The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 24 months
Start date: September 2019 Tuition fee: £10,906 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Managing projects effectively is a valuable skill in a wide range of careers. How do you manage the resources and tools at your disposal against challenges such as time, cost and quality constraints in order to produce the optimal outcome?

This course is designed to develop your personal and professional skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, leadership, critical evaluation and time management, alongside giving you practical techniques and in-depth knowledge of best practices when managing projects of any size.

Areas of study include:

  • project management frameworks, methodology and techniques
  • financial decision-making in the short and long term
  • effective leadership and management within project teams
  • the analytical tools available to manage a portfolio of projects

To complete your studies, you will need to create a usiness and Management Research Report on the commercial or organisation issue of your choice within the scope of the program. You will be encouraged to explore an area that has not been investigated previously and to create an independent study featuring inventive solutions to the problems posed.

Why we’re great

  • No need to take a break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
  • We’re the only exclusively online provider to have received a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Global recognition and validation by the University of Essex rated 29th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

The MSc Project Management degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Teaching Methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our MSc Project Management course has an indicative study duration of 2 years, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Project management skills are directly transferable to a wide range of industries, and job candidates who demonstrate their commitment to and knowledge of the field are often sought out for high-level roles. A postgraduate qualification is an ideal way to showcase this on your CV. Positions directly related to project management will see obvious benefit, and this course is also of value to those working in management consultancy, finance, marketing, sales, as well as project management professionals within specialist industries such as healthcare or property.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MSc Project Management, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  •  an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work Experience Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our MSc Project Management, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £10,906
Monthly tuition fee: £454

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront or annually.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: David Dixon B.Sc (Econ), P.G.C.E, M.A 
Programme: MSc Business and Management 

David graduated in 1979 with a 2:1 in Analytical & Descriptive Economics, and then went on to complete his Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1987. A teacher and lecturer for 26 years, then progressing to programme leader and senior lecturer positions, for the last 7 years David has been Programme Leader and Academic Director for University of Essex Online. David is a committed egalitarian and secularist and believes that education is key to promoting social and economic welfare. He has a long-standing commitment to ‘life-long learning’ and widening access to education.

 

Name: Mark Flagg 
Programme: BA (Hons) Business and Management 

Mark is a Qualified Teacher (PGCE) with an Executive MBA, and MA in Professional Development, Education and Training. He is also a specialist in Education, Leadership and Management, Change Management. Mark is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Management Institute and a member of the CIPD. He has experience in Management and Education, having worked in the Private and Public Sectors, including Royal Mail , NHS and Universities and Colleges. Mark is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and the Association of Project Management and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. He is currently a Programme Director at the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

 

Name: Matt Jones 
Programme: BA (Hons) Business and Management 

With over a decade of industry experience in leadership and management, drawn across private and public sectors, Matt now holds a number of Higher Education roles. Matt is an experienced Business Tutor with University of Essex Online delivering a range of modules including: Leadership & Managing Teams; Business Planning; Business Strategy; Marketing & Project Management. Dissertation Supervisor for MBA / MSc students. Prior to working in Higher Education; Matt gained a wealth of experience in Financial Services Management, Retail Management, and the UK Public Sector. Matt’s research interests pivot around E-Leadership, Cyber-Crime, Advanced Information Technology, Leadership, Business Systems and E-Business.

What our students say

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Andy Robertson - BA (Hons) Business and Management

Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager. However, as a mature student, the vagaries and pressures of work take priority and zap your energy, making the balance beyond work, between family and study even more precarious. In maintaining the balance between work, study and home life, I learned that one has to set aside a period known as the “study period” and sacrifice being idle! Giving up free time simply means giving up time without purpose, a really neat trick of useful time management. And when in doubt, I sought the great bunch of tutors and student advisers at University of Essex Online.

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Aisha Legge, MBA - Essex Online MBA

I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours. Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies. My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future.

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Paul Nicholson, BA (Hons) Business and Management - BA (Hons) Business and Management

I was a project leader in the oil and gas industry, wanting to take my career to the next level. Learning through an online programme provided me with the flexibility I needed to manage my work and family life. Studying in the evenings and at weekends worked well for me, but without the support and understanding of my wife and daughter, it could have been very difficult. Summer holidays saw me sitting in air-conditioned rooms writing assignments while my family entertained themselves. I would say family ‘buy-in’ and support is crucial to succeed! However, while I've made sacrifices, I'll definitely reap the rewards in the long term.

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