Companies are often strategically organised through a series of projects, programmes, and portfolios, which enables them to focus clearly on specific objectives and manage resources effectively to achieve them.
PPM is designed for graduates who want to move into project management, either in their current technical and business field, or into a new field of expertise.
Programme and Project Management at Warwick will provide you with a broad set of skills which have wide application. During the course of the year, you’ll gain practical experience through applied syndicate activities and current case studies, delivered by professionals in the field.
You will develop a methodical approach to the management of financial aspects of projects and programmes and will learn about the strategic management of people in organisations and how this relates to the wider business strategy.
You will learn the methodologies, tools, principles and philosophies to effectively contribute to the development and management of small and large scale projects, multiple projects and programmes.This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management
You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:
You will need to choose two elective modules from the full module list, which should be chosen to supplement your course modules above. Elective modules are subject to availability and restrictions apply.
Please note: the list relates to modules available in 2017/18 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.
You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.
Your project is worth 50% of your final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills.
For Programme and Project Management the project can be related to projects in a number of different industrial sectors and can address many different aspects of project or programme management.
The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, syndicate/group work, practicals, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.
The taught component of the course is assessed primarily through written assignments, although some modules include assessed in-module exercises. There are no written exams.
Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.
In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a variety of disciplines.
PPM is designed for graduates who want to move into project management, either in their current technical and business field, or into a new field of expertise. Students on this course can have a very wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Typically we receive graduates from civil and other engineering streams, architecture and design, IT, finance, accounting, business, sciences and social sciences.
What you will need to apply
- A completed application form and application fee.
- A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
- A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
- English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
- One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.
You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.
What our students say...
"When I arrived, what surprised me was the diversity of people at WMG. There were students from every region of the world and I felt that this was a place where I could build a network with future leaders from across the globe. I knew straight away that I’d made the right decision. I would say that Warwick has given me a whole new perspective on the world. Working intensely with a small group of people, you become very close and form a strong bond with them". ~ Read more from Botan
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"The tutors made the modules stimulating and absorbing. We didn’t just spend our time listening to lectures. As well as the group discussions, there were case studies and simulations to work on in teams. These helped to embed the theory we were being taught – and explore how it can be applied in real life business situations". ~ Read more from Shaila
"The lecturers share their personal experience in industry, which brings each subject to life and makes it relevant to the workplace. The group work and simulations were also excellent and through these, I learned more at WMG than I ever expected to". ~ Read more from Martin
Employability and career prospects
As a graduate of PPM, you can expect to be employed in service industries, information technology, engineering or any other business area needing project management skills.
Students from this course go into a variety of roles including: Project Planner, Project Engineer, System Analyst, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Engineering Planner, Risk Manager, Regulatory Engineer, Programme Planner amongst many others.
A few companies that graduates from this course have gone on to work for include:
- Alstom Power
- Ashford and McGuire - Nigeria
- BAE Systems
- Network Rail
- China Everbright Bank
- BAE Systems
- Architectural Services Department
- AVIC Chengdu Aircraft Industries
- BMW Brilliance Automotive
- Central Bank of Oman
- Civil Service
- CRR Bombarider Transportation
- Jarvis Contracting
- Disneyland - USA
- The Cambodia National Assembly
- Whitbread Plc
- World Food Programme
WMG: a department embedded in industry
You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.
Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.
Warwick Careers Service
The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.
Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.
We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.
You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profiles web pages.
English language requirements
Early application for this course is strongly recommended.
Applications will close prior to the deadline if capacity on the course is reached.