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Teaching and AssessmentVarious methods of teaching and learning are employed in the programme, for example, lectures, group work, directed reading, research, discussions, seminars, tutorials, and practical laboratory sessions.
Assessment is based on individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments, and the project.
Career OpportunitiesOn successful completion of the course you will possess the skills to work successfully in the wide range of industry and service sectors where there is a clear and proven requirement for qualified project managers. Recent graduates have entered jobs such as project management, engineering management and marketing consultancies. Other areas that graduates have moved into are IT management and construction management showing that students with different backgrounds are eligible for a whole range of jobs using both their first degree and this masters qualification.
Entry RequirementsThe normal entry requirement is a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject, or an HND and substantial relevant work experience.
International students must demonstrate a good command of the English language and normally would have to undertake an IELTS examination prior to starting the programme.
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MSc Project Management60 Weeks Full-time
Subject to validation this programme will run Part-time from September 2012
Overview of programme
This programme will prepare you for a career in planning, managing and controlling large projects in any work environment. The programme is for people keen to move from their existing careers into Project Management. However, it is also suitable if you wish to stay within a particular industry while developing specific project management skills.
Stages 1 and 2 (Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma) Research Skills and Academic LiteracyThis module covers research methods, qualitative and quantitative approaches. Literature surveys and critical analysis and evaluation of sources. Data collection and data analysis. Critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. Learn how to research and write a technical paper.
Project Management and Control (double unit)
Module content is: what is a project, project feasibility, identifying stakeholders and their requirements, measures of success failure. Financial evaluation and management. Project Planning; work breakdown structures, tasks, milestones, resource allocation and levelling, fixed and variable costs, slack, delay, the critical path, risk analysis and contingency planning. Project execution; people, monitoring, reporting, reviews, and dynamic planning. Controlling work in progress. Common problems project management tools, project management software. Project management methodologies, including PRINCE2. Role of Quality Control in projects, especially ISO 9002.
Commercial and Contractual IssuesLegal obligations - contract formation and terms, contractual performance and remedies for breach of contract, liability in negligence, with particular reference to professional negligence, remedies for negligence, other aspects of liability impinging upon project management employers liability; occupiers liability, legal aspects of confidentiality and the protection of intellectual property.
Decision Support for ManagementThe module reviews Risk Analysis: risk definition, certainty, and uncertainty, risk management methodology. Risk identification and quantification. Applications for decision support relating to project management problems.
Managing People and Project LeadershipThe module covers organisational structure, team leadership; group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, joint/ multiple ventures. Communication in project management, briefings; meetings; the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator, power and decision-making in project teams: negotiation, collaboration. Managing change, conflict and politics.
Project Risk and Quality ManagementInformation systems pathology, analysis of reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors, techniques such as post-implementation reviews, risk checklists. Assessing and managing the risks involved: risk identification and analysis techniques. Generic risk management framework. Evaluation of relationship between risks and opportunities.
International Project Management and Practice
Planning, controlling and closing a project in a simulated real life scenario. A case study is presented which will give an outline of a proposed project; additional data, information and requirements is supplied as the project develops and you are required to complete a project stage.
Programme ContentSuccessful completion of the taught modules and an individual project will qualify the student for the MSc degree. Intermediate awards of Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas are available for students who do not wish to, or who are unable to complete the full MSc.
The order in which modules are studied may vary from year to year, but the following structure is typical. Below is a list of modules, including a brief overview of the topics that will be covered.
Stage 3 (Masters) ProjectStudents will normally undertake a real-world project through a sponsor, which involves both a research and a practical element.
More and more companies are realising the importance of having good project managers on their staff. The MSc in Project Management offered by the University of Sunderland is designed to enhance your career opportunities regardless of your area of work.
Ian Ridley is programme leader for MSc Project Management