Project Management MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course provides you with an in-depth appreciation of project management theories and practices and their importance to contemporary businesses, including the need to manage and plan complex projects in an integrated manner, within an overall business environment. You will study the skills and tools that help projects run more efficiently and effectively, particularly in the face of the challenging but highly rewarding project-based business environment. This course is aimed primarily at graduates who wish to move into a project management role. It is suited to those who wish to work in the complex functions of major construction, IT, manufacturing, services and retail, as project managers.

The course provides the essential frameworks, concepts and toolkit required for the management of projects, programmes, and portfolios. Formal lectures are supported by seminars or tutorials. Lectures will be provided by an experienced team with a vast experience in teaching and industry who will be blending theoretical knowledge with practical methodologies, methods and techniques to provide an employment-focused skills-set of project management. Guest lectures will host leading project managers and consultants. There is an extensive use of case studies in seminars to apply theory to practice and explore and critically analyse the benefits of project management tools used in those case projects. Our case studies are based on real small, medium and mega projects from variant industries such as oil and gas, IT, services, retail, construction and health care.

We encourage you to:

• Learn through innovative teaching techniques including case studies, simulations and interactive games.

• Gain the opportunity to network with experts from industry and academia, exploring real-world expertise and advice for students.

• Investigate real-business projects through guest speakers and group work projects.

• Gain the experience of the industry standard backed with theory.

The course offers the opportunity for you to apply your newly acquired knowledge in Project Management through a three-month assessed research project, which is undertaken during the summer. The output from the project will be in the format of a potentially publishable academic article. The best papers will be taken forward for publication by your Research Supervisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your CV with a published conference or journal article.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.


Departmental of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Telephone: +44 1484 472956

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

The course is divided into three terms. During terms one and two you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the project, programme and portfolio management. In your final term, you have the opportunity to lead your own research through your research paper project.

Modules: TERM 1

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination.

Strategic Management

The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.

Supply Chain Planning and Control

The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain.

The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.

Procurement and Purchasing

The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.


Project Management

The module provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising projects within manufacturing and service organisations. The module will cover project planning, role of project managers, project risk management and sustainability.

Applied Project Management

This module focuses on the tools and techniques of project planning and control, leading you through the project life-cycle, from planning to closure and review. It seeks to develop your skills in work scoping, planning, controlling and scheduling as well as demonstrate their application in the execution of a real project. You will be introduced to PM frameworks and software and acquire and develop your technical and communication skills throughout the management of a practical and applied project.

The Human Elements Of Project Management

This module aims to provide a firm foundation of the relationship between human resource issues and project management. Within that it aims to provide an understanding of the management of people, teams and outsourced (contracted) services, developing the role of the project manager as both a client and service provider. This encompasses concepts of leadership, performance management, partnership working, organisational politics, as well as the essence of client/contractor relationships and management needs.

Information Systems

This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment (50%) and an in-class test (50%).


Economics Research Paper

You will work with academic staff to produce and submit a journal-type piece of work for publication, in any area of economics. This provides a greater insight into the subject for those wishing to continue their studies at doctoral level whilst adding value to the CVs of those taking up graduate employment

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course is aimed primarily at graduates who wish to move into project management role but whose first degree is perhaps in another subject. It is suited to those who wish to work in project management functions of major manufacturers and service sector organisations, as project managers. The course provides an in-depth understanding of project management and its importance to contemporary businesses, including the need to manage and plan projects, programmes and portfolios, in an integrated manner, within an overall business environment. This course will improve your career prospects as a project manager in various industries such as oil and gas, construction, IT, manufacturing, public sector, healthcare, services and retail.

Teaching and assessment

Subjects are studied through a range of different and engaging teaching methods. Teaching methods include lectures, case study discussions, group work, and an individual and group projects. Latest technologies will be used in lectures to deliver the theoretical concepts utilising videos and smart phone applications that facilitate instant assessment of your understanding of key learning points. Leading consultants and project managers will be invited to guest lecture and discuss hot issues in the field with students on the course. Seminars are based on case studies and business games to apply project management theories and tools. Assessments include individual and group assignments, individual examinations and in-class tests.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information. If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Tuition fee loans

Postgraduate students from the UK/EU (full or part-time) can now receive tuition fee support to cover the cost of their studies. You may be eligible to access up to £10,280 in loans towards your study costs. You can find out more from Student Finance England.

How to apply

Research community

Centre for Performance Improvement (CPI) is a research centre that is at the core of research activities related to Project Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Rail at the Business School. CPI focuses on aspects of key research areas in the design and management of projects, processes, products, and services. CPI conducts regular and irregular research events in related fields of studies and hosts researchers and speakers to share their research experiences. We encourage all our project management students to take an active part in CPI events.

For further information about research in the Business School visit here

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