Manchester Metropolitan University

PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Project Management

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
  • Two units on this course carry accreditation by the Association for Project Management 
  • There will be extensive use of the University's virtual learning environment (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.

Live business project 

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business. 

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

  • Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
  • Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
  • BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
  • Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Consultancy dissertation 

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. 

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Association for Project Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

Postgraduate internship programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies. 

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. 

A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships. 

Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.

About the course

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

The Faculty is home to the Centre for Business and Society, which brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching staff on this course are from the Department of Marketing, Operations and Digital Business and combine a rich mix of industry experienced and research active academic staff.

Meet the lecturers: 

Mr Lewis Endlar | Programme Leader MSc Project Management

Dr Chris Bull | Senior Lecturer

Units of study

You will study the following units, with the choice to specialise in one area of study from a choice of three option units.

Core units:

  • Project Management Concepts and Practices*
  • Project Management Organisation and Systems*
  • Investigating Business Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

*These units are accredited by the Association for Project Management

Option units (choose one from):

  • Management Practice
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
  • Business Analytics

(Option units are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change). 

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation. 

Project Management Concepts and Practices

This unit introduces project management concepts and principles, and critically examines established methodologies and methods used in modern project management within business. Key themes are: Design of the Project Process; Monitoring and Control of the Project; Information Systems in Project Management.

Project Management Organisation and Systems

This unit entails the study of project management in the context of organisational environment and systems. Project management will be studied from both practitioner and academic perspectives using analysis of business-oriented project scenarios. The objective is to develop analytical reporting, leadership and team working as well as individual skills and knowledge.

Investigating Business Practice

This is your opportunity to gain real consultancy skills with a live business client. You will be matched with a business partner and in groups, you will have to investigate a business issue for your client. This will involve setting clear objectives and goals, scoping out the project, assigning roles and responsibilities before undertaking live research and synthesising your theoretical knowledge in order to apply it to the client’s issue. You will then develop a proposal, considering factors concerning the client’s issue, before drawing up and presenting a set of recommendations that the client can realistically, apply to their business as a solution.  This unit provides you with real-life experience in managing a client-consultant relationship, enhancing your C.V and developing your employability skills by allowing you to experience the realities of managing teams, projects and expectations. 

Research Methods

This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

Dissertation

To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.

This unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.

You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:

  • Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.
  • Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Library based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

Option units:-

Management Practice

The unit introduces some key aspects of management practice, developing the ability to assimilate and apply some basic concepts, tools and frameworks in organisational development, marketing, accounting and finance.

Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices

The unit introduces logistics and supply chain concepts and principles, examines operations and material flows, and critically analyses global supply chain strategies.

Business Analytics

The unit will equip students with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics: What is big data? Why is it important in a connected world? What are the various data? What is structured and unstructured data?

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Project Management Concepts & Practices: Time constrained assignment 40%  and Report 60%

Project Management Organisation and Systems: Group Work 40% and Essay 60%

Investigating Business Practice: Report 100%

Research Methods: Research Brief 100%

Dissertation:  To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to complete a 15,000 word Dissertation. This is worth a third (60 credits) of the overall Master's award.

Option units:

(Option units are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to changes). 

Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices: Group Work 40% and Exam 60%

Business Analytics: Presentation 40% and Report 60%

Management Practice: Case study 50% and Exam 50%

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), in any subject. We also consider applications from candidates who have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Please note it is not possible to apply online if you want to apply for the advanced standing route for this programme.

Apply online now

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

Graduates from this course have taken up project management and other management roles for a wide range of employers. There are project management career opportunities in a wide range of sectors, as varied as construction and property development, healthcare, retail, charities, publishing, manufacturing, education, engineering, defence and transport. Some of our graduates also use their skills to work as freelance consultants. Examples of such project management roles recent graduates have secured include:

  • e-Business Project Manager at Copa Airlines
  • Fixed Network Planning Engineer at 02 Telefonica UK
  • Business Analyst at Barclays Bank

Read a graduate profile

Elizabeth Woodcock, MSc Project Management

Irina Sarbusteanu, MSc Project Management 

Dedicated career and employability support

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there are a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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