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Managing in a Defence & Security Multi-Project/Programme Environment


MSc module in Project Planning, Management & Control for Defence & Security (or equivalent)


To build on the knowledge of the essentials of project management in the Defence & Security sector established in the ‘Project Planning Management and Control’ module, and extend the application of appropriate tools and techniques to the larger, more complex scenario of multiple projects, where the interactions and risks present a further dimension of challenges to success.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the impact of the defence and security environment on the success or failure of technology management projects and programmes.
  • Apply the principles and philosophies which underlie successful multi-project and programme management and critically evaluate their use for defence and security.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to the multiple human factors which influence the conduct of project and programme management.
  • Systematically apply the methodologies and tools used in multi-project and programme management in an appropriate context and justify their use.
  • Recognise, anticipate and manage inherent uncertainties and risks in programme activities with particular reference to technology management in the defence and security environment.
  • Plan and manage dynamic development and change in the context of project and programme management.


  • Module Introduction
  • The Multi-Project Context
  • Multi-Project Simulation Exercise
  • Negotiation & Project Selection
  • Programme Team Structure & Strategy
  • Project Lifecycle
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Resource Management
  • Communication for Collaboration
  • Project and Programme Leadership
  • Multi-Project Management in the Security/Defence sector
  • Feedback, Summary & Review


4,000 words assignment (80% weighting), plus in-module simulation assessment (20% weighting)


1 week; including 17 hours of lectures and 16 hours of peactical class/workshops