Strategic Project Management at Heriot-Watt University differentiates itself from other project management programmes by putting a greater emphasis on the strategic requirement in managing a portfolio of projects to deliver organisational goals.
In this way, Strategic Project Management encompasses both project management as a process to deliver end products and change management as a process to capture the rational and emotional buy-in of the people affected by a change to ensure its success. A postgraduate qualification in Strategic Project Management can benefit individuals in business, engineering, IT or science whose job involves managing or directing work that has a strategic focus and a defined end goal.
This programme reflects the content of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge and the Association for Project Management’s APM Body of Knowledge.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs full-time for 2 semesters (12 months) + dissertation (February to April, 3 months) (total 16 months), or part-time runs for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months).
Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be on campus during the summer break.
Students will study 8 key themes, which are:
- Strategic Project Management (Semester 1)
- Business Models: Themes & Issues (Semester 1)
- Strategic Change (Semester 1)
- Leadership (Semester 1)
- Research Philosophy & Practice (Semester 2)
- Quality Management and Engineering (Semester 2)
- Project Management (Semester 2)
- Leadership and Organisational Performance Dissertation (Semester 3)
Optional taught courses include:
- Systems Thinking and Analysis
- Demand and Inventory Planning
- Human Resource Management
- International Marketing
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Master's qualification undertake a dissertation/research project.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.
Graduates who have achieved this degree over the past eight years have reported a significant impact on their career development. Project management opportunities include those in financial services, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and construction. Graduates may also progress to portfolio management, event management and change management roles.
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Last updated October 19, 2018