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Programme and Project Management (Defence) MSc/PgCert/PgDip

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    Programme and Project Management (Defence) MSc/PgCert/PgDip:

    Course Description:

    The Cranfield three-year part-time MSc in Programme and Project Management will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in this field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

    Designed for business managers, civil servants and serving military officers, this course will develop reflective professionals who look at programme and project management from a 21st century perspective. 

    Graduates of our programme are able to come up with creative solutions to previously unsolved problems, and recognise that cross-functional knowledge and strategic vision are vital to success.The Cranfield three-year part-time MSc in Programme and Project Management will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in this field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

    Designed for business managers, civil servants and serving military officers, this course will develop reflective professionals who look at programme and project management from a 21st century perspective. 

    Graduates of our programme are able to come up with creative solutions to previously unsolved problems, and recognise that cross-functional knowledge and strategic vision are vital to success.

    Start Months:

    January

    School:

    CDS

    Full Time/ Part Time: Part time


    Theme:

    Defence and Security

    Entry Requirements:

    A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page. 
     
    English Language:

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

        IELTS - 6.5
        TOEFL - 92
        Pearson PTE Academic - 65
        Cambridge English Scale - 180
        Cambridge English: Advanced - C
        Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

    Duration:

    Part-time MSc - up to three years, Part-time PgCert - two years, Part-time PgDip - two years

    (For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)Part-time MSc - up to three years, Part-time PgCert - two years, Part-time PgDip - two years

    (For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)

    Course format:
    • Taught
    • MSc/PgCert/PgDip

    Overview:

    This course will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in the field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

    Who is it for?:

    This three-year part-time course is for MOD personnel, delivered over a series of three-day residential modules and is designed for:
    • Experienced project and programme managers who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business.
    • Ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities, and take their career to the next level.
    • Rounded individuals who want to combine their knowledge of processes, tools and techniques with an understanding of strategy and an ability to make projects work in practice.
    Why this course?:

    Our Executive MSc in Programme and Project Management is distinctive as it spans both programme and project management.

    The first two years are built around a series of nine intensive residential modules that are delivered over a series of three-day residential periods. You will also work on a group action consultancy project, spending three days working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. The final year will be focused on your thesis.

    Designed for business managers, civil servants and serving military officers, this course will develop reflective professionals who look at programme and project management from a 21st century perspective. 

    Graduates of our programme are able to come up with creative solutions to previously unsolved problems, and recognise that cross-functional knowledge and strategic vision are vital to success.

    Your teaching team:


    Lecturers:

    • Aidan Turner
    • Neil Turner
    • Elmar Kutsch
    • Arnoud Franken
    • Jeremy Hilton
    • Matthew Summers
    • Patrick Reinmoeller
    • Stephen Carver
     
    External Lecturers:

    • Liz Lee-Kelley
    • Bill Johnson
    • Jacquie Drake

    Accreditation:

    Our MSc in Programme and Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). Cranfield is also a member of the Major Projects Association (MPA) and the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

    Course details:

    The course is delivered in eight core modules with remote study in between, and includes a group action project and an individual thesis. 

    Group project:

    The group action project gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to a specific business issue. You will spend three days, working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. You will collect data, conduct analysis and report on the findings, and you will produce recommendations how the organisation can improve its core capabilities in programme and project management.

    Individual project:

    The thesis is an opportunity for you to carry out rigorous research in programme and project management that is of particular interest to you and your organisation. Integrating the skills and knowledge you have acquired with new research, you can apply them to particular challenges your organisation is facing. You will work closely with a supervisor who will provide expert guidance, insights and support throughout the project, from the planning stage through to delivery.   

    Assessment:

    Each module will be assessed through assignments. The residential modules will help to prepare you for the assessments but you will be expected to conduct private study in order to complete the assessments.

    Core modules:
    • Business Case and Financial Management
    • Foundations of Programme and Project Management
    • Group Action Project
    • Organisational Learning and Leading Transformational Change
    • Planning, Control, and Performance Measurement
    • Research Methods
    • Risk and Opportunities
    • Strategic Management and Supply Chain Management
    • The Reflective Manager 
    Fees and funding:

    Home EU Student Fees:

    MSc Part-time £21,000 *
    PgDip Part-time £16,000 *
    PgCert Part-time £8,000 *
       
    Oversees Fees:

    MSc Part-time £21,000 *
    PgDip Part-time £16,000 *
    PgCert Part-time £8,000 *

    * Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at six month intervals (i.e. the full fee to be paid over the first two years of their registration).

    Fee notes:
    • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
    • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
    • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
    Security clearance for Shrivenham:

    Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard V4 April 2014) prior to registration on the course or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

    Your application and BPSS clearance application will be shared during the application process with the MOD who have ultimate discretion over whether to admit applicants to the Shrivenham site. This information will be returned by the MOD to Cranfield University after checks are completed and no copies will be retained by the MOD.

    BPSS checks may involve confirmation of the following:

    Identity (e.g. Photo ID)
    Nationality and Immigration Status
    Employment/Academic History (covering the past 3 years)
    Criminal record (unspent convictions only)
    Additionally, applicants are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods (6 months or more in the past 3 years) of time spent abroad.

    This may be revised from time to time dependent on national security requirements. For more details, please consult the BPSS Guidance.

    It will take additional time to process your BPSS clearance application once you have completed your course application.

    Inability to access the Shrivenham site as a result of failure to meet security clearance requirements will result in a withdrawal of offer, or, if already registered, a termination of registration. 

    Your career:

    The programme is designed for experienced professionals working in programme and project management. It will help you to progress your career in the field by:

    Teaching you how best to provide effective leadership throughout project or programme lifecycle.
    Encouraging you to take a holistic approach to managing projects by exploring behavioural and strategic aspects.
    Ensuring you feel confident to take on more senior roles and more challenging projects.
    Giving you the opportunity to carry out a project of real value to your organisation.
    This programme will enhance your prospects when applying for senior positions within management as the in-depth academic and practical knowledge gained will be evident to your prospective employer.

    It also opens up opportunities outside your chosen programme of study as it demonstrates both your ability to learn and your intellectual capacity.

    To support your career goals Cranfield provides opportunities for you to network with fellow professionals, leading figures from industry and academic experts. Find out more about the Cranfield Network and the services we provide whilst you're here and for the rest of your career.

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