International Project Management (Distance Learning) - MSc

Attendance:
Distance Learning
Starting:
September 2018, January 2019
Campus:
Online Learning Online
Fees:
£877 per 20 credit module for UK/EU Distance Learning 2018 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.

What's covered in the course?

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.

Why Choose Us?

  • This programme will offer a route towards membership from APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute).
  • You will learn the skills you need to succeed within the industry, as well as valuable transferrable attributes.
  • You will be based at the impressive City Centre campus, which boasts a wide range of industry-standard facilities, software and equipment.

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

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 2018 DL 24 months £877 per 20 credit module
Jan 2019 DL 24 months £877 per 20 credit module

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 2018 DL 24 months £877 per 20 credit module
Jan 2019 DL 24 months £877 per 20 credit module

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 in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index 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.*

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:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

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.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

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.

Relevant academic or work experience

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements

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*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

Module

Principles of Project Management
20 credits

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.

Research Methods
20 credits

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.

Procurement and Contract Law
20 credits

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 Systems
20 credits

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. 

Resource Management
20 credits

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.

International Business and Marketing
20 credits

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.

Individual Master’s Project
60 credits

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.

This programme with an emphasis on active and participative education, will include practical work-based learning, problem based learning and group work to develop analysis, synthesis, decision making and the ability to cope with new and unfamiliar problems.

Throughout the programme, there will be opportunity to relate practical real-life problem based learning to industry and commerce, then to apply new technologies and techniques to solve present and future problems in an international arena. In addition, skills to interpret the effect on managing projects of constantly increasing legislative controls globally, with particular respect to safety, legislation and environmental issues.

You will learn through tutor-led webinars, online activities and a range of internet resources, including e-library learning sources. Emphasis is placed on student-centred guided, self-directed learning, with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process.

We will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills through a range of specific, appropriate case studies and problem-based learning scenarios. Practical, online forum sessions are used throughout each module within the programme to develop practical skills and to place theory in an international, work-related context.

To ensure you develop and manage your individual research skills ability, a Research Methods module will be introduced as part of your learning activity with additional development sessions included in subsequent semesters, to reinforce the key skills of research, academic writing and time management required for study at Master’s level. These skills are further developed and placed into context in the final semester, during which you will undertake a major individual project.

Assessment will be carried out through a range of methods, including patchwork assessments, coursework, online assessment quizzes and tests, online presentations, industry-based assignments and group-based project work.

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APM Academic Accreditation

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.

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

There are significant opportunities for you to participate in OpportUNIty student engagement initiatives, which operate through a partnership between the University and Students’ Union. The aim is to enable students to work as co-designers and collaborators with staff on projects that strengthen the development of the University learning community and enhance the student experience; offering support for Student Academic Partner (SAP) projects and for initiatives around Student Academic Mentoring (StAMP).

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.

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

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.

Careers

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:

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

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

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:

Surveying equipment

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.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

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.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

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

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295