In today’s business environment effective project management (PM) is an integral influencer of success. Additionally, PM-associated skills such as planning, risk management, quality management and communication management are essential to control the increasingly complex projects that allow top organisations to remain competitive in the global market. A Master’s in project management is sought after by many organisations, both in the public and the private sector.
In addition to equipping you with key project management tools and techniques, this career-enhancing programme is designed to build your familiarity with management theory, and with the language and practice of management. There is a strong business focus, and we provide a thorough grounding in strategic thinking, commercial acumen, project leadership and managing organisational change.
The programme has a strong practical orientation, developing your leadership skills and management experience through a series of action-based projects solving real problems for exacting clients. Working in multi-cultural teams, this unique MSc provides an opportunity for you to enhance your CV whilst testing your newly acquired skills in a project management environment.
The University of Bedfordshire has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Association for Project Managers (APM) which is the chartered body for the project profession. As a APM Registered Education Provider (REP), the University of Bedfordshire meets APM-established quality assurance criteria.
This is a one-year, masters course consists of 4 core units and a capstone stage. The course is delivered using a unit delivery pattern; you will undertake one unit at a time for two months and that will be a unit of delivery. At the end of four units (8 months) you will progress to the master’s capstone experience stage where you will opt to complete either, a dissertation, a professional practice, or a live project unit. Each of these options will include an element of research methodology which is embedded within the unit.
The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning.
Four compulsory modules cover the essential concepts, tools and techniques on some of the main areas that you’ll need to know to become an effective project manager. You’ll explore relevant organisational and management issues, such as leadership, team development and stakeholder management, as well as risk management. Students will also learn about decision making in project management – a crucial skill that is not covered in depth on many other masters programmes of this kind.
Student will learn about project management practice, including defining, planning and implementing projects and ways to identify address and analyse the challenges posed by large, complex projects. Students will also gain hands-on experience by planning a real-life project enabling them to apply your knowledge, develop the relevant skills and learn from the process.