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Project Management
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Project Management

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course explores project management as a generic professional discipline. Project management is an important facet of organisations across all sectors and industries. This course will provide you with the skills to be able to manage the people, time and financial resources that are required to deliver successful projects.

You will enhance your knowledge of the principles, roles and techniques of project management, and you will learn how to use project management software. You will also develop a range of transferable business skills, including the ability to work effectively with others, knowledge of how to use contemporary digital technologies and the ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels.

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), your course will teach you how to work effectively with others and cultivate the range of technical skills required to be able to deliver projects effectively.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. During your placement you will be employed by an organisation, giving you the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. This practical experience is a vital part of the course and will enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge in the workplace. It also provides the ideal basis for the final year of your degree when you will be focusing on the professional applications of project management. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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In addition to the formal lectures, tutorials and IT laboratory sessions, hands-on project scenario classes are delivered to help reinforce the learning process. Feedback and progress assessment, extra-curricular seminars, field trips and the involvement of industry experts as guest speakers will enrich your learning experience and your knowledge of current issues in the project management context.

On the sandwich route, you will gain real-life experience of working within the profession through a work placement. Your practical knowledge and understanding of project management will also be enhanced through our links with organisations who will encourage you to apply for work placements, visit their organisations, and assist on real life projects.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BSc (Hons) Project Management - Dan Bridges, Student Video
BSc (Hons) Project Management - Dan Bridges, Student
Play BA (Hons) Project Management - Mark Laurillard, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Project Management - Mark Laurillard, Senior Lecturer

Entry Requirements

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If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Chris Haley

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from January 2019.

Throughout the course, the range of modules you will study will develop your ability to apply processes, methods, knowledge skills and experience to projects across a range of sectors. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Your six year one core modules will provide you with the knowledge to support your studies at later stages. You will learn to provide solutions to project problems and develop your awareness of the core tools and processes associated with managing projects.
Overall workload
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204 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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996 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
37%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
4%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
59%
Core Modules

Build your understanding of the key themes in projects and project management and the generic tools and techniques you will use in your professional practice. This module closely links to the Project Practice module.

Adding to the knowledge developed on the Principles of Project Management module, you will refine your understanding of projects and the tools used, and you will investigate the core people and contextual elements of projects.

Gain an insight into the aspects of law that will shape your professional practice. You will study health and safety, contract law, environmental issues and tort law.

You will examine the role of the built environment in the wider economy and how macroeconomic factors affect the policy and performance of both commercial and non-profit organisations in their selection and delivery of projects.

As projects now occur in an increasingly wide range of sectors, you will look beyond the usual perspectives of a project and investigate projects in non-traditional contexts, exploring their increasing complexity in the modern environment.

Gain an understanding of the technologies and software applications involved in collaborative working systems in the construction and allied industries. You will engage with emerging trends in technological developments particularly in the area of Building Information Modelling.

Building on your first year study, you will explore a range of areas, including specialist IT applications for project managers, simulation of project case studies, real-life project delivery and interactive project team working. If you are studying full-time, you will take the first five modules listed below and Project Decision Making. If you are studying part-time, you will be able to incorporate learnings from your workplace into your studies through the Work Based Learning module.
Overall workload
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245 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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955 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
33%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
67%
Core Modules

You will study two key aspects of projects: the tools that can manage the risks inherent in any project and how to achieve best value for clients, sponsors and organisations undertaking projects.

Careful planning and effective resource management are essential to the success of any project. You will examine these themes and develop your knowledge of planning techniques and the latest software.

You will study in detail the complexities that can arise when managing a range of interlinked stakeholders, and you will develop an appreciation of the tools and approaches used by effective managers and leaders.

You will develop a solid understanding of project processes and procedures and a detailed knowledge of the generic project management toolkit that can be applied to a project in any context or environment.

You will learn best practice in the management of people, information, systems and processes - essential skills in the organisation of any project.

Projects generate a large amount of information that forms the basis of decision making. You will develop the skills needed to make informed decisions on projects and build generic models to manage the wide-ranging data management needs that arise.

You will examine the practical implications of project management in the workplace. You will be encouraged to discuss real-world examples in class sessions and explore best practice so that you can apply these learnings in your current or future workplace.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

This year will prepare you for employment as a specialist in project management. You will enhance your ability to analyse complex project information and learn how to effectively present and communicate this information to project stakeholders. You will complete your studies with the confidence to apply tools and techniques to the successful management of projects at every stage of their development.
Overall workload
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205 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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995 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
28%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
72%
Core Modules

Building on the Planning & Scheduling module and using project management software extensively, you will develop a range of advanced skills for successfully managing a project from its beginning through to its completion.

Supported by your tutor, you will conduct a piece of academic research into an aspect of project management that is of particular interest to you.

A highly practical module, you will work with students from other disciplines to practise project management in a workplace setting. You will provide project management expertise to a multi-disciplinary team, and have the opportunity to reflect on your individual leadership style.

Adopting a top-down approach to projects, you will investigate the strategic and organisational contexts within which projects are selected, prioritised and delivered to maximise the benefits for stakeholders.

Building on all the areas covered throughout your degree, this module will enhance your employability. You will create, develop and implement a best-practice approach to managing projects. You will use the practical experience gained on your placement or in the workplace to create a practitioner-focused toolkit.

Mark Laurillard
Mark Laurillard
Course Director
Mark spent the majority of his 25 year career as a project manager in large financial services organisations. Before turning to lecturing he was responsible for delivering a large number of projects including new product developments, wholesale finance raising initiatives, and process re-engineering projects, as well as business merger and acquisition activities.
We do everything we can to ensure that you have the best knowledge and experience to become part of the next generation of successful project managers.
Play BSc (Hons) Project Management - Dan Bridges, Student Video
BSc (Hons) Project Management - Dan Bridges, Student
Play BA (Hons) Project Management - Mark Laurillard, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Project Management - Mark Laurillard, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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