Project Management - MSc

Overview

This exciting programme addresses the increasing demand in all areas of business for professional project managers. Whether you work within a firm or as an external consultant, a career as a project manager is both rewarding and challenging.

Our reputation as a leading business school means we attract students from a range of backgrounds and experience, and from countries around the world. This allows you to build networks, learn from your peers, and develop an international perspective on business and management issues. You develop an understanding of relevant theories alongside the practical skills you need to work as a professional project manager, strategist or consultant. You gain skills in:

  • leadership and change management
  • project risk management
  • corporate strategy and performance measurement
  • portfolio management frameworks and methodologies
  • project management data analytics.

The programme is flexible, allowing you to gain additional experience and qualifications while studying for your MSc. You have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement, and to work on consultancy projects. You can choose to gain six professional certificates in project management by attending a course taught by our world-class professionals. 

You become a member of the Project Management Institute UK (PMI) network, the world’s leading association for professional portfolio, programme or project managers. This gives you access to weekly talks by professional guest speakers as well as other evening networking events. You can also take part in prestigious PMI university competitions.

Please note, for the academic year 2020/2021, a January 2021 start will be available only.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners gives you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions among others:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • University of Hong Kong
  • ESSEC
  • Neoma Business School
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • University of Florence
  • IE Madrid University
  • Stockholm Business School
  • Georgetown University.

Experiential learning

Kent provides a variety of employability opportunities for you during your studies. These range from short-term company internship opportunities to voluntary work with local charities and University business societies. The central Careers and Employability Service also offers an exciting Employability Points Scheme.

In addition to this, Kent Business School’s specialised team of employability experts provides support to all our students in 1:1 meetings and via our Employability blog. You have access to all employability support for three years after graduation.

Industrial placement

Students who wish to further enhance their employability, can choose to take the programme with an additional industrial placement, which can be taken in the UK or overseas and range from an additional 12 to 50 weeks. A 50-week placement would extend the normal 12-month Master’s programme to a maximum of 24 months.

Although you are responsible for finding your own placement, the School’s dedicated placements team offers you support and advice to help you gain a suitable paid position and continues to support you throughout your placement. If you are considering this option, you should be aware that you will be required to successfully complete all your modules and that there may be additional costs in terms of visa extensions, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and accommodation, for example.

KBS - Open for Business Summer Webinar Series

We are delighted to announce our Open for Business Summer Webinar Series - a free programme of Zoom webinars hosted by Kent Business School academics and professional services staff. 

You are welcome to register for one or two, or for the whole series! Each event will feature a Q&A session so be sure to submit your questions in the chat function. Click here for the full schedule.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is a leading Business School which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s business schools attaining this accreditation. Our teaching is of a high standard leading to excellent rates of student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. 

We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of

England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include scholarships, bursaries, the KBS Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the Early Bird Scheme, which grants a 10% discount on tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.

Accommodation

Student accommodation, at Liberty Quays, is available for Stage 1 of your programme. Should you wish to remain in the Medway area during your placement, and for Stage 2 of your studies, the University will work with you to arrange such accommodation.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good 2:2 honours degree. 

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis A good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification.

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.

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 website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students 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. 

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Applicants who are required to meet an English language condition may be able to study a pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

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

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.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

You take the following compulsory modules:

CB9122 - Leadership and Change Management

CB9113 - Project and Programme Management

CB9123 - Professional Skills and Employability Development

CB9125 - Consultancy Skills and Practice

TBC - Agile Project Management

TBC - Project Risk Management

TBC - Project Management Office

TBC - Corporate Strategy and Performance Measurement

TBC - Management of Value

TBC - Strategic Portfolio Management

TBC - Project Management Consultancy Report

Teaching and assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, you work full time on the Project Management Consultancy Report.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home/EU full-time
  • International full-time
  • Home/EU part-time
  • International part-time

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

Additional costs

General additional costs

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

Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Please see the University League Tables 2020 for more information.

Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas

Our research extends business knowledge and produces innovative and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges. As a forward-looking school, we are always working to ensure that our research has a positive impact, not just within business but in the wider world.

Our staff are recognised as being at the forefront of their fields and their expertise has been sought by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, the FT Trading Room, Kent County Council and Medway Council.

For more information, see our Research page

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Amgad Badewi : Senior Lecturer in Project Management and Entrepreneurship

Benefits management, entrepreneurship, governmentailty and governance in change management and organisational agility, institutional logics, neo-institutional theory, organisational ambidexterity, programme management, project management.

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Professor Stephen Flowers : Professor of Management (Innovation)

Users and New Forms of Innovation. Professor Flowers has undertaken projects for the OECD, Tekes, the European Commission and the Institutet for Tllvaxtpolitiska Studier, Stockholm.

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Debbie Kemp : Head of Employability and Placements, Senior Lecturer in Retail and Enterprise

Sustainability of the UK High Streets and runs a programme of workshops for independent retailers to support their growth and survival.

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Dr Shenxue Li : Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Organisational learning, knowledge management, dynamic capabilities, corporate rigidity, global talent management, innovation, and power and decision-making.

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Dr Lina Simeonova : Lecturer in Operations Management

Vehicle Routing Problem, Heuristic Optimisation, Real-Life Applications.

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Adam Smith : Entrepreneur in Residence

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Project Management. He set up Integral management consultancy business, growing it to employ 50 staff in 8 offices across 3 countries, which he sold in 2012.

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Dr Krystin Zigan : Lecturer in Applied Management

Strategic management, performance measurement, leadership/followership and intellectual capital in tourism and hospitality, hospitals and religious organisations.

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Careers

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.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including, Deloitte, Fujitsu Services Ltd, Pace Capital, City Sprint, J.P Morgan & Chase and BP.

Professional recognition

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme.

In addition, KBS has accredited programmes with the following professional bodies:

  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
  • The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • CFA Institute

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School at Medway benefits from a range of new facilities. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. The Sibson Building at Canterbury is a vibrant new campus destination. The state-of-the-art building includes dedicated postgraduate and IT suites, academic and research workspaces, three lecture theatres and social learning spaces.

Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, as well as subject-specific librarians to help you find the information you need. We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources and access to a range of software packages used in quantitative analysis and finance.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

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.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

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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