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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Develop your capacity to solve real-life management problems
  • Gain practical skills in best practice project methodologies
  • Opportunities to network via the Association of Project Management

The dynamic and challenging world of business has encouraged the increasing use of project management across all business sectors. In turn, this has created a heightened demand for qualified project managers, not only in the traditional areas of engineering and technology but also into new fields of practice. These additional areas include health and wellbeing; environmental and community development programmes; education; archaeology; and many of the creative and key service industries (including tourism and event management); inspiring innovative forms of project and programme management.

Project Management at Winchester equips you with technical and interpersonal skills in both tactical and strategic approaches to portfolio, programme and project management. It also provides opportunities for you to acquire the attributes, skills and knowledge to work as effective and professional project managers to ensure you get the best out of your project teams. You discuss and debate ideas and practices, considering how they fit into your professional experience in the workplace.

You consider and develop practical approaches to project management, exploring and practicing traditional and contemporary approaches to the profession. Study core modules including Fundamentals of Project Management, Project Management Tools and Applications, Advanced Project and Programme Management, Principles of Responsible Management as well as Research Methods in Business. Then choose from the optional modules: Business Consulting, Leadership in Organizations, and Sustainable Innovation Management. You also complete a final dissertation or a consultancy project.

Careers

As an Association of Project Management (APM) Corporate Member, we have links to national events and organisations which will enable you to build your business networks. The programme develops skills and knowledge for action in the workplace. Project management is critical and useful for a wide variety of careers in the public, private and third sectors. The programme provides a firm foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at PhD level.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

A focus of the programme is the development of the students' capacity to apply the necessary skills to solve real-life problems in management environments. A wide range of teaching and learning methods are adopted including student-led discussions, lectures and debates, presentations, workshops involving a range of active learning activities, independent study, web-based activities and a series of guest speakers throughout each semester.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester

Assessment

There is a wide variety of assessment methods, depending on the aims of the module. Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, conference papers, case study analyses and research-based projects

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree from any discipline or significant professional experience in management. Students with professional Project Management qualifications at Level 7, such as Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (or its international equivalent), are eligible for entry with advanced standing in accordance with the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Evenings.

 

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Fundamentals of Project Management 20

Portfolios, Programmes and Projects (P3M) are efficient and effective means of delivering strategic change within organisations. This module aims to provide students with a working understanding of portfolios, programmes and projects and identify how they are utilised within organisations to deliver change. Methodologies/ frameworks and standards exist in which to develop programmes and projects and due care is required to construct a robust framework in which to develop the programme and/or project and utilise suitable standards and/or bodies of knowledge. The module develops the skills to plan, monitor and report on P3M. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the activities required to successfully deliver programmes and projects, understanding how portfolios of programmes and projects improve business results through strategic alignment with the organisational vision. Specifically, explore how to define programmes and projects, plan activities including benefits management, stakeholder engagement, risk, resources and budget management, and requirements for documentary evidence.

Advanced Project and Programme Management 20

The Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3) has become a key standard amongst maturity models and provides a framework within which organizations can assess their current performance and plan for improvement when managing and delivering change. P3M3 provides three maturity models that can be used separately to focus on specific areas of the business or more generally to help organizations assess the relationship between their portfolios, programmes and projects. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the theoretical and practical application of the P3M3 model to a chosen organization to assess its performance and provide relevant recommendations.

Principles of Responsible Management 20

Organisations are under increasing pressure from various stakeholders to embed environmental and social purpose into business systems and structures, and the module is designed to develop an understanding of opportunities and challenges for progressive and transformative organisational action. This module provides students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the principles of responsible management as presented in the United Nations PRME, and Global Compact frameworks. Emphasis will be given to the business perspective (both from an individual and organisational analytical lens), alongside other societal actors in a broader political-economic context, alongside ethical decisions shaping responsible business management practices.

Project Management Tools and Applications 20

In this module students build a portfolio around projects with different stakeholders, scope and value. They will explore the foundations of performance measures, and build competence in monitoring and controlling projects through baseline measures, visual management and technology. Students will form teams and act as a project management team, reporting to different stakeholders through reports, role play and dashboards.

Dissertation* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Dissertation module OR the Consultancy Project module.

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

Consultancy Project* 40

*Students will have a choice between the Consultancy Project module OR the Dissertation module.

In this module students undertake a consultancy project, relevant to their specific Master’s programme, for a client organisation. Students are expected to undertake research into an issue relevant to the programme’s learning outcomes and to the business case, and to develop conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the client. The project focuses on the rapid collection and assimilation of data as to gain a detailed understanding of the client’s needs and their issues. This is essential in any work-based assignment regardless of the nature of the work or the functional area of expertise being applied. Students will be expected to interact with the organisation as if it were a real commercial relationship which will include recording activities and reporting to the client. By the end of the project, students should have developed a set of skills that they can apply in a consistent, professional and confident manner. 

Optional modules
  • Business Consulting - 20 Credits
  • Leadership in Organisations - 20 Credits
  • Research Methods in Business - 20 Credits
Research Methods in Business 20

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in any area of business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £8,550
Part-time entry | £4,275 p/a

Total Cost | £8,550

International Students

Full-time entry | £14,800
Part-time entry | £7,400 p/a

Total Cost | £14,800

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core text

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the popularity of some books, there will not be enough copies for every student. It is advised that students seek to purchase their own books - second hand copies are often available. Indicative cost is £350.

Mandatory

Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. 

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

Duration
Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
Location
On campus, Winchester