International Project Management (Distance Learning) - MSc

Distance Learning
September 2016, January 2017
Online Learning Online
£7,500 for UK/EU Distance Learning 2016 entry (view all fees)

This distance learning course is designed to allow maximum flexibility to ensure delegates who are employed have the opportunity to decide how and when is most convenient and conducive to study.

Other distance learning courses the school has to offer is the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Distance Learning).

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What's covered in the course?

  • The growth in the international marketplace has created a global demand for practitioners with capabilities and competencies in the management of complex projects, whilst appreciating project distance, time, currency exchange rates, and customs rules and regulations.
  • The MSc International Project Management course is designed to provide an understanding of complex project management methods, resource development, project and process management, international business and information strategy, and global operations, alongside research methods and professional development.
  • This course includes a mix of practical work-based learning; problem-based learning and online group collaboration. This develops analysis, synthesis, decision making skills and the ability to cope with the challenges of international business operations. Delegates are encouraged to identify and appreciate the skills necessary to interpret the effects of managing international projects with constantly increasing legislative controls, with respect to safety, legislation, environmental and green issues.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is designed to accommodate those individuals who are seeking an alternative to traditional campus-based study where they are in control of their learning location and the pace of their study. The choice to learn online is increasingly popular with busy executives and professionals who want to enhance their career prospects but find themselves restricted by their employer’s reluctance to release sufficient work time off to study. We believe the best way to appreciate our distance learning course is to see it in context through our VLE Showcase (log in as a Guest).
  • Delegates will become one of a new generation of international project management practitioners, with a wider, more creative, flexible skill set. This includes an understanding of internal and external global customer requirements, tools and techniques in practice and the interpersonal skills necessary to liaise and work in cross-cultural operational teams.
  • Throughout the course there will be opportunities to relate practical real-life problem based learning to industry and commerce. In addition, to apply new technologies and techniques to solve present and future problems, in an international arena.
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This course is open to International students

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017
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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

Applicants are expected to have obtained an honours degree in a relevant management-related subject, with at least a 2:2 classification.

Alternatively, provide evidence of a portfolio of relevant industrial experience to successfully enter the course.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 DL 24 months part time £7,500
Jan 2017 DL 28 months part time £7,500

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 DL 24 months part time £7,500
Jan 2017 DL 28 months part time £7,500

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Semester 1 - Postgraduate Certificate

Global Operations and Process Management
15 credits

Online Study Period 5 (13 weeks)

International Business and Information Strategy
15 credits

Online Study Period 5 (13 weeks)

Research Methods and Professional Developmen
15 credits

Online Study Period 3 (6 weeks)

Semester 2 - Postgraduate Diploma

Project Management Methods
30 credits

Online Study Period 4 (13 weeks)

Developing Resource Capability
30 credits

Online Study Period 2 (13 weeks)

International Project and Process Management
30 credits

Online Study Period 1 (13 weeks)

Semester 3 - MSc Award

Master's Project
45 credits

Online Study Period 6 (19 weeks)

The course is divided into seven on-line modules totalling 135 credits and a Master's dissertation project of 45 credits. You must complete 180 credits to gain the award of MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

There are two enrolment points on the course: September and January. Those enrolling in September can complete the programme in a minimum of 24 months, part-time. Those enrolling in January can complete the programme in a minimum of 28 months, part-time. For further information on module delivery, please contact Poonam Aulak (Course Director).

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate courses. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Employment Opportunities

Examples of career outcomes are varied. Many graduates from our school have been successful in their career progression and promotion, examples include:

  • Logistics Manager
    WEG Electric Motors (U.K.) Ltd
  • Logistics Manager
    Ishida Europe
  • Head of Sales & Product Development
    DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services
  • Logistics Operations Manager
    Palletways UK
  • Regional Manager (Middle East & Africa)
    APL Logistics
  • Procurement Manager
    BAE Systems


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


The aim of this course is to provide competent, innovative practitioners and managers with the ability to apply the principles of International Project Management. Graduates may have a variety of backgrounds ranging from construction or engineering to various service sector managers and specialists.

A key feature of this course is the incorporation of knowledge, skills and information concerning the growth of new markets in developing areas of the world offering potential for career progression and specialisation.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

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Jahangir Akhtar

Associate Professor

Jahangir Akhtar is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Jahangir worked in the electronics industry and manufacturing systems, prior to moving into the public sector to work on accessing European funds for the City Council and provide training support local businesses. He worked with Rover Group and their supplier development programs and later joined Birmingham City University formally University of Central England (UCE), initially as consultant to external bodies and then moved in teaching in 2004 on postgraduate programs.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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+44 (0)121 331 6295