Designed to meet the increasing demand for effective project management across all industries, this course focuses on the key principles behind project management methodology.
Project management is crucial in all business fields, from the financial sector and information technology, to healthcare and public services. This course helps equip you with the skills and expertise required to to undertake complex business planning in the modern global business environment.
This course is an ideal choice if you’re interested in progressing into a new career or if you’re already a professional who is hoping to gain formal accreditation of existing knowledge and skills.
Real-world challenges and tasks such as product development, change management, software development and event management all benefit from a structured management approach, and this course can teach you how to master this skill. You’ll balance theoretical analysis with practical experience to develop a critical and questioning approach to the conceptual underpinnings of project management. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth dissertation, allowing you to focus your studies on an area that’s of interest to you or relates to your current line of work.
- Learn about the key principles behind different project management methodologies. You will analyse real case-based project situations to develop valuable transferable attributes.
- This course provides the opportunity to develop key skills crucial for career progression.
- Develop your understanding in key areas of project management including, risk management, research methods, organisational change and business and creation innovation.
You will engage with the current theory and practice of project management and develop an advanced level of skills relevant to the international work environment. You will develop skills relating to teamwork and gain an awareness of the complexities involved in managing projects on time and to budget.
The programme is particularly relevant to those who wish to further their career in both the business and public sectors including undertaking work in multi-national companies and international organisations.
Core modules may include:
First semester, the study of four core modules (60 credits) as detailed below.
Project Management – considers the scope and definition of a project, its significance as an instrument of change and the roles and responsibilities of people within it. Organisational issues are explored and the application of a range of project management tools is critically evaluated for the execution, management and control of project management throughout all its phases.
Accounting for Managers – provides an overview of accounting and finance issues. You will look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives
Research Methods – explores research in management and business as a strategic activity that occurs within the context of limited resources and within a framework of ethical, legal and social constraints. Attention is focused on data collection techniques appropriate for research in management and business, along with techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
Risk Management – it is now recognised that the business agenda has moved away from risk avoidance towards the recognition that risk, if correctly managed, can lead to competitive business advantage. You will learn how to identify and manage risks within an organisation in a variety of contexts.
Project Management Case Study Analysis offers students an opportunity to analyse the planning phase of a real case-based project situation (15 credits).
Project Management Skills is a reflective module about being a project manager (15 credits).
Plus two elective modules (30 credits) from the following list:
- Global Supply Chain Management
- Business Creation and Innovation
- Managing Organisational Change
During the final semester you will complete a:
Project Management focussed Dissertation
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current. Modules will be taken at different times if you start in Semester 2.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment is usually a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and projects.
Hugh Aston Building
You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.
You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.