The course is split into eight distinct modules, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification. To find out more about the content of each specific module, please see the ‘course content’ tab.
As well as helping to equip students with specialised project management skills, the course also encourages the development of leadership abilities, financial acumen and people management techniques. Students will gain a general understanding of governance, and develop management accounting skills.
Students will also examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to deliver a project effectively, explore the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership, and learn the Agile Project Management methodology, specifically the proven DSDM Atern framework.
*Subject to Solent University professional course guidelines, for example passing Solent’s mock exams and paying the appropriate fees. For further clarification, please contact the course leader.
What does this course lead to?
According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Anderson Economic Group, 1.5m additional project management roles will be created globally every year until 2020. Following this course, you will be well placed for a variety of careers in a wide variety of sectors.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for project management professionals who wish to enable the enhancement of their career in project management with a higher-level qualification.
WHAT YOU’LL STUDY
Step 1 – PgCert Project Management
Project Management in Context: This module will help you to gain a general understanding of governance and settings. Topics include: project management; programme and portfolio management; infrastructure; knowledge management; life cycle; success factors and maturity; sponsorship environment; operations management.
Finance for Project Managers: This module will develop your accounting skills, with a focus on management accounting suitable for project managers. Topics include: budget and cost control; project funding; investment appraisal; provider selection and management; procurement; management accounting tools and techniques for performance measurement.
Step 2 – PgDiploma Project Management
Project Management Tools and Techniques: On this module you will examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to achieve an effective delivery of a project. Topics include: resources scheduling; time scheduling; information management; stakeholder management; benefits management; requirements management; solutions development; P3 assurance (quality); reviews (quality).
Developing Human Capabilities and Leadership Skills in PM: This module exposes you to the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour (OB), human resource management (HRM) and leadership. Topics include: communication; conflict management; delegation; influencing; leadership; negotiation; teamwork; communities of practise; competence; ethics framework; learning and development; HRM.
Agile Project Management: Based on the proven fundamentals within the dynamic systems development method (DSDM) Atern, this module teaches you the Agile Project Management methodology. Agile aims to address the needs of those working in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around project management, while at the same time enabling flexibility, fast delivery and personnel empowerment.
Step 3 – MSc Project Management
Research Methods: You will identify your own research topic with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the different management research philosophies and approaches. It also explores the application of various management research methods and considers the organisation and management of research and ethical issues.
Dissertation: You will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of an issue or problem which is: (a) of particular interest to you and (b) is related to the overall aims and objectives of your project management course, with the potential to publish your findings.