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Postgraduate online course

Project Management PgCert, PgDip, MSc

Study entirely online for a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's delivered in partnership with 2020 Project Management.

three people working on a project together

Develop your strategic and practical approaches to managing projects in a range of environments. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practice of project management. We will give you the tools and techniques to contribute to the delivery of projects. You will study online and gain your degree within 18 months. Our course includes the option to gain additional professional qualifications and receive guidance on working towards Chartership.

  • Online only

In partnership with

  • 2020 Project management logo
  • APM logo
  • PMI logo

Online

  • Duration – 1 year full time or 18 months part time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent relevant work experience

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £8,000

    International 2020-21 £8,000

Project Management

Course overview

This course has been designed for project professionals in partnership with 2020 Project Management, the largest independent provider of project management training in the UK. They work with companies and individuals internationally, with clients including BP, EDF Energy and the Ministry of Defence.

With this partnership between industry and education institutions comes a unique opportunity. You will study academic content alongside innovative and effective project management solutions used by some of the largest companies in the UK.

You will examine issues which impact organisations and their projects, drawing on your experiences and those of your peers. You will study and evaluate key theories and concepts while gaining knowledge of strategic and operational processes and techniques in project management.

Special features of the course include:

  • A flexible approach to learning that lets you balance your studies with other commitments
  • Online video lectures that are tailored to help you develop your critical thinking and innovative skills
  • Insight from experienced practitioners
  • Opportunities to examine real case studies
  • The option to gain additional professional certifications
  • Guidance towards Chartership
  • Payment of fees via instalments is available.

Course structure

How you will study 

You can study this postgraduate course full time, or part time. You can start this course in September or January.

This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments. This course is completed via distance learning and all your seminars and lectures will be delivered online.

For postgraduate study, our academic year is split into 3 terms.

If you choose to study full time, it will take 12 months to complete the course and graduate with an MSc. You will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in term 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in term 2
  • Your Capstone Project in term 3.

If you choose to study part time, the course will take 18 months to complete the course and graduate with an MSc. You will take:

  • 2 compulsory modules in term 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in term 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in term 3
  • Your Capstone Project will be taken across the next 2 terms in your second year of study.

It is possible to study part of the full master's course to achieve either a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). For these qualifications, you would need to:  

  • Complete 3 modules for the PgCert. The modules you take will depend on your start date.
  • Complete 6 modules for the PgDip.

The modules you take for these qualifications will depend on your start date.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an overview of the key concepts and strategies of project management as well as examining the project environment and its impacts on project success. It introduces the various methodologies and frameworks that can be adopted to best suit the nature of the proposed project including the processes involved in the definition and planning of a project. as well as the various project lifecycle approaches. An important aspect to the module is the consideration of sustainability practices and how these are often at odds with the traditional triple constraints. The role of the professional associations in this emerging discipline will also be examined.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

In this module you will explore the key theories and principles of strategic project management as well as evaluating the importance of robust governance. The module will evaluate the underpinning change management theory and its relationship with delivering strategic projects. Consideration is given to the importance of decision-making throughout the project lifecycle as well as the selection of projects in order to ensure a balanced portfolio. The module will examine the crucial role of the business case in providing the rationale and identification of the benefits to be realised, as well as consideration of the use of PMOs as a strategic tool. An important aspect of the module is the consideration of regulatory aspects and the underpinning quality management and assurance.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module examines the process of risk management and the underlying psychology that impacts on our approach to project risk, giving consideration to both threats and opportunities and how they may impact on the objectives. It will differentiate between risks and hazards, and evaluate the potential sources of risk together with the various tools and techniques used to identify and analyse project risk exposure. It will also provide an overview of probability theory and how this is affected by multiple risk occurrence. The module will further consider the risk response mechanisms available to the project manager and the importance of contingency in this process.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

In this module you will explore leadership theories and how these relate to effective project team development. With a focus on the challenges encountered as a result of individual and group behaviours, this module will consider social and organisational psychology and will also consider the principles of ethics in relation to the management of projects. It will analyse the role of conflict management and critically appraise the management strategies often adopted. The importance of appropriate project communication will also be addressed, both within the project team as well as with the wider stakeholder environment and it will examine how effective engagement with all stakeholders can contribute to overall project success.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

An important aspect to any project is planning and this module provides an overview of the key planning processes, focusing on scheduling and network diagrams together with critical path analysis. It will address the important role of estimation in project planning, in particular, the pitfalls and risks. It will also consider the challenges of effective resource allocation including ongoing management through levelling and smoothing. It will further examine the crucial role of monitoring and control throughout the project lifecycle.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an overview of the commercial management of projects. It will evaluate the financial appraisal techniques and consider the potential sources of funding which allow for effective project budgeting. It will also analyse the approaches to procurement including tendering and provider selection, and ultimately, the contracting strategy. The module will also consider the potential issues that may be faced and the legal recourse available to the project manager including dispute resolution.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is designed to build on your learning throughout the programme and affords an opportunity to demonstrate its application to a current project management issue. By undertaking an independent investigation project, students will be required to develop an advanced ability to define, research and analyse a topic of their choice in order to identify potential solutions and reach evidence-based conclusions. You can opt to undertake your project either as an academic dissertation or an applied business consultancy.

Teaching and assessment

Delivery

The programme delivery is based on principles of adult learning, recognising that participants are likely to bring a large amount of experience and knowledge to the group, and can share this with each other. The style of the programme is participative, and resources for learning explicitly include the knowledge, experience and skills of all participants and staff.

Some participants may not have been engaged in formal education for some time and may never have studied social sciences at postgraduate level: support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis and writing will be available for you from the first module, and will continue throughout the programme to ensure that students gain the most from their studies.

Assessment

Our assessment methods mirror organisational based activities. These methods include:

  • Reports
  • Critical essays
  • Recorded video presentations

On each module you will be given the opportunity to receive practice assessment feedback and online tutorials. You will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent relevant work experience

Entry onto this postgraduate degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK or NARIC listed institution.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

Experience

Current or recent relevant work experience (within the last two years) is required to enable you to contribute to the course. 

Experience

Current or recent relevant work experience (within the last two years) is required to enable you to contribute to the course. 

International Students

If you are an international student, you will need to show that your qualifications are equivalent to those above.

If English is not your first language you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Accredited Prior Learning

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee you are required to pay will depend on the qualification you want to achieve. For 2020 entry onto the Project management: 

  • PgCert, the total tuition fee is £3,000 for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students
  • PgDip, the total tuition fee is £6,000 for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students
  • MSc, the total tuition fee is £8,000 for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Payment of your fees via instalments is available. To arrange this, please contact our Finance team on finance@yorksj.ac.uk.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee you are required to pay will depend on the qualification you want to achieve. For 2020 entry onto the Project management: 

  • PgCert, the total tuition fee is £3,000 for students living outside the UK/EU
  • PgDip, the total tuition fee is £6,000 for students living outside the UK/EU
  • MSc, the total tuition fee is £8,000 for students living outside the UK/EU.

Payment of your fees via instalments is available. To arrange this you will need to contact our Finance team on finance@yorksj.ac.uk.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £8,000

    International 2020-21 £8,000

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

You will need to consider the additional costs associated with postgraduate study. These may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery.

Core texts and academic journals can be accessed electronically via our library services once you have enrolled on the course.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION EXAMS  

If you choose to take additional professional qualifications alongside your postgraduate course, you will need to pay the examination fees for the individual qualifications. The cost of these will vary depending on the qualification you choose. 

Professional Qualifications

 

 

Included in the tuition fees for this course, you will have access to learning materials for a range of project management certifications. This will help you combine your Project Management MSc with professional qualifications that will enhance your career prospects. The certifications you may wish to study will depend on your level of knowledge and experience in project management.

Studying for these additional qualifications is optional and you will only need to pay the relevant examination fees for each qualification. 

We will be happy to provide advice and support on helping you decide which qualification best suits your personal circumstances.

This course is designed for those new to working in projects, or non-project staff who wish to gain a basic understanding of the project environment and project management terminology.

The PMQ is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, although this is not essential.

This course is aimed at those new to working in projects and looking to develop their understanding of project management.

This course is designed for experienced project managers, project team members, other managers and all those who would benefit from exposure to best practice in project management. The PMI is the predominant standard outside of the UK and Europe. it is strong in the Oil & Gas sector because of the US influence.

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a structured project management methodology and widely used, particular in public-sector projects. It helps you work out who should be involved and their responsibilities as well as a set of processes. Good projects that deliver quality results, on-time and within budget are dependent on the capability of people involved from Project Board down to individual members.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our ‘Apply Now’ links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full time or part time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact 2 referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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