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 or business field, or into a new filed of expertise. Students on this course can have a very wide range or academic and professional backgrounds.
This course will provide you with a broad set of skills which have wide application. 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. Alongside this, you will gain practical experience through applied syndicate activities and current case studies.
Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (nine in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June. Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.
Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.
- Project Planning, Management, and Control
- Programme and Project Strategy
- Managing the Multi-Project Environment
- Management of Change
- International Joint Ventures
- Organisations, People and Performance
- Financial Analysis and Control Systems
Two elective modules can be chosen from a wide list of options, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the course in line with your specific interests. The full list of modules offered can be reviewed here.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation) each accounting for 50% of your time and effort.
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, case studies, simulations, and industrial games to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning.
Class sizes are kept small with around 30 students in each, to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities.
Our module leaders usually have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from industry also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.
For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 50% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, followed by an oral examination or viva at the end of the year.
Towards the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of projects relevant to Programme and Project Management. You may alternatively wish to define your own project related to your individual career path or aspiration, in consultation with an appropriate academic supervisor.
There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by a written post-module assignment (PMA). This typically requires 40 – 60 hours of work and consolidates your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.
9 x Post Module Assignments (3,000 – 4,000 words each) (50% of Masters credit).
20,000 dissertation (50% of Masters credit).
PPM graduates can expect to be employed in service industries, construction, information technology, engineering or any other business area needing project management skills.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Alstom Power, Ashford and McGuire - Nigeria, BAE Systems, Network Rail, IBM, China Everbright Bank, BAE Systems, Architectural Services Department, AVIC Chengdu Aircraft Industries, BMW Brilliance Automotive, Central Bank of Oman, Civil Service, CRR Bombarider Transportation, Dell, ExxonMobil, Jarvis Contracting, Reed, VOGUE, The Cambodia National Assembly, Whitbread Plc, World Food Programme.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Head of Sub-Office, Parliamentary Researcher and Project Officer, Project Manager, Project Management Officer, Project Planner, Engineer Planner, Project Commercial Assistant, Assistant Risk Manager, Project Engineer, System Analyst, Graduate Project Manager, Regulatory Engineer, Business Analyst, Fashion Programme Planner, Structural Engineering Project Management.
Full-time: 1 year
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
English Language requirements
Department of study
University of Warwick
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