Postgraduate MSc

Project Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Course

One year

Next enrolment

September 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

This programme will run from September 2024. For earlier intakes, please speak to our Enquiries team.

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates.

Develop your knowledge and skills in current project management theories, industry trends, tools, and techniques underpinned by the latest research.

Our teaching team consists of 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, value generation, agile and hybrid methods, change management, strategic PMO, and  output-driven project management.

We will also look at new developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and increased automation that promote remote working and digital project management, along with the impact of data analytics, emotional intelligence (EQ), and the latest advanced project management tools and solutions for effective and efficient stakeholder management.

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, Sir Robert McAlpine, Jaguar Land Rover, Department of Work and Pensions Agile Project Delivery department, who have all 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.

There is an emphasis in all our courses on understanding, responding to and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business, including consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, the responsible adoption of AI and other emerging technologies, and environmental sustainability.

Throughout the programme, you will be provided with opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world problems and live business projects in collaboration with external partners. You will also develop a range of skills and attributes particularly relevant to business and management such as commercial acumen, analytical thinking and problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, ability to innovate, awareness of risk, and the ability to influence and work with others. In doing so, you develop into enterprising and responsible leaders who are globally, socially, and ethically aware of the contemporary business environment within which businesses operates. 

This programme is accredited by APM (subject to reaccreditation) 

Why choose Salford Business School?

  1. We provide practical teaching, informed by our industry partners, so you develop the skills employers are looking for.
  2. You can make the programme fit around your life priorities with multiple start dates and a choice of full or part-time study.
  3. We're based on a beautiful, green campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre.
  4. We have excellent industry links with the dynamic Greater Manchester business community.
  5. We focus on the digital, ethical, and sustainability business challenges of the 21st century.

To find out more, register for one of our Postgraduate Open Days or learn more about our master's courses in business, finance and law.

You will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and principles applicable to management of projects in a business environment
  • evaluate the fast-changing nature of the business environment at local, national, and global levels
  • apply a socially responsible approach to information, data, and decision making
  • utilise a range of management tools and techniques to develop creative solutions focusing on value generation when planning and delivering projects
  • have the opportunity to complete additional professional qualifications that enhance your employability in areas such as Carbon Literacy, Microsoft etc
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

you’ve always wanted to learn more on how to create value when planning and delivering projects

2.

you are motivated, highly driven and want to operate at a higher level, that incorporates aspects of teamwork and leadership

3.

you want to understand the multidisciplinary nature of project management and how it integrates with business environments and departments

4.

you are a problem solver and a creative thinker who wants to develop skills that will be valued across multiple industries

5.

you want to become effective and efficient practitioner using the latest technology advancements and techniques underpinned by research in the subject area

6.

you want to develop impeccable organisational competences and enhance your interpersonal communication and people skills

Course details

All about the course

This course has three entry points per year: January, June, and September. The first intake will be September 2024 (subject to final approval).

You will complete 180 credits in total, comprising core and optional modules. Following completion of the core modules listed below, you will select one elective module as your final piece of work.

Core modules

Managing Project Deployment and Delivery

Managing Project Deployment and Delivery will introduce you to key project management terms, definitions, and theoretical ideas. You will build upon theory through application of project management models to real world practical problems.

You will explore the tools and techniques needed to define and manage large projects within complex environments. You will have the opportunity to apply these tools and techniques to real world case studies and will develop a critical understanding of the application of current project management knowledge to a range of projects and their outcomes. By the end of the module you should be able to plan, control, and assess real world organisational projects.

People Management in Projects

People Management in Projects will build up the theoretical and practical foundation of people management in projects. With a focus on theory, models, approaches and practice in people management and its use in projects. Project professionals interact with a range of individuals, teams and organisations, whose support they need to achieve desired outcomes. The module will provide knowledge and understanding of the importance of people’s involvement and engagement in projects to achieve intended outcomes. In doing so it also considers the pertinent sustainability, ethical, and carbon literacy elements of the project manager’s profession.

Digital Project Environments: Tools and Techniques

Digital Project Environments: Tools and Techniques will build-upon the theoretical foundations of project management tools & techniques through the practical application of digital capabilities that required to manage complex projects successfully within the digital age. You will have the opportunity to analyse and critique a variety of project management software suites and will practically apply software to develop project plans and monitor project success. You will have the opportunity to manage a real-life project through a business simulation suite. This will allow you to gain practical insight into how software is used to facilitate the project methodologies including the traditional project lifecycle through to more modern agile developments. By the end of the module, you should be able to successfully develop, plan and manage a live digital project.

Project Operations and Business Analytics

This interdisciplinary module brings together two well sought out industrial skills: project operations and business analytics. By utilising a systems thinking approach, the module critically stipulates the complementary nature of the two disciplines and commences by addressing key aspects of project operations in different types of projects. Areas covered in detail include complexity and standardisation in project and operational systems, performance management, forecasting and estimation, inventory and capacity management, and process management. This is done via a business analytics lens where data is generated, utilised, and consumed to identify trends, patterns and root causes of foreseeable and unforeseeable events that may impact the project in various ways. Ultimately, the emphasis of the module is to minimise stress in project operations while maximising the benefits offered by business analytics in the plethora of business environments globally.

Procurement Risk and Contract Management

This module provides you with an in-depth analysis of the multidisciplinary nature of procurement risk and contract management. It addresses the critical importance of the reciprocal relationship between the two disciplines. The module equips you with the skills you need to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments, in public sector, NGOs, not-for-profit and private organisational settings. You will consider current global challenges, and by using the theory and practice of procurement risk and contract management, learn to resolve problems and deliver value in complex environments.

Research and Practice in Projects and Logistics Management

This module will challenge you in evaluating contemporary research developments and best practices in logistics and project management considering the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. You will critically analyse the latest in project, programme and Logistics management focusing on the current trends in project management applications and logistics by adopting best practices such as agile, lean, and benefits management. 

Furthermore, this module will prepare you in developing innovative ideas and formulate meaningful conclusions regarding the issues of a chosen case study. The aim will be to develop a clear plan for recommended practical action and future research regarding a specific case and a contemporary theme.

Research Methods for Managers

This an applied module that focuses on practical research methodologies and techniques for preparing you to conduct research within the workplace, in order to prepare you for your final elective module and future workplace research. 

As your final piece of work, you will choose one of the below options: 

Work Placement

A full time placement of up to 12 months in a project management related role within a workplace (subject to availability and visa compliance). 

Business Consultancy Project

An experiential opportunity where you will work with clients to solve live business problems.   

Entrepreneurial Development Project

An experiential learning opportunity where you will conduct market and business environment research to identify a business idea or venture and develop a business plan.  

Business Internship

A 3-month experiential opportunity within an organisation, focusing on real-world project management issues.  

Business Dissertation

You will select a particular topic you are interested in for further in-depth study.   

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?

TEACHING

The course’s teaching and learning strategies are based on the following principles:

  • Global thinking
  • Sustainable practice
  • Professional success
  • Developing the next generation of manager and leaders who can identify and define the information required on a given topic, use research skills to identify relevant information resources and manage and critically evaluate the information found and reference appropriately

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically, a module will include a mixture of activities:

  • Lectures will introduce and explain key concepts and learning points and will be interactive in encouraging you to ask questions, engage in discussion and offer examples from your own personal and professional experiences.
  • Seminars and workshops will provide you with the opportunity to apply and reflect upon the knowledge gained in lectures to a range of scenarios, enabling you to develop your critical thinking and problem solving and to receive tutor feedback. Seminars may also include the use of simulations and skills development courses that have micro-certification where available.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is 100% coursework (there are no exams). The types of assessment used may vary according to each module, but you can expect to undertake a combination of the following during the course:

  • Individual and group written reports
  • Individual and group simulation modelling reports
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Podcasts/video recordings
  • Portfolios
  • Project reports

SUPPORT AND MENTORING

Taking the leap from undergraduate study? Returning after a study break? Joining us as an international student? Whatever your circumstance, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your studies. Find out more about our support for postgraduate students.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester's £5 billion-pound business, finance and digital sector, Salford Business School stands as a dynamic hub for the development and exchange of knowledge. We combine cutting-edge learning with strong industry connections, preparing you to lead change in the fast-paced world of business and management. 

Our expert-led and industry-informed programmes provide highly practical teaching enriched with real-world learning opportunities. Most of our programmes offer various work placements locally, nationally, and internationally, allowing you to practice and develop your learning. 

Throughout your journey, we will equip you for a fulfilling life and professional career, fostering curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to tackle 21st-century challenges. 

Business: Science or art?

Our postgraduate degree award is a Masters of Science (MSc), reflecting our commitment to data-driven, evidence-based business decisions, even in innovative and creative endeavours. 

At the beating heart of it

You will study at our green Peel Park campus, just a short five-minute journey from central Manchester with close transport links, and our state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity is just a short bus ride away. 

Our dedicated student hub on the sixth floor of the Maxwell Building provides areas for collaborative and independent study and break-out spaces. Additionally, here you can find our in-school progression and careers teams to support your journey. 

Getting here

Our campuses are easily accessible, with Salford Crescent train station at the centre of our Peel Park campus. Whether travelling to us by bus, rail, bike, car, or plane, our campus is easily reached 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. 

Dedicated support

Starting or continuing to study at university is a big decision, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your time with us. 

Our in-school Student Progression Assistants address programme and workload matters, whilst the Careers and Employability team, along with in-school advisors, offers personalised career support. The Library provides diverse learning support beyond your course, and for non-course matters, our university-wide support service, askUS, assist with topics from financial management to wellbeing. 

If entrepreneurship appeals to you, Launch @Salford, our start-up incubator, offers expert insight and support. Additionally, our Business School's Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme connects new master's students with existing ones, providing valuable guidance during your transition. 

These integrated support methods aim to help you seamlessly transition into your postgraduate course and ensure success during your time with us. 

A global community

Salford Business School is home to a diverse global student-staff community. Our teaching team consists of active researchers, academics, and industry experts who offer the latest in theory, research, and industry expertise. 

Furthermore, our diverse student community brings together individuals from various backgrounds and experiences, providing you with a well-rounded perspective, knowledge, and friendships that will shape you into a future leader and global citizen. This equips you to thrive in life and your career, instilling curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to confront the digital, ethical, and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. 

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.

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.

A taste of what you could become

A business adviser

A management consultant

A project manager

A construction manager

A logistics and distribution manager

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

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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Find out about dedicated support for international applicants.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted, either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

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 2024/25 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,560.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £16,560.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information please see our funding section.

International applicants 

If you are applying from overseas and are accepted onto the programme with placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions. These include:

  1. Extending your student visa fee (visit gov.uk for more information). Please note, this is in addition to your original student visa fee.
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee.
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge 12 month fee (visit gov.uk for more information).

Visit Immigration and Visa FAQ and read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa for further information.

International scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships.

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All set? Let's apply

Still have questions? Contact us:

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025