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Are you interested in gaining a postgraduate qualification that is highly valued by employers and applicable to a range of industries? This distance learning course will give you expertise in project management that is widely transferable.

Project management offers excellent starting salaries for those entering the profession with prospects of enjoying salaries between £20,000 and £27,500 for those under the aged of 24. With career progression and experience this can rise up to and in excess of £70,000. The average (median) project management salary, as identified in a 2018 Salary and Market Trends Survey undertaken by the Association for Project Management (APM) is £47,500.

Northumbria University's postgraduate Project Management course covers topics such as how to assess project feasibility, how to manage risks in projects, how to keep people working together, and how to develop a portfolio of projects. The curriculum is aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM), which is the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

The distance learning mode of this course makes it very suitable for those who are already in employment as well as those looking to start a career in project management. 

The postgraduate course is also available through full-time and January start modes, and with the option of an advanced practice element.

There’s no need to have completed previous studies in project management and Northumbria University welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
3 years by distance learning
3 other options available

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019

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This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through material that helps you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other Masters courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. 

Course Videos

Hear more about Project Management MSc from Programme Leader Barry Gledson and former student, Steven Thirkle.

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You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course.  Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

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As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes video lectures, web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

 

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As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean production, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM). 

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The course is aligned with the academic requirements of the Association for Project Management (APM). This will make it easier for you to become a full member of the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

Your master’s dissertation can be related to a project management issue that’s important in your current workplace, if you are combining the course with employment. Through your research and investigations, you’ll come up with new approaches that will raise your profile in the workplace.

After the course, when it comes to applying for promotions and considering your career plan, our Careers and Employment Service can help. The Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

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This course will open up opportunities in project management roles in construction and many other industries. Past graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies such as BAE Systems, Volvo Car Group, NHS, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Shell and Virgin Money. Job roles have included project managers, programme managers, project portfolio managers, management consultants, business developers, entrepreneurs, quality managers and directors.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have: a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification with practice experience may be considered.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,000

Full EU Fee: £7,000

Full International Fee: £7,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Further information on managing your money at university

Find out more about funding and scholarships for Masters study.

Find out more about International discounts and scholarships

Find out more about fee liability for your studies.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Application for most courses is direct to the University via our online application form. Simply click on the 'Apply Online' button you will see on each of our course entries.

However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:

 

Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

Application Deadlines 

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses www.lawcabs.ac.uk, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM) https://www.barsas.com

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.

 

Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Interviews
Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism
The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

 

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

 

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK

Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB7031 -

Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (Core, 20 Credits)

You will develop conceptual understanding around, appreciate the characteristics of, and be able to evaluate, projects. You will also develop an understanding of the project management role, and the relevant approaches, skills, tools and techniques available to a practicing project manager. You will be introduced to the dynamics associated with project teams and stakeholders. The module will consider projects within the wider context of programmes and portfolio management. This management of projects, programmes and portfolios is often referred to as P3 management, thus, you will have a basic understanding of complex scenarios of multiple and major projects environments.
You will be able to critically evaluate project management knowledge and competencies, reflect on lessons from project case studies, as well as the processes, methods and technologies used by Project Managers and Project Management Offices (PMO’s) in P3 management. You will also embrace the necessary ethical and professional standards to potentially attain competence in the future management of P3 projects.

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KB7036 -

People in Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Group dynamics are the influential actions, processes and changes that occur within and between groups of people. Groups come in all shapes and sizes and their functions are many and varied. To understand groups and their dynamics, you must understand how people interact and function whilst working together in formalized organizational contexts. The module aims to unite and contextualize selected key theories associated with team dynamics from psychology and the social sciences with selected key theories associated with groups, teams and management processes from management and organization sciences. The overarching aim is to equip and empower you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to create, participate in and lead real and virtual project-orientated teams.

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Project Feasibility and Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the various economic environments surrounding project organizations and project delivery, and examine the resources and constraints relating to financial decision-making for project formulation, initiation, delivery, and review. This module goes to assist in defining the levels of responsibility and directions of accountability required of a project manager. The module will cover the following key subjects, such as:

• The Sponsor economic environment: general economic theory; financial reportage, ratio analysis, determinants for solvency, business case appraisals, sources of finance and funding, project portfolios.
• The Professional economic environment; general economic theory; resourcing, scheduling, forecasting (risk and uncertainty), cash flow and professional services marketing.
• The Contracting economic environment: general economic theory; budgeting and cost management, labour and earned value analysis.
• Social Economic environments: public and private sector distinctions.

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KB7053 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB7030 -

Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

Training in research methods provides researchers with an understanding of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' that are associated with employing particular approaches to the collection and analysis of data. Awareness of research methodologies and methods will enable researchers to practice appropriate techniques and to implement methods accurately. The primary aim of the module is to inform and sensitize you to the choices that are available when planning to undertake a research project. This includes making you aware of a selected range of natural and social scientific research methods that can be employed to collect and analyse primary and secondary data arising from qualitative and quantitative paradigms. Such awareness will enable you to make appropriate choices when executing your own research investigation. Of equal importance, the module will also introduce you to a range of generic academic skills that will support you during your programme of study in addition to the execution of your research project. The module will also provide you with instruction to help you formalize and write a creative research project proposal in readiness for undertaking the KB7052 Research Project module.

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Project Organisations & Information Management (Core, 20 Credits)

In Project Organisation and Information Management you will explore leadership issues, critically reviewing a range of models and practices with particular emphasis on the leader as a communicator and negotiator. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches to organisational analysis thus enabling you to challenge and critique, both organisational practice, and the theories, models and frameworks underpinning management, business and organisation. Mainstream views of organisational practices and learning are introduced, with progression to exploring alternative ways of ‘seeing’ organisation and organising. This approach will enable you to develop your critical thinking and draws on contemporary research to explore alternative ways of organising. You will also explore the value of information system within the organisations. Specifically you will consider the evaluation and application of appropriate strategies for the management of information systems at intra- and inter-organisational levels, and how they might affect the use of Information Modelling applications. You will identify the various types of knowledge in organisations and analyse the management of that knowledge and information flows throughout the different project life-cycle stages. An important aspect of the module is the identification and evaluation of standards and procedures underlying the exchange of project information, including processes connected with supply chain integration, electronic commerce and mobile commerce on the project environment. You will also evaluate beneficial and detrimental effects of using real-time network tools for project collaboration.

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KB7033 -

Project change, risk and opportunities management (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the theories and practices that inform the steering of projects for the delivery of benefits and how they enable you to respond to the challenges of managing organisational change initiatives.
The module integrates several topics under each of the competencies within relevant Project Management Bodies of Knowledge: Contextual, Behavioural and Technical.
You will learn to:
• ensure that benefits are understood and pursued through reliable decision-making
• promote effective identification of risks and opportunities throughout the life-cycle of projects
• enable processes that capture and assess potential changes to project scope
• Identify and customise governance frameworks that successfully integrate stakeholders behaviours and expectations
• Recognise the Interpersonal skills required to motivate and coordinate people to achieve specified objectives throughout the change process.

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Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

The module will build upon the concepts and theories presented during the KB7030 Research Methods module. It will require you to develop, consolidate, and apply your independent research, academic study, and research project management skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice (or a topic that has been pre-approved and recommended by the module tutor) that is relevant to your programme of study. You will be required to undertake analytical and evaluative research that will result in the production of a research publication, either as a journal paper or a dissertation. If you choose to present your research project and findings as a journal paper, you will be required to comply with the presentation and formatting requirements stipulated by the publisher of the pre-selected, module-approved research journal. If you undertake a work-based study, you are not permitted to present your research project and findings as a journal paper. Alternatively, if you choose to present your research project and findings as a dissertation, you will be able to undertake a study that will lead to the presentation of either a traditional or work-based dissertation and subsequently required to comply with the presentation and formatting requirements stipulated in the module handbook. Pre-selected, module-approved research journals to which you will be required to ‘theoretically’ aim to submit your journal paper will be listed in the module handbook.

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Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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