MSc in Business Project Management

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in Business Project Management

London South Bank University

This accredited masters course is for individuals wishing to further their careers in project management or consultancy. In today's business environment, the skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. Organisations, businesses, and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the strategic importance of effective project management for gaining a competitive advantage.
A masters degree in the rapidly growing area of project management will help develop skills that are highly sought-after globally in almost every sector.
This course is particularly relevant for professionals who wish to be able to run complex projects with a range of stakeholders, managing all phases to time and to budget.
This course is underpinned by the core competencies at the heart of the Association of Project Managers (APM), so you can be sure that what you learn is contemporary, relevant, and directly applicable in the workplace.
Our aim is to help you develop a range of technical skills that will be complemented by transferable soft skills so that you develop as an independent learner and thinker who is comfortable tackling the two key ideas in modern Business Project Management: choosing the right project and doing the project right. This means you'll be able to identify and select projects that are going to benefit an organization, and then deliver them within the scope required, to the budget and on schedule. With that skill set, it isn't hard to see why graduates from this course are in high demand.
The course also provides professional training to gain a relevant project management certification examination, for instance, PRINCE2. The course also provides further opportunities to gain certification in the following areas for a discounted rate via the university:
  • PRINCE2® Foundation
  • PRINCE2® Practitioner
  • APM Introductory Certificate (IC)
  • MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Foundation
  • MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner
  • MoP® (Management of Portfolio) Foundation
  • MoV® (Management of Value) Foundation
  • M_o_R® (Management of Risk) Foundation
  • P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Office) Foundation
  • AgilePM Foundation
  • PPS (Programme and Project Sponsorship)


Accreditations


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 15 months January; September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2.5 years (block delivery) January; September Southwark Campus


Modules

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of PRINCE2 project management
  • Business case development
  • Operational research and systems approach
  • Project: Value, innovation, and change
  • Fundamentals of AGILE project management
  • Quality standards and management
  • Project risk management
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation


Employability

A project manager plays a key role in helping businesses introduce change through the development of a new product, process or service. In order to succeed, you'll need to be highly adaptable and able to work in areas as diverse as IT, health services and education, local and national government, media and sport and leisure.


Practical application enhances skillset

This course is all about the practical application of theory. It comes to life through case studies and examples of a variety of businesses and organizations across the world, rather than existing only in the dusty pages of a textbook. This practical element, along with the understanding of key concepts and principles of identified approaches, enhances your professional competency and gives you the platform to work either in direct control of projects or in a research-based capacity looking at improving project processes, integrating projects with the business environment.

We're committed to helping you develop your employability. That commitment means that we've worked hard to make the course relevant to the industry that awaits you, but in a competitive marketplace, we're also able to help you go even further.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to publish research dissertations and gain project management experience, which can only add to your employability.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Teaching and Learning

In addition to addressing the APM's core competencies, the course has five objectives which underpin it:

  • Enabling change through combining traditional techniques such as cash flow spreadsheets with innovative new ideas, like qualitative system dynamics
  • Applying soft and hard analysis approaches associated with Operational Research and Systems Movement
  • Applying PRINCE2 and MS Project theories and practices/
  • Developing a critical understanding of different research methods and methodologies for project management

We've developed this course with three interconnected areas in mind of profession, practice, and research. As a result, every module is built with an awareness of the requirements of project management bodies such as the APM (in the UK) and the Project Management Institute (in the USA). The bodies of knowledge of these organizations are combined with PRINCE2 project management methodology and MS Project and applied to real-world project assignments that will also require the application of a variety of methodologies and techniques to give you invaluable practical experience, which you can further enhance through work placements are undertaken while studying for your dissertation.

Our academic team then take all of this knowledge and experience and develop and apply new theories and approaches as part of their research, which in turn influences how project management develops as a discipline. Lecturing staff has a history of publishing dissertations, with postgraduate students, in journals and conferences. Moreover, staff regularly chair project management streams at Business Research Methodology and Operational Research conferences


Entry requirements

We expect you to have some practical experience in business, but the precise amount will vary on how relevant your Bachelor's degree is in Business Project Management.

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. business, business analytics, management science, economics or finance) or at least 2:2 (honors) or Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division and at least two years' experience working in the business.
  • A bachelor's degree in a non-relevant subject of at least 2:2 (honors) standard, and at least five years' experience working in the business.
  • We are happy to consider other qualifications combined with appropriate experience that are equivalent to the amounts outlined above.
  • You'll be expected to have a first-hand appreciation of general business processes, business planning cycles and the general business environment. We expect you to have been involved in business decision making at an operational level, and to have supported strategy development at a departmental level. You'll also have some quantitative business skills and be familiar with handling and manipulating quantitative data which could have been acquired either through a relevant bachelor degree or via five years' work experience.

The quantitative business skills we are looking for from you are:

  • The ability to use appropriate ICT to investigate, analyze and summarise numerical data.
  • A knowledge of the standard mathematical models used to support decision making in an area of business activity such as accounting, finance, forecasting, investment, risk analysis, production planning, inventory control etc.
  • The ability to produce and interpret reports produced in support of quantitative decision making in an area of business such as those listed in the bullet point above

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 8, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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15 - 30 months
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8,700 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
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