Project Management via Study Centres MSc

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Base yourself at one of our quality-assured partners around the world. Join one of the fastest growing professions worldwide. Equip yourself with the skills to become a project management professional in virtually any field of work.

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This course is designed to teach project management to people from any discipline. Unlike many other project management courses, you do not need an engineering or technical background to apply. A large number of our students are from business, arts and other backgrounds.

It covers a comprehensive range of project management topics, utilising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Various other modules ensure that you will develop a well-rounded set of project and general management skills.

Please contact your Study Centre for the duration and mode of this course.

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Why us?

  • Project management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide
  • Designed in line with the requirements of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM)

Course structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. On all courses you are encouraged to develop as an independent learner. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Modules on this course include:

Project Management and Control (30 credits)

In this module, you will develop the building blocks of successful project management. Topics include project selection, feasibility, whole life costing and sustainability; the impact of risk, quality and people; effective monitoring and control to ensure successful delivery; and the use of project management software. You will undertake an extensive case study/business game to develop your skills in team working and decision making.

Commercial and Contractual Issues (15 credits)

This module explores commercial and contractual aspects in more detail. Topics include contractual negotiation and obligations within a project; managing the legal side from a non-legal perspective; the impact of corporate policy and strategy; the creation and role of business plans in project management; the role of strategic management; and the entrepreneurial project manager.

Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

Managing People and Project Leadership (15 credits)

This module covers organisational structure, team leadership, group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, and joint/multiple ventures. You will also cover managing change; conflict and politics; power, decision-making, negotiation and collaboration in project teams; communication in project management including briefings and meetings; and the role of the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator.

International Project Management and Practice (15 credits)

This module explores the management of projects in other countries and across multiple geographies. Topics include successful communication that overcomes language barriers; the impact of different cultures and work practices; and a comparison of international commercial and non-governmental projects. There is a student-led practical element that allows you to develop skills such as effective presentations.

Decision Support for Management (15 credits)

You will study risk analysis including: risk definition, certainty, uncertainty, risk management methodology and risk identification and quantification. You will also cover the applications available for decision support relating to project management problems.

Project Risk and Quality Management (15 credits)

You will analyse the pathology of information systems and reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors and techniques such as post-implementation reviews and risk checklists. You will also cover risk identification, analysis techniques, and generic risk management frameworks as well as evaluating the relationship between risks and opportunities.

Masters Project (60 credits)

You will undertake a real world project with the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.



This course is available at our partner centres in Botswana, Kenya and Sri Lanka.







Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

Please check the course fees with the relevant partner.

Botswana Accountancy College

INtel College Nairobi

International College of Business and Technology

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Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree (Department for Business Innovation and Skills). Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries and is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide.

Career options

Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries. The sectors where project managers are most commonly employed include construction, engineering, digital media, IT and telecoms.

Potential roles include:

  • Project manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Digital and print production manager
  • IT manager
  • Construction manager

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