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Strategic Project Management
Postgraduate course
MSc

Strategic Project Management

Please note: semester two starters will have the option to complete the write up of their dissertation for April, but should be aware that any loan agreements they make might mean they have to commence repayments after 12 months.

Overview

Projects by their very nature involve strategic thinking and planning. This course will equip you with the skills to critically analyse and prepare effective strategies that have the potential to add significant value to an organisation, helping them achieve their strategic aims through a programme management approach.

This research-led course is aimed at those experienced in managing projects, as well as strategy implementers, strategy makers and those who wish to enhance the success of the projects they are involved in. You will focus on the latest issues in strategic project management, discovering better ways to manage projects by studying the challenges faced by project support offices and programmes today.

You will also develop the skills vital to successful project management, including decision making, managing and motivating others, negotiation, innovation, contract management, procurement and supply chain management.

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), our close links with the APM and other project management-related organisations will feed into your learning.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.
Extensive links with industry have been created through the course's activities. The course runs popular conferences led by students work, and an international project management conference in association with Wuerzburg Fachhochschule University and the Association for Project Management's 'Inspire' project.

The Centre for Project Management has a UK wide presence, attracting students of project management from across the country. You will have the opportunity to publish papers in local and international conferences hosted by masters students. A research-led approach means that in addition to research developed by staff and students on the course, each individual will have many opportunities to investigate areas of particular interest and relevance.

If you feel that full-time study may be difficult given your other commitments, we offer two options to study part-time that continue to prove extremely popular with professionals from up and down the country. You can study 12 Sundays a year for two years as part of our full day workshops or, alternatively, you can study on weekday evenings on a more regular basis.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in Project Management, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
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.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in Project Management, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
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.
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Careers

Emma Wright

Careers

Emma Wright
Business Improvement Manager West Yorkshire Combined Authority

MSc Strategic Project Management

“My job involves managing complex change projects and programmes - I've been able to use the skills gained on my course from day one. My passionate tutors encouraged me to share my ideas and inspired me with their experiences, helping me discover new ways of thinking about common challenges in the workplace.

Modules & learning

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You will examine and analyse the strategy process and the nature of strategy. You will also consider the application and failure of strategy in organisations, and the role of programme and project management in this. Research Methods (20 Credits) Dissertation (40 Credits)

Managing several projects in a coordinated way to successfully implement a strategy is typically referred to as 'Programme Management'. Many project managers will have more than one project to deliver. Understanding the advantageous of coordination, performance monitoring and benefits management will enhance all your projects and equip you to oversee and enhance the delivery of a group of them.

To understand, translate, and evaluate the strategic environment and understand its impact on project and programme delivery.

An opportunity to look at the latest issues in the development and delivery of projects, while also building your ability to predict what may occur in the future.

Understand the theory and science of human behaviour to enable you to better facilitate optimum and rational decision making in strategy and projects.

Project management might be said to be problem solving. Innovation then becomes the problem solving tool of the project manager. Seen as a key value adding tool, this topic is examined in detail. Parallels are drawn between the entrepreneur and the Project Manager's role.

An opportunity to engage in research or advanced scholarship in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and is of particular interest to you.

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.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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    Gym and Sports Facilities

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