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Project Management

Project Management

MSc
  • Option 1 year full time
  • Year of entry 2020
  • Campus Egham

The course

This course has a January 2021 start date available. For more information please see the Flexible learning 2020/21 page.

In recent years, businesses of all sizes, across all major industry sectors have become project-based. Those projects can now easily span different companies, regions, time zones, and integrate diverse knowledge bases and disciplines. And business, services and governments are looking for teams that can plan, coordinate and control both the output and underlying processes of a project, made up of individuals who can make a powerful contribution to the decision making involved.

On our one-year Project Management MSc you’ll learn how to apply project management principles across a range of disciplines and business sectors, from fashion and film to the charity sector; from the sciences to working in government. We’ll equip you with practical tools and skills, plus an understanding of the academic theories underpinning them, to set you up on your future career path.

We place a strong emphasis on the scientific and technological revolutions underway and the process of technological convergence, which have had a major impact on both the older established engineering industries and the younger electronics, wireless, computer, media and creative industries and internet-based start-ups.

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including CEOs and senior executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (like PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course, in a way that will not only build on your existing knowledge and experience, but increase your chances of finding employment at a salary level higher than the graduate national average wage in your chosen sector.

The Centre for Professional Studies was founded in 2013, recognising that international industries, firms, organisations and governments are demanding exceptional candidates who have the knowledge base and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully. It’s our ethos to combine academic excellence with industry related knowledge and expertise. 

  • Acquire the tools to succeed in today’s workplace, from applied management to financial and leadership skills in order to plan, design, execute and deliver projects on time and on budget
  • You’ll gain the practical and academic qualifications to meet demands of employers across competitive global markets, including the industry-recognised PRINCE2 qualification.
  • You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners and senior executives with portfolios covering both complex, multi-disciplinary projects and small, bespoke interventions in niche sectors.

Core Modules

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the critical issues and application of project management. You will look at the tools, techniques and body of knowledge involved in each stage of the project management life cycle, including project initiation, planning, execution, control and closure. You will consider how project management is applicable to all types of organisation and essential to the  corporate strategy. 

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the key aspects and practices in the management of operations and processes, including scheduling of activities, procurement and the supply chain. You will look at the concepts and theories of quality management, including planning, control and assurance, and learn how to apply these as part of the project management process. You will consider the historical evolution of operations and production management concepts, from craft production, through to mass production, lean production, agile manufacturing, modular manufacturing and mass customisation. you will also examine the totality of the tools comprising lean methods of production and kaizen continuous improvement activities.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the concepts, theories and principles associated with IT project management. You will look at the opportunities and challenges, and consider approaches to resolving these. You will examine risk management techniques and how these are applied to deliver value. You will also gain practical experience in planning, estimation and evaluation.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the importance of linking technology to corporate strategy. You will look at the tools and techniques that will enable middle and senior managers to develop, implement and manage technology, strategy and innovation at the business and corporate levels to meet the new competitive challenges of the knowledge-driven world economy in the 21st Century. You will examine the key characteristics of the converging scientific and technological revolutions, their impact on technological trajectories, convergence and discontinuities, and their implications for technology and corporate strategy in existing manufacturing and service sectors.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of how to identify and manage the risks resulting from project blockers. You will consider the limits of theoretical models such as PRINCE II when applied to real-life situations and the need to tailor tools and techniques to suit each project. You will examine the key obstacles to implementation and why project managers must anticipate resistance to change from individuals, teams and the organisation itself.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of investment appraisal techniques, the structure of project finance, and the relevance of corporate finance. You will look at strategic considerations in estimating costs and adopting budgets for projects, and examine types of capital structures used in project finance. You will consider the various funding structures and the differences between public and private sector investment. You will also critically evaluate the importance of risk management, including in-depth analysis of related methodologies.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the nature and application of Corporate Governance in modern organisations. You will look at agency and stakeholder communication theories, and examine the core differences between leading developing counties, including the UK, USA and France. You will consider Corporate Social Responsibility, interactions between ethical issues and sustainability, and how sustainable development is applied to corporate strategies.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the fundamental characteristics of Mega-Projects. You will look at the role of finance through public and private investors, and examine the contributions that such initiatives make to environmental, social, economic and institutional objectives at local, national and global levels. You will consider the international, national and regional jurisdictional frameworks that impact infrastructure projects, and analyse the diversity of stakeholders' agendas, focussing on sustainable infrastructure investment at all scales. You will also learn how to appraise the differences between similar projects, such as Olympic stadia, airport terminals, and nuclear power stations, and become familiar with the methods of risk management throughout the supply chains of these.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of how complex projects in the creative industries are managed and financed. You will look at real feature films and television shows, following a drama project from the birth of the story idea through to the cinema or television release. You will consider the ways to manage such projects successfully and explore how tortuous and full of pitfalls the creative path can be.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the common quantitative and qualitative methodologies used when conducting business research. You will look at relevant analytical, theoretical and contextual research, and learn to use software tools to analyse and critically interpret empirical findings and data. You will consider how to prepare a research proposal and examine relevant frameworks for research ethics, reliability, and validity.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making. You will look at the properties of profit and how it's measured, and consider the nature and role of the major financial statements. You will examine the accounting conventions underlying the preparation of financial reports in an international context, and the progression that has been made towards harmonised international financial reporting standards. You will also learn how to undertake ratio analysis of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, and become familiar with the key principles of management accounting.

  • You will identify a significant subject area and problem faced by project managers. You will deploy business research methods, collect and analyse data, and produce a substantial written report of around 15,000 words to a professional standard.

Optional Modules

All modules are core

Over the 12 months of this course, you’ll take eleven taught course units, attend various seminars and workshops and complete a final project or dissertation. Term 1 is made up of six taught course units, term 2 comprises five taught course units. The dissertation of 15,000 words will be on a project management topic.  

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including CEOs and senior executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (like PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course, in a way that will not only build on your existing knowledge and experience, but increase your chances of finding employment at a salary level higher than the graduate national average wage in your chosen sector. 

2:2

UK 2:2 (Honours) degree or equivalent. Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will be considered.

Normally we require a UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent.

International & EU requirements

English language requirements

All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.

The scores we require
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
  • Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. No subscore lower than 51.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.

Country-specific requirements

For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.

Graduates of our Project Management courses have pursued – and been successful in – careers across a range of industries. The nature of the role gives you the flexibility to oversee the completion of a project in any sector or industry. Roles in Project Management can vary and are not limited to professionals who oversee the completion of a project.

It will be your role as the project manager to take ownership for a specific aspect of a project, making sure it’s delivered to all stakeholders’ satisfaction, individuals who provide detailed knowledge on a specific project discipline and those who provide professional support services to a range of projects.

Our alumni have successfully entered into a wide range of professions and several industries, making substantial contributions to multidisciplinary project teams and the financing, execution and delivery of projects. This has helped them progress through the organisation and into senior management positions of the firm or change career paths. Some industries you could go into include: 

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Software, Wireless and Internet based ventures
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
  • Agriculture and Food Industry and Distribution
  • Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Industries
  • Finance and International Banking
  • International Project Finance
  • Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Aerospace
  • Construction, Mining and Mineral Processing
  • Automotive
  • Government Departments
  • International Organisations such as NGOs, aid agencies, UN, EU, APEC
  • Consultancy
  • Film Production
  • TV Production
  • Music industry
  • Social Media

Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £11,600

International students tuition fee per year**: £19,000

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions.

Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.

*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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