MSc Applied Project Management (Intensive)

Course summary

Overview

Applied Project Management

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness and appreciation for the use of project management techniques in a much wider range of business settings. This, in part, is due to increasing competition and a business imperative which recognises that to achieve competitive advantage, the efficiency and success of each and every project is vital.

This exciting new Masters in Applied Project Management contextualises the practice of project management within specific sectors and will give you the generic skills and competencies required to fulfil your business and organisational needs.

Why choose this course?
The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through the two distinct pathways of Computing and Enterprise Management as well as a final dissertation that allows for even deeper focus on your chosen career sector. 

The course will allow you to study the latest techniques in project management and apply them to a specialist area of computing and enterprise management.

There are six taught modules ranging from Principles of Project Management to Research Methods with one being from your selected pathway.

Tutor Information
This course is run by the School of Computing and Engineering to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The School of Computing and Engineering teaching staff includes: 

Dr Yu-Chun Pan, Lecturer and Course Leader for MSc Applied Project Management is also a certified PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments), MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), and P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Offices) Practitioner.

Dr Chekfoung Tan, Lecturer and course leader for MSc Applied Project Management has research interests in organisational semiotics, digital business ecosystem, business technology consulting, enterprise architecture, project management and health informatics. She has published in a number of journals and prestigious IS conferences which include the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).

Dr Wei Jie, associate professor in Computing has been active in a broad spectrum of areas in parallel and distributed computing, in particular, grid and cloud computing, computing security technologies, e-science and e-research. Dr Jie has also been actively involved in professional services.

Dr José Abdelnour Nocera is Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociotechnical Design and Head of the Sociotechnical Centre for Innovation and User Experience at the University of West London. He is the current Chair for UNESCO IFIP TC 13.8 working group in Interaction Design for International Development as well as Chair for the British Computer Society Sociotechnical Specialist Group.

Colin Beeke who is a Senior Lecturer in IT and Dr Malte Ressin, Lecturer in Computing. 

To find out more about the lecturers on this course see our Teaching staff tab above. 

Applied Project Management


Career and study progression
Project Management is the discipline of planning, organising and executing projects effectively and efficiently. As such, project management plays an important role in nearly any organisation, from SMEs through to the largest global corporations. 

Knowledge and skills gained within this course will enable graduates to take on the role of project manager and/or become an effective member of a project management team.

Outstanding graduates are encouraged to further their study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL.

Course detail

The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through two distinct pathways of Computing and Enterprise Management as well as a final Dissertation module allowing you to focus on a career of your choice. There are six taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Research Methods with one being from your selected pathway.

Module

  • Principles of Project Management
  • Project Strategy
  • Employability Skills and Employment
  • Learning and Professional Development
  • Project Teams
  • Project Finance and Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

You can choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation (Computing Pathway)
Or
  • Management of Organisational Change (Enterprise Management Pathway)
Module summaries

Principles of Project Management
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques needed for effective project management. It will cover the roles, responsibilities and competencies of those involved in dynamic project-based environments, how these relate to effective project management, and the methodological factors that can be used for selecting, defining, planning, controlling, monitoring and delivering projects.

Project Strategy
This is an advanced module which covers why and how strategic project management is increasingly becoming a popular and growing trend within the discipline of project management. The general idea is that project management teams must learn how to deal with the business aspects of their projects, as well as better support their company’s business strategy and sustainability, rather than just focus on meeting traditional time, budget, and performance of project goals. This module will be grounded in the specialised area of project management such as project portfolio management for better ways to strategically manage projects.

Employability Skills and Employment
Through this module and its sister module Learning and Professional Development, students will be able to prepare to themselves for the job market and to find employment post study, through the production of CV's professional portfolios, online professional networking such as Linkedin and the development of professional presentation skills.

Students who are on 'with Internship' courses have to show successful completion of both to undertake their internship. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to further develop employability skills in the field of study which they have agreed with their tutor.

Learning and Professional Development
This module is designed to orientate new MSc students and especially international students to master’s level study. It is delivered on a weekly basis to provide regular support in areas of content, competence and development.

The module is preparatory for Research Methods in a subsequent semester which then forms the basis for the dissertation. As the dissertation is one of the primary academic outcomes from a master’s course it makes good sense to engage students early on with questions of academic purpose, norms and culture.

The sequence of themes adopted provides a platform to assess these three dimensions. The sessions provide presentations of content, discussion, problem solving and addressing the development of skills through tasks, collective discussion and experience. The module provides an environment which encourages reflection on experience, developing a critical and sharing culture and providing opportunities for students to develop confidence in themselves and in their ability to study.

Project Teams
This module is concerned with the structure, development, leadership and management of teams that plan and deliver projects. It deals with relations, interactions and communications within and beyond the team. The particular contexts of high performance, self -directed, dispersed and virtual teams are also considered. Cultural management, conflict management and negotiation will also be covered in the module.

Project Finance and Marketing
This module covers the development of critical awareness in the structure and nature of raising and controlling finance necessary for projects. It also focuses on building transferable knowledge in managing project selection and appraisal using a project finance approach, developing best practice in project bidding, tendering and procurement.

Furthermore, it addresses how to evaluate an organisation’s marketing planning and decision processes and how to identify and explain how key stakeholders influence organisation's marketing behaviour.

Research Methods
This module will assist students in the various stages involved in undertaking a substantial and independent research project at MSc level, including choosing research topic, finding supervisor, writing research proposal, conducting literature review, developing research method and strategy, writing MSc dissertation, etc. It enables students to plan and undertake research through a deep and systematic understanding of the nature and conduct of research.

The module also enhances students' abilities to develop research strategies and methodologies, develops students' skills to critically understand research findings from the literatures of your research areas or topics, and enhances students' ability to identify and plan the development of transferable research skills. This module is a pre-requisite for the MSc dissertation. Students need to pass this module before taking up their dissertation.

Dissertation
The module provides students with the experience of planning, designing and bringing to a successful conclusion a major piece of individual work. The module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort. 

Specifically, the aims of the module are to:
  1. Investigate and explore in depth an area of interest related to their studies using previously acquired knowledge and extend this knowledge in a selected area or software application. 
  2. Produce a significant piece of work focussed on a specific topic that synthesises the academic content of previously studied modules. 
  3. Develop a project plan and execute the plan whilst responding to changes and adapting the plan as necessary. 
  4. Analyse experimental and other findings from secondary research and to relate them to an appropriate theoretical analysis. 
  5. Communicate the work to others by means of appropriate documentation of professional quality. 
  6. Analyse, design and implement a software solution to a well-defined problem and document and present the application architecture.  
You can choose from one of the following pathways:

Consultancy and Technical Innovation (Computing Pathway)
This module aims to develop your skills as a consultant in the IT industry. This module highlights the importance of soft consulting skills, even within the context of a leading-edge technology project environment, and the implications of major technological trends including the changes on the way people work, assess and critically evaluate the IS Strategy of an organisation and its alignment with business and organisational strategy within a professional setting. This module will cover areas like management consulting, disruptive technologies and digital innovation.

Or

Management of Organisational Change (Enterprise Management Pathway)
The module pivots on the perception that organisational change is a messy, complex process that occurs in specific organisational contexts. Therefore, rather than searching for prescriptive recipes for change, the module encourages you to critically consider the experience of change from the perspective of the multiple organisational actors involved in the process.

For example, the need for change, the selection and deployment of organisational diagnosis, the role of the change agent, the impact of change on individuals (including the potential for resistance), the building of receptive contexts, and the importance of organisational culture.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need an honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a recognised UK university or equivalent. Applicants may also be able to gain entry on the strength of equivalent experience and achievement. In this case, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may be possible.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£3,600

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£5,750
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

When you submit your application for this course it is very helpful to make a positive statement to show that you have a relevant career plan or intention in mind. This means aspiring generally to work in public or private sector/ organizations in a strategic, service orientated, managerial and professional role in the broad areas of project management.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Special resources

Students within their learning will gain experience of supporting software such as Microsoft Project Management.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods will be used within course module deliveries especially to capture the applied aspects of project management. In fact the core modules were constructed with teaching variety methods from the outset. The pathways modules need to capture sector expectations and final dissertation offers a wideness of choice.

Learning materials

A range of learning material will be used to ensure currency of practice in the sector in general and within specialist areas.

Assessment

Coursework

The assessment across the modules has been thought out to offer a balance of assessment approaches of assignment only and some will have a mixture with an examination as an end assessment.
By way of example: The module Strategic Innovation Management initial assignment involves a group undertaking and requires a presentation creation and delivery. The final assignment is an individually developed document requiring to conduct research on the use of projects in an organisation. There is no examination for the modules and assessment weighting is 40/60.

Exams

There are only a total of 5 modules that require examinations as part of their end assessment for the course with maximum of only 4 examinations required for selected pathways.

Student support

Normal University facilities are available during the week if required. Additionally Saturday tutorial days are built within the course delivery schedule to aid support and assessment development.

What our students say

Luke Corley (MSc Applied Project Management 2017 Graduate)

 

“I started my MSc Project Management with little knowledge or experience about projects or business. Through the content taught and industry experience of the lecturers, I quickly learnt how to apply my new knowledge in working life. Dr Yu-Chun Pan in particular went the extra mile when it came to helping all students in understanding content and assisting with reviewing assignments. The course helps understand business strategies and the reasoning behind them, making it a fantastic choice for many career paths, especially project management.”

Katrina Borissova (MSc Applied Project Management 2017 Graduate)

 

"I would describe this course as exciting and dynamic. The best thing about it is the number of additional subjects that are covered from a strategic overview to a more technical expertise and industries overview. I was initially attracted here by my career goals and the fact that it was a growing modern university with a fantastic reputation.

The best thing about the degree is having the freedom to think of a research idea and test a prediction. I feel extremely lucky to be in an environment that allows me to conduct research on what interests me the most, so in all my time here I have never felt bored. The second-best thing is the teaching and how some tutors can not only empower you to go above and beyond but also inspire you.

To any new student coming to the University, I would say this: Throw yourself at every opportunity that comes your way. If it gets too much, you can always scale back, but those opportunities can make all the difference between getting what you want and having to settle for second best.”

Mohamad Taghi Afshar (MSc Applied Project Management 2017 Graduate)

 

“The MSc Applied Project Management course brought me an extensive knowledge and excellent expertise in managing projects.  The teachers have been really competent and well prepared. The doors to their offices were always open whenever I had a question and they always steered me in right direction with their valuable guidance.

I am using the principles of project management, project strategies and team works not only in my current business but also in my daily life.”

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Project Management is the discipline of planning, organising and executing projects effectively and efficiently. As such, project management plays an important role in nearly any organisation, from SMEs through to the largest global corporations. Knowledge and skills gained within this course will enable graduates to take on the role of project manager and/or become an effective member of a project management team.

Study progression

Outstanding graduates are encouraged to further their study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions.
We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.