Project Management MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course looks at the core principles of project management, including how to plan and manage complex projects effectively, helping prepare you for a career in a variety of project management roles.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

This course aims to provide you with in-depth appreciation of project management theories and practices, and their importance to contemporary businesses. The course helps develop your understanding of the need to manage and plan complex projects in an integrated manner, within an overall business environment.

You will study the skills and tools that help projects run more efficiently and effectively, particularly in the face of the challenging, but highly rewarding, project-based business environment. Aimed primarily at graduates who wish to move into a project management role, the course is suited to those who wish to work in the complex functions of major construction, IT, manufacturing, services and retail.

The key modules of the course include Strategic Management, Procurement and Purchasing, Information Systems, Applied Project Management, Human Aspects of Project Management and a Project Management Based Research Paper.

Subjects are studied through a range of different and engaging teaching methods. Teaching methods include lectures, case study discussions, group work, and an individual and group projects. Latest technologies will be used in lectures to deliver the theoretical concepts, utilising videos and smart phone applications that facilitate instant assessment of your understanding of key learning points. Leading consultants and project managers will be invited to guest lecture and discuss hot issues in the field with students on the course. Seminars are based on case studies and business games to apply project management theories and tools. Assessments include individual and group assignments, individual examinations and in-class tests.

Project management is at the core of business development at the moment. We expect students to make use of knowledge and experience they gain from our MSc, to make their product quality excellent and help achieve strategic objectives and goals.

Jim Bamford

Jim Bamford, Lecturer for Project Management MSc

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a wide range of disciplines or equivalent professional qualification.

  • Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English must meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5 or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

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Course Detail

Term 1:

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination.

Strategic Management

The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.

Supply Chain Planning and Control

The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain. The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.

Procurement and Purchasing

The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Term 2:

Project Management

The module provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising projects within manufacturing and service organisations. The module will cover project planning, role of project managers, project risk management and sustainability.

Applied Project Management

This module focuses on the tools and techniques of project planning and control, leading you through the project life-cycle, from planning to closure and review. It seeks to develop your skills in work scoping, planning, controlling and scheduling as well as demonstrate their application in the execution of a real project. You will be introduced to PM frameworks and software and acquire and develop your technical and communication skills throughout the management of a practical and applied project.

The Human Elements of Project Management

This module aims to provide a firm foundation of the relationship between human resource issues and project management. Within that it aims to provide an understanding of the management of people, teams and outsourced (contracted) services, developing the role of the project manager as both a client and service provider. This encompasses concepts of leadership, performance management, partnership working, organisational politics, as well as the essence of client/contractor relationships and management needs.

Information Systems

This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an in-class test.

Term 3:

Research Paper

This module entails conceptualising, designing and conducting a piece of research using methods appropriate to your field of study. You will select a research topic which corresponds to your own particular interests and develop a more specialised knowledge and understanding of this area.

The course is divided into three terms. During terms one and two you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the project, programme and portfolio management. In your final term, you have the opportunity to lead your own research through your research paper project.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of professional bodies that can help your professional development and offer additional insights to your industry and profession. Huddersfield Business School is an official HE Partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You'll have access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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