Strategic Project Management - MSc

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Overview

Project Management is ever-growing and evolving as it is an imperative function to improve efficiency and transparency in modern businesses. A project manager (PM) is responsible for the day-to-day management of specific projects that have definite outcomes, time limits, and set budgets. The role of the Project Manager is evolving from day-to-day activities but also requires inspirational leadership.

The MSc in Strategic Project Management at Kent Business School is delivered by academic experts and co-developed with industry experts/leaders. You will develop a detailed background of Project Management and strategic theory and the imperative tools and processes project managers use in the business environment.

Reasons to study MSc Strategic Project Management at Kent

What you’ll learn

You’ll be learning the capstone theories of Project Management including corporate strategy, leadership and change management and areas vital to a career in Project Management such as Risk Management and the Project Management Office. You will end your Master's with a detailed report an independent research project with a dedicated expert supervisor. You will be given the opportunity to apply your expertise as a critical analysis of real data from real businesses.

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“I love the fact that our professors are industry specialists, so they have hands-on experience in what they are teaching.”

~ Sapna Tiwari, Project Management 2021

Entry requirements

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You are more than your grades

For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a variety of subject areas is accepted for entry into this course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

This programme consists of 10 compulsory modules in Stage 1 with Stage 2 consisting of a piece of project management related research.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with a broad overview of project management, covering topics such as developing agility in project management, learning about corporate strategy and performance management, leadership and change management, employability development, consultancy skills and a study of building a suitable project management office.

Stage 2 consists of one piece of project management research. This allows you to further develop your skills in PM theory whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

 The MSc Project Management programme is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include:

BUSN9128 - Corporate Strategy and Performance Measurement (15 credits)

BUSN9186 - Agile Project Management (15 credits)

BUSN9122 - Leadership and Change Management (15 credits)

BUSN9123 - Professional Skills and Employability Development (15 credits)

BUSN9125 - Consultancy Skills and Practice (15 credits)

BUSN9113 - Programme and Project Management (15 credits)

BUSN9187 - Project Benefits Management (15 credits)

BUSN9189 - Project Management Office (15 credits)

BUSN9192 - Strategic Portfolio Management (15 credits)

BUSN9191 - Project Risk Management (15 credits)

Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include:

BUSN9188 - Project Management Consultancy Report (30 credits)

Teaching

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress on this course is assessed through a variety of means, including:

  • written examinations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • reports
  • projects
  • computer based quizzes.

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

Fees

The 2022/23 UK fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £11400
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200
  • Home part-time N/A
  • EU part-time N/A
  • International part-time N/A

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

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We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 80% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The school’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of high calibre research.

Research

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history.

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of Humanitarian Logistic, European, The International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Human Resources Management, International Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Technology Forecasting, and Social Change.

Careers

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Our Project Management graduates find work in project management positions in varying business, in the form of consultancy, freelance and employed work both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:

  • Deloitte 
  • Fujitsu Services Ltd
  • Huawei
  • BP
  • JP Morgan & Chase
  • City Sprint

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, brought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Sail and Colour Loft is Kent Business School's home on our Medway campus. This historic 18th-century building was renovated and adapted to create a unique learning and teaching space.

The Loft features new digital classrooms, a Bloomberg suite, seminar rooms, group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core textbooks.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you to secure access to the information you need.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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