MSc

Project Management

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: One year full-time / two years with a work placement (September starters)

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Project Management is a growing field with a strong focus on finding graduates with strong theoretical background in Project and Programme Management. 15.7 million new Project Management roles will be created globally by 2020 (PMI 2013).

Our MSc Project Management course has been designed to equip you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to design, plan and execute projects successfully. The course allows you to put theory and contemporary thinking into practical Project Management settings.

This MSc is designed with employers’ requirements in mind, offering a broad understanding of all elements of Project Management such as stakeholder management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, risk management and people management, amongst others.

You will gain skills that are transferable across a number of industries including automotive, oil and gas, aerospace and defence, IT, engineering, healthcare plus many more.

Why study this degree?

  • No previous experience required -  Returning back to basics is key to success; hence before moving on to deep waters, we start by covering fundamental concepts and principles. Whether already in the profession or at the start of your career, we make sure that everyone is on the same page and ready to excel.
  • Be made a hybrid manager -  In addition to key subject areas, you will also be taught a number of skills that will help you stand out of the crowd. These include for example Negotiation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Microsoft Project.
  • Flexible learning for you - With typically 2 days per week direct contact time for subject-related modules, we make sure you have enough time to take in and digest all the material.
  • Quality in, quality out - Here at NBS, we love what we do! You will be taught by industry experts who will make sure that you are fully trained to face the challenges of today’s business environment.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

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What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

  • Modules

    Semester One

    Principles of Project Management (20 credits)

    This module will introduce you to the key principles, methodologies, tools and techniques of project management. You will be introduced to core definitions and concepts including project characteristics. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of project environment and lifecycle, a project managers role, common failures and how to address them.

    Leading Projects Teams (20 credits)

    This module will develop your understanding of how to lead a team and manage individuals effectively. You will also explore ways to motivate, retain and engage people. You will build your knowledge and skills in areas such as people management, team development and leadership.

    Maximising Project Success (20 credits)

    This module aims to show you how to apply project management techniques in real projects to achieve success. It also looks at challenges modern project managers face and ways in which to realise benefits.

    Semester Two

    Project Planning and Control (20 credits)

    This module will build upon the 'Principles of Project Management' module. You will learn specialised skills and techniques aimed to improve your skills in planning, monitoring and controlling projects.

    Problem Solving in Context (20 credits)

    This module shows you how to think creatively, deal with problems and make accurate decisions throughout the project lifecycle. You will learn practical approaches to tackling problems as and when they arise.

    Project and Programme Strategy (20 credits)

    This module aims to foster a critical understanding of strategy and its relationship with projects. You will explore project, programme and portfolio management in the context of wider theory incorporating the Theory of Constraints. You will also demonstrate an understanding of strategic issues in project management in the context of wider theory.

    Semester Three

    In your final semester you'll take on a experiential project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge you've gained to produce a challenging, meaningful piece of work. Projects include:

    Consultancy Experience Project (40 credits)

    Working as part of a team, you'll undertake focused research, developing your professional skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You'll present your findings to the client and learn valuable project management tools and concepts.

    Internship Experience Project (40 credits)

    On an internship of 12 weeks or more, you'll apply the theories you've learnt to a substantial, live project. This will involve focused research, developing skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You'll also learn project management tools and concepts.

    Business Research Project (40 credits)

    This project is a more traditional piece of independent research, creating an academic research paper, presentation and methodological reflection. Because we believe experiential learning is so important, this project is only available to students with significant prior work experience or a desire to progress to a PhD.

    For more information about semester three options please visit our Experiential Projects page.

    Ongoing Learning

    Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

    Transformational Leadership Development (10 credits)

    Transformational management education is a key focus within NBS, where effective ethical education across all business and management courses is the foundation of our students’ abilities to understand and contribute in meaningful ways towards current and future challenges in the area of sustainable development. The purpose of the module is to increase understanding of how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development in order to enable sustained career success and to be an effective and transformational leader.

    Research Methods for Managers (10 credits)

    The purpose of the module is for you to acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to formulate, plan and conduct effective research to inform management decisions, through conducting a small-scale research project.

    Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience (2 year course only)

    This module aims to develop your understanding of the business and commercial environment. You will apply relevant prior knowledge and skills in the business environment increasing your commercial awareness. On completion of the module, you will have developed a range of skills and have a practical insight into the world of work and possible career opportunities.

  • Assessment Methods

    A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

    The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

  • Placement Opportunities

    If you start your Masters in September you can apply for the two-year option where you can add a year’s work placement onto your course. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to help boost your career prospects once graduating.

    Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

    See our placements page for further details and read our frequently asked questions document for additional help.

    Please note that placements are not guaranteed and you will need to work hard in securing one during your first semester. We have a dedicated employability team who are here to help and support you during the placement process with CV writing, creating a LinkedIn page, interview tips, where to search for a placement etc. You can visit the Employability Team’s placement page for further information.

  • Professional Development

    We are pleased to announce that our MSc Project Management course has been approved by the the Association for Project Management (APM). This prestigious accreditation ensures a high standard of relevance and excellence. As well as gaining a recognised masters qualification, you will be given the opportunity to take up a membership with the APM which is a valuable tool for networking and building connections.

    You can read our case study on the APM website here.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s teaching and learning is gold-rated by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – that means you can count on outstanding teaching and learning, an education that’s truly focused on the workplace, and fantastic support in and outside of the classroom.

How you’re taught

How you’re taught

Our Masters courses enable students to challenge pre-conceived thoughts and question the applicability and relevance of theories within a constructive and collaborative environment.

We will help you to expand your thought process and develop your critical thinking skills through a combination of our teaching methods, and giving you many opportunities to challenge the perspectives and ideas of your tutors and peers on a regularly basis.

Teaching and Learning methods include a mix of contact and non-contact activities, including lectures, seminars, presentations, group exercises, and independent or self-directed study, amongst others.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing degree courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules. The interactive nature of the taught sessions also offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and allows you to submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

Support and Guidance

We want you to get the very most out of your time at NTU. That is why we ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during assessment periods and the early stages of your degree.

You will receive a comprehensive induction at the start. You will also have a number of one-to-one tutor sessions during the year, which will allow you to discuss your personal and professional development, gain feedback about your work and raise any issues that you may be experiencing.

Below is a list of some of the support services available to you throughout your time at NTU:

  • advice on money matters
  • support and information on your health and well-being
  • faith and spiritual support
  • access to disability and dyslexia specialists
  • international student support
  • support for mature students

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Welcoming students from across the world

Nottingham Trent University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more about our International Student Support Services.

You'll complete a hands-on project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge you've gained to produce a meaningful piece of work. Projects include the Consultancy Experience Project, the Internship Experience Project, the Business Research Project and the Global Experience Project.

Careers and employability

Career destinations

Project Management graduates can go on to successful careers in finance, consultancy or manufacturing, to name but a few. Our excellent links with over 600+ companies ensure you are highly employable upon graduation. In recent years, our students have worked at a range of world-renowned organisations, including:

  • 3M
  • Barclays
  • Boots
  • British Telecom
  • CISCO
  • E.ON
  • Experian
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Rolls Royce
  • Volkswagen
  • Waitrose

Graduates who successfully complete the course can also go on to register for a PhD or DBA.

*Please note all students will need to secure their own placements with the help of our Employability team. Above are examples of companies were students have successfully secured jobs after graduation.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and time out
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

Visit Employability Online for CV support, application, interview and job hunting advice, career ideas and employer videos.

You can visit the Employability Team on your local campus every day during term time. They are also open outside of term time too, except on University closure days. So drop in, say hello, and get help with quick enquiries or book an appointment with a careers consultant from your school.

You can choose to add a year’s work placement making your Masters a two year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international entry requirements page.

Pre-Masters and foundation degrees

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

NTU is ranked 16th overall and 18th for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

If you would like more information about our courses, fees and funding or the application process please email nbs.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study route

Home / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£9,250

Two years (placement year)*

£10,635 (£9,250 in year one and £1,385 in year two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page or our funding page will answer all your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for Master degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Find out more on our postgraduate loans page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study route

International fees

One year (full-time)

£14,200

Two years (placement year)*

£15,585 (£14,200 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships

If you’re an international student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460