The globalisation of the business world, coupled with heightened competition, increasing customer expectations and rapid technological advances, has fuelled the demand for projects of all types across almost every industry.
Organisations are looking to professional project managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to drive forward new ways of working and implement change successfully.
This Master’s degree aims to prepare you to become successful leaders in the field of project management. MSc Project Management holds academic accreditation from the Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project management profession. This highly recognised accreditation aims to provide you with the at the level that meets standards of project management profession and expertise in the field. You will have the opportunity to address a range of complex project management issues using different international and organisational examples, with the aim of equipping you to lead projects across different geographical boundaries. You could also work towards obtaining PRINCE2 foundation qualification, the de facto process based method for the effective management of projects. Finally, upon the successful completion and meeting CMI requirements on the Professional development module, you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting, which are highly regarded by employers.
Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, Coventry has been educating business professionals for over 100 years. Through a combination of taught modules, industry guest lectures, real-life case studies and internship opportunities, you will have the opportunity to acquire both the technical and people skills required to become an effective project manager.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The MSc in Project Management provides an opportunity to develop a strategic and global outlook when managing projects in a wide variety of organisations. It is aimed at students who have previously studied business and management at undergraduate level or have an equivalent level of professional experience.
Whilst you will specialise in project management, the characteristics of the course will also provide a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and how project management is integrated within organisations.
The activities that change business processes and practices – the launch of new products and services or the integration of new processes – involve multiple stakeholders and considerable resources, often across many teams and functional units, increasing the inherent risk associated with any organisational change. As a project manager, you can add significant value to your employer by ensuring that these risks are kept to a minimum.
As well as developing your knowledge and experience of the key project management tools and methodologies, including PRINCE2, PMBOK, APM BoK, and Agile approaches, our strong business focus provides a thorough grounding in strategic thinking, commercial acumen, organisational structures and cultures in order to lead and manage change more effectively.
We will examine the impact of contextual and strategic influences on the management of projects, including investment analysis, governance, legislation, ethical matters, environmental concerns and social and technology changes. We will study contemporary practices, such as sustainability, developing your appreciation of ethical project governance and its role in delivering successful projects in a repeatable way.
Drawing on real-life case studies, such as London Heathrow Terminals, Centenary Square in Birmingham or Olympics, we will consider the global context in which projects often operate, how they are managed, the people and stakeholders who work with and influence project success and the effect of policies, processes and culture.
In your final semester, you can choose to spend time on a company internship, typically lasting eight to 12 weeks (subject to application and availability). In the past, we have supported students to take on business and product development roles in companies in the UK, such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover to mention a few.
The course helps prepare you for a variety of project management careers, teaching you how to be an effective leader in the field of project management, and how to address the complex issues currently facing project managers in a variety of organisational settings, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector.
You should develop advanced capabilities in strategic thinking, effective communication and research, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking future employment. Upon the successful completion and meeting CMI requirements on the Global Professional development module, you will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting, which are highly regarded by employers.
You can also join the APM and PMI during your studies, which can provide excellent networking and career opportunities. Your APM accredited degree ensures that the course have attained a level that meets standards of project management profession and expertise in the field also ultimately should give you higher recognition among project management employers.
We recognise the importance of preparing students for the working environment and have invested heavily in providing the support and opportunities for our students to enhance their graduate employment prospects. Every student within the Faculty has a designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT), aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and have experience of being a recruiter, so they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.
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