In today’s rapidly evolving competitive environment, project management has developed from a specialist activity into a major process for managing change, innovation and securing commercial success.
Managers and engineers at every organisational level need an in-depth understanding of the concepts, techniques and tools required to manage multidisciplinary teams and the whole project life cycle for anything from new product development to the construction of new manufacturing facilities.
Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), this course is designed for graduates and professionals who have already acquired expertise in their field of engineering and now wish to develop engineering project management skills to provide leadership and contribute to successful project deliveries. It has been specifically developed with feedback our industry partners, including SAIC Motor Limited, formerly MG Rovers, which also sends senior project management directors to share their experiences through guest lecturers.
This course responds to the ongoing trend for project-based work within most organisations and the fact that projects are becoming extensively and increasingly technically complex.
It is designed to prepare you to manage and lead organisational change through projects and become effective change agents. We take a high level, critical and evaluative view of project management, providing you with an understanding of planning, monitoring and controlling techniques required to deliver a very successful project.
We focus on projects involving major changes and complexities, such as issues related to new products and services, new plant, equipment, new operating systems, and look at how they can affect the lives of people both inside and outside the organisation.
The course balances the technical side of project management with the soft side of project management, which focuses on behavioural excellence and people management. You therefore have the opportunity to learn about the human dynamics of project teams, developing your skills in leadership, communication and teamwork, as well as learning how to plan sophisticated projects by using commercial software packages and apply quality and good financial, management.
Why choose this course?
In the UK alone, the engineering sector contributes £455 billion to the UK economy and employs 5.5 million. Imagine the global scale and you can appreciate why it so essential for engineering project management professionals to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date in key areas like strategic management, supply chain, quality, finance, project management, human resources management and environmental management.
Coventry University has a long and prestigious engineering heritage. We are ranked 7th for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
This specialist course, accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s leading professional body, aligns with APM’s five ‘Dimensions of Professionalism’ and is underpinned by many recognised project management standards and methods, including the National Occupational Standard in Project Management. This helps to ensure that, on successful graduation, you are equipped to enter the profession with the requisite industry-standard knowledge and understanding to manage multi-faceted projects seamlessly in both local and international industries.
Our activity-led learning approach means that you will have opportunities to link your learning of business management theory to real-life project practices, drawing from actual case studies, taking part in project simulations and applied work to get a greater understanding of the different ways that project management can significantly improve profitability and competitiveness.
Furthermore, our industrial and strategic partnerships provide industrial project opportunities and industry visits, which have previously included companies such as Coca Cola, Prodrive, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW in the UK to mention but a few.
International experience opportunities
As well as the chance to work in project groups made up of students from different nationalities, you will also have opportunities to interact with guest speakers who will share their own international experiences, such as Trevor Jones, VP – Project Management at DHL Ltd, who has worked in various countries in Europe, and Alan Anderson, Chief Vehicle Engineer at SAIC Motor UK. Students on this course can participate in various field trips within the UK, recently to Rolls Royce in Derby, for example, as well as outside the country.