Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Institution code: R72
Campus: Central London
UK fees: £12,200
International/EU fees: £22,000
Software Project Management (MSc)
This exciting software industry focused masters degree opens digital sector job opportunities up to students with non-technical backgrounds. If you are a finalist or recent graduate in any subject wanting to boost your employability, this innovative course will develop your knowledge and skills to provide a pathway to success in the digital era.
Study our dedicated Software Project Management masters degree course and you’ll be taught by experienced practitioners from the digital sector.
In an area with considerable job growth, you’ll develop a strong skill set by studying the Prince 2 qualification, acquiring practical knowledge of project management, an in-depth understanding of Agile (software development) methodology, the ability to interact with developers and understand software engineering concepts. You will become confident in using acquired skills to communicate strategies to stakeholders at all levels.
You will enjoy studying in our well-equipped campus and work with our supportive academic staff to realise your full potential.
On graduating you will have knowledge of how software products are planned, developed and delivered and the ability to deliver a project over a full project lifecycle.
- Develop the knowledge and skillset to plan, design and deliver software management projects on time and on budget.
- Learn how to interact with developers and understand software engineering concepts
- Great career prospects in software project management and other related disciplines.
Core ModulesYear 1
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 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 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 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.
It is widely acknowledged that technology is at the core of modern organisations worldwide and there is an ever-increasing emphasis on applying technology systems and solutions to build resilience, drive innovation, provide business value and enable organisational transformation. In this environment, good technical knowledge and skills alone do not suffice. IT professionals are more and more required to have a more holistic understanding of fundamental concepts and interrelationships between the business functions, operating environment, key governance processes and software systems.
Taking the above into account, this module aims to provide you with:
- a broad and systematic understanding of the functional, architectural, financial, acquisition and technological perspectives of modern information systems
- the necessary knowledge of technology-related processes and of the associated real-world best practices.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the role of business intelligence systems in the IT environment of modern organisations. You will look at the concepts, terminology and architectures of data warehouses and business intelligence solutions, considering data modelling concepts and design solutions using dimensional modelling. You will examine the key elements of business intelligence applications such as data analysis, data mining and dashboards, and evaluate aspects of visualisation and the relationship between business intelligence solutions and CRM and ERP systems. You will also gain hands-on experience using industrial business intelligence tools.
This module will introduce the fundamental concepts and methods of software development and software engineering from both a theoretical and a real-world approach. The module content includes the following topics: introduction to software programs, programming constructs, programming languages and toolsets with Java as a reference language; introduction and fundamental concepts of software engineering; software lifecycle and processes; Agile software development; teamwork aspects in software projects; basics of software projects planning, software costs and estimation methods; requirements engineering; software design principles and software modelling aspects; software quality and software testing; configuration management; common toolsets in the software engineering process; ethics, trends and outlook.
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.
Teaching & assessment
There are nine modules in the taught phase of this programme. six from the Electronic Engineering department and three from the Computer Science department. Modules will be taught primarily in lectures with some seminar work. A proportion of work will be set to do outside of the classroom, including project and group work, and other modules will require additional reading prior to the next lecture.
All students are assigned a personal tutor who works with them in providing academic advice and pastoral support throughout their degree.
The majority of the assessments are coursework based with a mixture of group and individual pieces, and students will complete a dissertation project.
If you choose to study part-time the programme usually takes 2 years. However part time students may complete their programme of study over a period of up to 5 years.
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. Relevant professional qualifications and experience in an associated area will be considered.
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.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
Develop the tools to succeed in today’s digital workplace. On graduating you will have knowledge of how software products are planned, developed and delivered and the ability to deliver a project over a full project lifecycle.
Our project management 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.
Fees & funding
Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £12,200
EU and International students tuition fee per year**: £22,000
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.
* 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 course 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, please see our terms and conditions. Please note that for research courses, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home 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.
** The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals are no longer eligible to pay the same fees as UK students, nor be eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2022, we will award a fee reduction scholarship equivalent to 60% of the difference between the UK and international fee for your course. This will apply for the duration of your course. Find out more
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2022/23 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.