This course involves both theoretical and practical content. It offers you the chance to build on your first degree or work experience with a range of knowledge and skills enabling you to successfully manage the increasing number of projects instigated by organisations seeking to improve their value proposition.
In addition to providing you with an opportunity to attain the much sought after PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner certifications, the course will provide you with an understanding and an evaluation of a number of other popular professional qualifications, such as M_o_R, MSP and DSDM Atern.
The course is open to recent graduates with a good Honours degree in business, computing or engineering. Ideally, but not necessarily, you’ll also have one to two years’ of project management experience. Also, holders of a good degree in other science or arts subjects with an aptitude for organising, running or participating in projects are encouraged to apply. For those with extensive experience of working in business and industry, the formal educational requirements may be relaxed. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
In today´s business environment effective project management (PM) is now an integral influencer of success. Additionally, PM-associated skills such as 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. Having a qualification in project management is now a requirement in many organisations, both public and private sector.
Effective PM requires a body of knowledge and a set of tested skills including planning, delegation and monitoring that the Project Management MSc is designed to deliver. The course offers the opportunity to undertake an 8-week internship and is suitable for business, computing, engineering or other graduates with an affinity for organising, running or participating in projects.
Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of universities that´s eligible to offer accredited PRINCE2 certification. So in addition to this postgraduate qualification, students can also obtain the much sought after PRINCE2.
Project management foundations
An introduction to the project management bodies of knowledge and an explanation of the key technical principles and themes that inform them.
Project Management in Practice
The sociotechnical dimensions of project management (e.g. leadership, teamwork, problem solving, negotiation, politics, quality, change etc.) are critically evaluated using recent publications as a starting point.
Management of Risk and Scheduling
The importance of managing risk within a project and a programme environment are evaluated and the main techniques of estimating and scheduling are critically analysed.
Project Finance and Procurement
The finance skills required by a project or programme manager are exposed and explored and the challenges of procurement in a project environment analysed.
Project Management Project
A project dissertation on an approved topic, relevant to the focus of the course. Students are encouraged to use and further evaluate the project management tools, techniques and methods acquired through the taught part of the course. The final project is an important part of the MSc, worth the equivalent of three taught modules. A supervisor is assigned to guide the student into producing a substantive report either about a real deliverable or a dissertation on a current project management research topic, based on the collection of primary data.
Programme and Strategic Management
The importance of programme management and its fit with corporate strategy is introduced and the challenges of managing programmes and portfolios explored.
Managing International Projects
Project Management of IT
The majority of graduates start their career as project team members with a few, depending on their background, becoming programme managers. Many work for large UK or international organisations as consultants or project managers.
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