MSc Project Management

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  • Objectives
    You'll gain knowledge of and expertise in project management principles relevant to the manufacturing, process and construction industries, together with specialist knowledge of visualisation techniques, construction, space planning, 4D-scheduling and risk management. Additional modules together with the dissertation allow you to specialise in your chosen field.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should normally have an honours degree (at least 2.2) in an appropriate related discipline, professional membership of an appropriate chartered institution or an equivalent relevant qualification. Holders of an appropriate higher national diploma plus several years' relevant experience may also be accepted.
  • Academic title
    MSc Project Management
  • Course description
    MSc Project Management
    This course is aimed at developing managers, and those with management potential, who are working in the construction, process and manufacturing industries. The course has been developed by two research centres in the School of Science & Technology (the Centre for Construction Innovation and Research and the Teesside Manufacturing Centre). It also draws upon change management expertise in Teesside Business School.

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    Stage 1

    Introduction and Professional Studies

    This module is designed to introduce you to the issues related to studying beyond undergraduate level. It applies to students on taught postgraduate courses and those who are embarking on a programme of research. The module encompasses issues such as enrolment, health and safety, using Blackboard, report writing and referencing, ethics, plagiarism, time management and numerical techniques. You will also examine discipline specific areas pertinent to your pathway, which will offer you a particular grounding, skills base or understanding required at the early stage of your study. You will be introduced to personal development planning, by keeping a formal log book.

    Management of Change

    This module seeks to develop a critical understanding of developing business strategy as a starting point to change. You will focus on business processes and process engineering. You will then develop a more generalised understanding of managing change with particular emphasis on aspects of people management.

    Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation

    This module provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of project planning and management. You’ll explore a range of planning and visualisation techniques used to identify and solve strategic and operational project planning in engineering projects. You will investigate the potential for applying innovative project planning techniques to plan and monitor engineering projects to deliver within time, cost, quality and clients’ satisfaction.

    Stage 2

    Risk Management in Engineering Projects

    This module enables you to understand the principles and process of risk management, how to identify the sources of risk, quantify the severity of identified risks, the options and opportunities involved in managing risk, and the mitigation strategies required to reduce the effects of identified risks in the financial, safety and environmental aspects of a project. You’ll be introduced to Monte Carlo simulation, Delphi techniques, Ishikawa cause and effect diagrams, decision trees, PERT, using risk registers and risk management software.

    Quality and Supply Chain Management
    This module demonstrates how to benchmark an organisation and introduces you to the concepts of key performance indicators, total quality management (TQM), six sigma, total productive maintenance (TPM) and supply chain management. You will learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management will enable you to plan activities, which will improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

    Industrial Marketing
    This module assumes no prior knowledge of marketing. It initially focuses on the key principles of marketing and the concept of marketing and customer orientation. The central focus of that orientation is business to business marketing. The module also examines industrial marketing from the perspective of value-based marketing and creating shareholder (or stakeholder) value. This includes evaluating value drivers, both marketing and financial, and the financial implications of marketing strategy. The module makes extensive use of case studies as part of the learning process to enable you to examine theoretical concepts in a practical context.

    Stage 3

    Research Project

    This is the culmination of the programme of studies. You will undertake a challenging problem related substantially to your discipline. The project is linked where possible to an industrial or external partner organisation, which may even host your work and substantially direct the activity. Where this is not possible, a real or simulated real problem may be chosen as subject for the work. It is, however, expected that even where the problem is simulated or hypothetical, it will be treated as if real. The project outcomes project should be at a publishable standard.

    Course structure
    Core modules include Quality and Supply Chain Management, Risk Management in Engineering and Construction Projects, Innovative Project Planning and Visualisation, Management of Change and Industrial Marketing.

    Graduates can expect to be employed in management positions within the construction, petrochemical, manufacturing and process industries.

    Industrial experience
    On this Master's degree you'll complete an industrially-related project. This, along with the involvement of industrialists, practitioners and academics in the delivery of this course, ensures that it is relevant to the demands of the process manufacturing industries.

    Intermediate awards
    Our master's degrees can lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate at Stage 1 (60 credits - 3 modules), a postgraduate diploma at Stage 2 (120 credits - 6 modules) or, on completion of a research project, the MSc.

    Block release study
    The course is available on a block release basis: you'll study for one week between 9.00am and 6.00pm with follow-up days in the next four weeks and accompanying assignment work.

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