experiences while developing your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

30%        Portfolio presentation
70%        Portfolio submission

Work experience: choose one of

Industry Placement

The paid industry placement gives you the chance to undertake 9 - 12 months' employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally.  

You will obtain your own placement but the Business School will support you with industry contacts as well as preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  You will be allocated a supervisor to support you throughout the placement, from preparing your learning agreement and action plan with your employer through to delivery of your outcomes.

For the final three months of your programme you will return to campus to reflect on and write up about your experience.

Assessment:

Portfolio – 8,000 to 10,000 words (90%)
Reflection - 2000 words (10%)

Industry Collaboration Project

On the Industry Collaboration Project, you will enhance your professional experience, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.  You can choose from:

ICP work placement - a six month paid project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment: 10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP internship – the three-month unpaid internship aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas. You will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment: 10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP applied dissertation - an advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:  10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP entrepreneurship - through this option you will apply the theory and concepts you have learnt from the taught elements of your programme. With the help of mentors in the Launch@ Salford incubator, you will develop the skills and thinking that supports entrepreneurial action while working on the development of your own innovative business idea.

You will horizon scan for business opportunities, assess the external challenges and consider available strategies that will support your aim of establishing a new businesses, or let you incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into an existing organisation.

Assessment: initial 1,500 word business proposal (10%) and an 8,500 - 10,000 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation (90%).

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

84%

Pass rates, 2019-20

59%

Merits

36%

Distinctions

TEACHING

The teaching on all our postgraduate programmes is based on the following principles:

  • Developing the leader/manager of the future
  • Professional competence
  • Global thinking
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice.

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically a module will include a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lectures, dealing with a number of specific topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are examined in detail through class discussion. You will on occasion work in small groups on case studies or articles and the group will present their solutions for wider discussion. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

In addition, you will get an outline syllabus content and associated reading list at the start of the module which will be the basis for your self-directed study.

An important principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop you as a reflective practitioner able to understand your own motivations and abilities.

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.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange.

This means that our teaching is highly practical and your learning is informed by our industry partners. Every postgraduate course includes a work placement or work experience project in the UK or internationally so you can put your learning into practice before you graduate. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

With multiple start points for our degrees, you can choose when to start your studies so that they fit with your life priorities. We want you to succeed in your studies and in your profession so we provide the support you need to achieve your aims.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

 

Is Business a Science or an Art?

At Salford Business School, our postgraduate degree award is the Masters of Science (MSc) to reflect our approach to business knowledge. We believe that business decisions should be data-driven and evidence-based – even when the outputs are innovative and creative.

Where will I learn

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. There's a wealth of support for you too, especially if it's been a while since you've studied and you want to brush up on your study skills. Find out how to make the best start on their website.

You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you get ready for postgraduate  learning and be successful in your studies and in your work. These include academic writing, research and digital skills.

Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.

Programme leader

Dr Stelios Sapountzis

Stelios joined Salford Business School after an industrial career in manufacturing management that was followed by a research fellowship at the University of Salford.

He was a production manager for a world-class manufacturer, in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. His role involved managing turnkey projects being in direct involvement with clients, as well as ensuring production line orientation, design and assembly sequencing of operations. In his early industrial career he was a process engineer, focusing on production / process optimisation and new product introduction.

Stelios' research interests include benefits realisation in the management of projects; the applications of lean thinking; digital health and process optimisation in delivering healthcare infrastructures and services.

Learn more about Stelios on his staff profile or visit his LinkedIn page.

Getting here

University of Salford is easy to get to with Salford Crescent train station right in the centre of our main campus. Whether by bus, rail, bike, car or plane, Peel Park campus is easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. For international students, Manchester airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports.

Get more information about your options for commuting

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

With excellent job prospects for Project Management professional across the public, private and third-sector, this course will help you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance your existing career or change career path. Project management skills are a valued part of other business roles and are fully transferable from industry to industry both nationally and internationally. Current graduates work at British Aerospace, TATA, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, Brother International, Manchester Airport, and more.

This course also offers great opportunities if you are looking to develop a consultancy or business. You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Find out more about the future of work, jobs and skills in this report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills

A taste of what you could become

A business adviser

A management consultant

A project manager

A construction manager

A logistics and distribution manager

And more...

Career Links

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-focused 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 University of Salford MSc Project Management course provides a balanced blend of an academic learning experience alongside practical workshops based upon real life case studies.  The collaboration between the University and industry not only reinforces what the students have learnt, but the workshops and case studies also gives them confidence as to how their newfound knowledge can be used and what to expect in real life situations; preparing them for their future careers.” Edward Stoddard, Commercial Manager, Kier Construction 

Recent guest lecture and workshops include:

Risk Management in Construction Projects – by the Commercial Manager at KIER Construction
Agile Project Delivery – by Senior Agile Delivery Manager at Department for Work and Pensions
Digital trends in SCM, Logistics and Project delivery – by Global Head, Supply Chain IT at Jaguar Land Rover

The Industry Collaboration 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.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing project managers who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability. If you want to progress into a senior management position this course will offer you the chance to gain skills which are highly sought by employers across a wide variety of organisations.

The MSc is the only route available for international students. Find out more about the dedicated support for international applicants, visit www.salford.ac.uk/international

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this however we accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

We also offer several English language courses which help you gain entry onto our degrees. For more information go to English Language Requirements.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,670per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,350 per 30 credit module
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15300per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

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

MSc Project Management with Industry Placement

All applicants

Admin fee for Industry Placement - £1,700. Remember, during the industry placement, you will earn a salary for the work you do.

International applicants only

If you are applying from overseas, and are accepted onto a placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions for your work placement.  These include (approximate based on 2019/20 rates and subject to change):

  1. Tier 4 visa application fee: £475
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee: £19.20
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge fee for 12 months: £300

However, during the industry placement, you will earn a salary for the work you do. You can apply for your visa extension from the UK. You should do this three months before the placement is due to start, so that you have enough time for your visa to be processed. Find more information on our Immigration and Visa FAQ page here – read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

All students will register onto the MSc Project Management programme.  If you choose to follow the Paid Industry Placement option and are accepted on to this, your registration will be transferred to the MSc Project Management with Industry Placement programme.

Still have some questions?  Contact us:

By email (UK applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk

By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

June 2021

September 2021

November 2021

January 2022

March 2022

June 2022

September 2022

November 2022