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What makes Project Management at Worcester special?

This postgraduate course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to give you a competitive advantage in Project Management.

You will develop your expertise in areas such as entrepreneurship, project management, risk management, leadership and human resource management, all of which are important tools for a successful project manager. You will have the opportunity to work as a member of a project management team and be involved in developing a project plan that is presented to real clients for feedback and, potentially, deliver the plan for them as a live project.

You will be taught by senior academics who have wealth of professional experience and excellent links with industry. Their teaching is informed by insights from industry and the course content is both practical and relevant to real business life. You will also be offered an internship option to provide you with a flavour of the actual world of business.

Overview

Overview

  • Scholarships and Discounts for international students, based on their grades
  • Work-related curriculum that enhances the ability to adapt to complex situations
  • Modules based on contemporary research, scholarship and cutting-edge thinking
  • Opportunities to work with senior academics who have extensive experience in Project Management
  • Cross-learning amongst students of diverse backgrounds and business practices from around the world
  • The opportunity to gain access to local and national employers through the internship
  • A flexible design allowing two entry points, in September and January  
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 level or above in any subject  (or International students holding a qualification recognised as equivalent by the University).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning.  Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for further information or guidance on 01905 855111. Further information on Recognition of Prior Learning can be found at our Registry Services page.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice

International students 

We accept IELTS, Pearson and many Cambridge certificates as a proof of English language fluency on our degree courses. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered as well as qualifications recognised as equivalent by the University. Some courses may require a higher score for professional accreditation or registration. Find out more about language requirements and support.

Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency to a minimum level of 6.5 IELTS (and minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Business Postgraduate page.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

The course is composed of 8 x modules and a 60 credit Research Project module. Student must take the mandatory modules as follows and are able to customise their degree to match their own interests from their choice of optional modules

Modules

Mandatory

  • Contract and Procurement
  • Project Management Theory and Practice
  • Risk and Quality Management
  • Financial Management
  • Research Methods
  • Global Strategy
  • Leadership and Change Management

60 credit research module

  • Research Project (Dissertation)

Optional 

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Managing for Sustainable Futures
  • Business Information Systems
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The internship

An optional internship (up to 6 months in duration) is available to all students, taking place on completion of the taught modules. This internship will not be credit-rated but will allow the student to gain first-hand experience within a real business environment to enhance their future employability.  Students may also choose to make use of this opportunity to base their Research Project on a business-related issue arising during the internship. There may be possibilities, with the employer’s permission, to gain access to research participants and primary data, and to apply their understanding of theories and principles discussed within their programme to a live organisational setting.

Securing the internship is the responsibility of the students to arrange and is not necessarily paid. Students who request the internship option will need to secure this by a specified deadline. If the deadline isn't met, the course will revert to the route without internship .

Part-time option

The course will normally take one academic year to complete. Part time students will complete the course over 2 years at least. The maximum registration periods allowed for the completion of these awards in part time mode (without credit on entry) is 6 years.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions during the academic year. You will be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation who will assist you with the selection and planning of a suitable and manageable research topic.

An optional internship (up to 6 months in duration) is available to all students, taking place on completion of the taught modules.  This internship will not be credit-rated but will allow the student to gain first-hand experience within a real business environment to enhance their future employability.  Students may also choose to make use of this opportunity to base their Research Project on a business-related issue arising during the internship. There may be possibilities, with the employer’s permission, to gain access to research participants and primary data, and to apply their understanding of theories and principles discussed within their programme to a live organisational setting.

Contact time

Each module will have a weekly session of two hours. In a typical week full time students will have around 8 contact hours of teaching.  For part time students, this will depend on the number of modules being taken.  Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Delivering theoretical content to address contemporary marketing issues
  • Practical tasks relating theory to practice
  • Discussions and group activities
  • Case studies and other exercises

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, a full time student is expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week, making this equivalent in total with contact time to working full time. Typically, this will involve reading, researching, preparing for group work, rehearsing presentations, preparing for assessments and exams.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

  • Full time students can finish the course in one year. Students who take the internship option will not be required to take extra modules, but their course duration will be extended by 6 months. 
  • Part time students would normally complete the course in no less than two years, but the maximum registration period is 6 years.  They have the option of selecting up to 90 credits of study per year, but the Research Project should be the final module taken.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

Feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test your understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assessments. Formative assessments carry no weighting but are important. They are designed to help you achieve your best in the final summative assessments. Formative assessment can take different forms such as student support teams, informal peer assessment, progress tests or mock examinations. It is also embedded in your ongoing engagement with tutors’ and is part of the personal academic tutorial system.

Each module has one or more ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, group presentations and a final year dissertation. The finance module will have an exam in it.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for a full-time student is:

Semester 1

  • 1 Research proposal
  • 1 Exam
  • 1 Individual report
  • 1 Individual consultancy report
  • 1 Group presentation

Semester 2

  • 1 Individual report
  • 1 Individual presentation
  • 1 Group presentation
  • 1 Reflective essay
  • 1 Exam

Semester 3

  • Research Project

The precise assessment requirements for part-time students will vary according to the modules selected.

All assignments will be internally marked and moderated as well as being externally examined as per the University of Worcester  assessment policy. 

 

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all lecturers on the course have or are working towards a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Further information about staff profiles can be view at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

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Dr Abdulmaten Taroun

Dr Taroun's teaching interests include Marketing, Project Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Risk & Value Management

Careers

Where could it take you?

This course has been designed in a way that allows you to develop high-level knowledge and skills to pursue a career in Project Management. This is a growing area of interest and many people are becoming specialists in this field due to its importance in today’s globalised world and business landscape. The content of this course has been developed with reference to Association of Project Management (APM) in order to reflect current and best project management practices.

Project management (PM) skills are sought after in today’s job market. Fierce competition is driving companies towards innovative products and services, and successful project management is key for survival and growth. This course introduces you to various sources of information and methods of analysis for the purpose of business decision making in successfully managing projects. Furthermore, the course develops the critical thinking skills which are essential for boosting your employability prospects. In addition, the international nature of the candidates, the diversity of expertise and backgrounds together with the University's commitment to the sustainability agenda will all have a profound impact on your employability

Links with employers

The Business School works closely with a number of professional organisations including the Chartered Institute of Management, Institute of Commercial Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Institute of Financial Accountants, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, and British Computer Society.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

International fees and finance

If you are an international applicant, information on international fees and relevant scholarships is available on our International student fees page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £11,222 per eligible student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For more details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

International Scholarships and Discounts 

There are substantial Postgraduate Scholarships and Discounts available for International Students of up to £3,000, based on their grades. 

Further information is available on our International student fees page.

Alternatively, please contact the course leader, Dr Taroun a.taroun@worc.ac.uk

 

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