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Course Overview

Our MSc reflects real world practices and experiences and will teach you how to operate more effectively in a multi-project business environment.

You will learn the methodologies, tools and principles for successful and profitable project management, and be able to apply them in order to optimise business performance. As a graduate of PPM, you will be able to effectively develop and manage both small and large scale projects in a multi-project or programme business environment.

Our practical course not only covers technical skills needed in agile project delivery such as scoping, feasibility studies and constraints but also ancillary skills such as managing people to deliver against objectives, change processes, financial considerations and collaboration. We will give you an overview of a range of tools common in project management along with knowledge of proven concepts to enable you to make holistic, best-for-business decisions.

From managing internal programmes to international projects, we will teach you the practical skills and frameworks you need to effectively manage your portfolio.

The applied nature of this course means you take knowledge learnt on the course and immediately apply this to your current role via work-based assignments, instilling the theory into practice.

Our expert tutors are able to bring their subjects to life by blending their academic knowledge with their expertise in a variety of industry sectors, supporting you in applying what you learn directly back into your company. You’ll benefit from strong links with our research groups and from guest lectures from some of the leading voices in the profession.

This course is delivered in small groups allowing you to network with peers from a range of sectors.


Who is this course designed for?

The course is suitable for people from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. It has been designed for people who are starting or transitioning into a project manager role or who are involved in project or programme management and want to gain an academic qualification to validate their experience.

Participants come from a wide variety of industries and roles, including, but not limited to: Senior Consultant, Project Manager, Senior Cost Manager, Assistant Design Engineer.

This course will give you the opportunity to get a recognised qualification to compliment your experience and develop you as a professional.


Accreditation

apm_logo_wmgThis course is accredited by the Association for Project Management.
Date
Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Modules

Course modules

You will need to take the following seven required modules:

Project Planning Management & Control
Introduction to project planning in the wider context of business activity for both product development and ‘change’ projects. Gain an appreciation of key issues and current techniques for successful project planning and control, including the selection and motivation of project teams.

Managing the Multi-Project/Programme Environment
Build upon the knowledge gained in the Project Planning, Management and Control module with larger, more complex scenarios of multiple projects where the interactions and risks present a further dimension of challenges. Recognise, anticipate and manage the inherent uncertainties and difficulties in programme activities. Estimate, plan and cost, activities, projects and programmes.

Management of Change
Understand the effect that organisation, culture and structure has on the ability to change and recognise how people react to change and understand ways to gain commitment. Select and apply strategic approaches to change, differentiating between operational tools and techniques. Understand how to evaluate and learn from the effects of change.

Organisations, People and Performance
The ‘people’ aspect of companies. Recognise the value of strategic HR management to your organisation. Understand the social and cultural structures in organisations and how your own contribution as a manager impacts on the effectiveness of the organisation.

Financial Analysis and Control Systems
Understand the basic accounting principles, terminology and techniques required to enable you to interpret financial reports and management accounting practices. Contribute to departmental financial planning and control.

International Joint Ventures
Strategically examine the benefits and risks of joint ventures, both in the wider business community and specific organisations. Appreciate the need for structured plans and control procedures throughout the collaborative process. Understand the key financial and legal aspects of joint ventures.

Programme and Project Strategy
Increase your knowledge of business change programmes and their comprising projects, plus the chartering, structuring, and governance of these projects. Explore stakeholders’ perceptions of benefits, their decision-making processes, their criteria for measuring success of these enterprises, and the connection of all of these to the strategies for the management of interlinked projects.

Elective modules

You can select a further two modules from any category. See the full list of postgraduate modules to view further details.

Date
Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

• You should be currently employed and able to prove company support because you will need to apply your studies directly to your work environment

• We recommend that you have at least two to three years of appropriate professional experience and that you possess at least a second class honours degree.

• If you have a HND/HNC and professional qualifications with significant experience, you may be considered to start on an intermediate qualification such as the Postgraduate Award or Postgraduate Certificate, with the opportunity for progression to the MSc.

Date
Monday, 01 April 2019

Skills

This course will help you:

• Learn techniques to analyse, scope and plan projects

• Gain knowledge of key frameworks, approaches and tools you need to effectively manage your portfolio

• Run your projects efficiently and effectively with appropriate consideration of constraints

• Learn subject specific knowledge to enable you to do your job better

• Make evidence approach decisions in a business context

• Develop your critical thinking

• Adopt a business-wide viewpoint

• Develop yourself as a leader and manager making you a better asset to the organisation.

Date
Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Participant views

“My experience of the MSc course, along with being part of Warwick’s dynamic and international student community, gave me the required knowledge, skills and confidence to perform outstandingly in a global corporate environment.”
Tasos Vezyridis
Land Securities


“My 4 years with WMG was a great on all levels. The environment was lovely, the support staff always accessible and willing to help, the tutors equally accessible and encouraging. The modules were engaging and while quite a commitment, the week slots suited me very well.”

Pretee Patel
UTC Aerospace



“I highly recommend the course for Project and Programme management professionals who wish to enhance their careers with a deeper and more academic approach to understanding their discipline. The course allows the freedom to explore the discipline both tactically and strategically, in an enjoyable environment.”
Neil O’Toole
Network Rail

Date
Saturday, 01 June 2019

Delivery and assessment

Each module runs over five intensive days. You will attend lectures and seminars, and undertake group tasks based on real scenarios.

We believe that the best way to embed the ideas, tools, and processes you have studied is by applying them back to your work environment. This is why each module is followed by a post-module work-based assignment, rather than written examinations. You will be supervised by a WMG tutor and an industrial mentor from your company to help guide your dissertation.

Description

Extend your skillset with thorough knowledge surrounding the creation, development and management of projects. Develop methodical approaches and grow through practical experience and up-to-date case studies, delivered by industry professionals.

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Start Dates: Three intakes a year (January, May, and September annually) Duration: 3 years, part-time
Accreditation:   Course leader: Roger Gemmell