Our MSc Project Management course will help you gain the administrative, organisational and creative skills you’ll need to become one of tomorrow’s leading managers.
The course will encourage creative thinking, and the development of leadership and management skills through teamwork, discussion and peer review. You’ll develop new skills to an advanced level, becoming a highly-skilled manager capable of administering major projects within and across different organisations.
In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in management methods and intelligent based technologies, hence, there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry.
We will help you to work towards your PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) Foundation qualification, with tuition, exam practice and preparation. The PRINCE 2 qualification is widely recognised and used in the private sector both in the UK and internationally, and it will increase your employment prospects and help you do your job more effectively.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
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If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Poonam Aulak.
Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.
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We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree.
We can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.
|MSc||Jan 2019||FT||15 months||£5,900 per year|
|MSc||Jan 2019||PT||28 months||£2,950 per year|
|MSc||Jan 2019||FT||15 months||£12,000 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
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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.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
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?
The module aims to provide you with a foundation for academic research skills employed in all modules, but particularly the Master’s dissertation. This will enhance your learning experience, so your research is both industry-relevant and academically valuable. You will learn to evaluate the conceptual nature of research philosophies and methods, appraise existing literature to develop a literature review using appropriate research methods and techniques, design a poster presentation which outlines integrated and analysed data using appropriate research methods and techniques, and make critical judgements on the applicability of appropriate professional skills and research ethics within a given research context.
This module focuses on resource management and its effective deployment and allocation to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for organisations. Two main resources will be considered – human and financial. You will be introduced to theoretical concepts underpinning resource development and deployment such as human capital development, change management, motivational theories, learning organisations, financial methods, investment appraisal and budgeting, as well as financial and management accounting. You will also identify the theories and techniques relating to human capital development, in particular those around motivation, as well as examining the role of financial management techniques for the monitoring and control of financial resources.
Procurement and Contract Law
All organisations need input of goods and services from external suppliers or providers. This module examines the developing role of purchasing and procurement within the supply function. Using contract law and its relevant legal duties, rights and processes, you will gain an understanding of the underpinning contractual obligations for individuals and organisations. You will evaluate common challenges faced by procurement and supply chain managers and how to overcome them. You will also appraise the main contracting issues for major programmes and projects, the main legal issues that relate to the formation of relationships in supply chains, and the legal implications of contractual non-performance in procurement and supply.
International Operations and Logistics
This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a critical evaluation of supply chain management and its links to the marketplace, distribution networks, the manufacturing process and the procurement activity required, ensuring that customers are served by lower operational costs through effective logistics and supply chain operations. You will learn to critically appraise current practices in operations management, evaluating a variety of delivery modes and sales order planning. You will also evaluate and interpret the nature, scope and purpose of strategies for efficient logistics and supply chain management as well as best practice in procurement cycle concepts.
Principles of Project Management
Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve objectives. Projects can range from construction of a new building to the launch of new product, or from outsourcing previous in-house functions to the re-engineering of products, services and processes. This module will deal with the two main stages of any project – planning and implementation. You will critically analyse project management methodologies and tools, evaluate approaches to human resource management for a successful project, assess the role of quality and risk management in the delivery of successful projects, and evaluate the usefulness of current tools and software.
International Business and Marketing
This module provides a particular focus on global strategic positioning, entry strategies and alliances, and effective cross-cultural boundaries and management, in order to develop and maintain successful global management for products and services in a globalised world. The module will reflect on current research, events and global developments, and include many company examples alongside international marketing theory, norms and practices. You will evaluate the effects of changes in the business environment on an enterprise, appraise the suitability of resources and capabilities of a business enterprise to achieve business objectives, and formulate and present a marketing-led business development plan.
You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.
A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods such as coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.
Lectures are used to introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. Technology enhanced learning is used, where appropriate, through the provision of online resources, discussion forums and other activities. Advanced textbooks are used, together with professional material and journal articles, in order to ensure that students develop a critical understanding of work at the forefront of their discipline.
You’ll also a gain of range of valuable transferrable skills, such as time management, organisation, problem solving and more.
You will also be supported by a personal tutor based at the University, who will see you for regular one-to-one meetings. These meetings will generally take place at the beginning of each semester and at the end of the academic year.
This course has achieved Academic Accreditation from the Association of Project Management. APM Academic Accreditation helps students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers.
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
Student Ronny Tigere was offered a job with Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Procurement Department looking after capital projects before he’d even handed in his dissertation.
He’d got a good academic record and found himself a placement in the finance department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as part of his studies.
The programme has achieved academic accreditation from the Association of Project Management (APM). This accreditation has been achieved in recognition for demonstrating that the key principles set out in the APM Body of Knowledge (6th Edition) have been incorporated and integrated into curriculum design and module development of the programme. The teaching and learning on the programme focuses and emphasises the importance of the Body of Knowledge and ensures that we incorporate it within the guiding principles underpinning the programme.
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.
Examples of career outcomes are varied for many of our past MSc students but include:
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:
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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.
We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:
Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.
You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.
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Poonam is Programme Leader for MSc Project Management and MSc International Project Management. She currently teaches modules on these programmes and has previously taught on undergraduate BSc and BEng programmes. Subjects include: project management, financial and management accounting, budgeting and cost control, forecasting and research methods to name a few.
Poonam has recently published findings of her research on internationalisation of higher education at conferences such as: