Project Management - MSc

Our MSc in Project Management equips students with a comprehensive framework of detailed theory and practical processes needed to become a high calibre project manager in this ever-evolving sector.

Overview

As tomorrow’s world evolves into an increasingly global and complex landscape, all businesses need quick-thinking project managers with the skills to orchestrate and deliver convoluted tasks.

As a Kent Business School student studying Project Management, be prepared to develop a robust and varied understanding of relevant theories and methodologies in the field, alongside practical skills needed to work as a professional project manager, strategist or consultant just about anywhere.

Studying at our historic Medway campus with close links to London, learn from our internationally recognised team of specialist academics who are at the top of research in their field.

Our MSc Project Management degree course

Studying Project Management, get ready to critically evaluate and apply important topics essential to being a successful project manager such as corporate strategy and leadership, change and risk management, consultancy skills and a detailed understanding of project management office.

Studying at Kent Business School, experience incredible opportunities through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies and from our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and company visits.

You will also have access to our ASPIRE centre, a purpose built entrepreneurial lab where you can develop, plan and launch your own start up business.

Our Project Management graduates leave the university with the skillset and contacts to pursue a sought-after career within the sector with a wide range of well-known and successful businesses and organisations.

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.

Gain a competitive edge: industrial placement

Industrial placements are the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. You will have the opportunity to put taught skills into practise and develop a network of industry professionals.

With the option to undertake the programme with an industrial placement this course offers you the opportunity to gain work experience in the UK or overseas. Placements are self-sought and can range from an additional 12 to 50 weeks. This would extend the normal 12 month Masters programme to a maximum of 24 months.

The School offers support to those students seeking an industrial placement, through extra-curricular engagement with our dedicated placements team. Our dedicated placement team can help you gain a suitable paid position and provide support throughout your placement.

Students considering this option should be aware that they will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 and 2 modules and that there may be additional costs for students in terms of visa extensions, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and accommodation, for example.

What’s next?

If you want to learn more visit the Kent website where you can register for open events, take a virtual tour and explore our world.

If you have any further questions regarding the course or the application process please contact kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply please check our information on how to apply and the documentation required to process your application.

About Kent Business School

Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent. 

Entry requirements

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You are more than your grades

For 2021, 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 those without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

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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All students are guaranteed an en-suite room in Pier Quays when applying before 31 July. When booking directly through us you'll also receive a premium sports membership (worth up to £479).

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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. 

Compulsory modules currently include

This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations in different business contexts. Through studying this module students develop critical awareness of current developments and new insights in strategic management and performance measurement.

Indicative topics may include:

Defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

Find out more about BUSN9128

Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering a project throughout its life cycle, providing innovative solutions in a sustainable manner. This module considers the theoretical perspectives and the application of appropriate principles and techniques with regard to Agile Project Management. The module will consider aspects such as prioritisation and time boxing; controlling an agile project; anticipating and managing risk and building in quality.

Find out more about BUSN9186

This module will utilise domestic and international companies to shed light on change management issues, and models of change and therefore allows students to gain understanding of leadership and change in organisations and subjects covered will typically include:

  • Understanding change management.
  • The role of change agents including management consultants.
  • Examine the core issues involved in leading change.
  • Organisations and key stakeholders to deliver change and organisational success.
  • Contemporary issues in change management.

"BUSN9187"

Find out more about BUSN9122

This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability for postgraduate students. Subjects covered will typically include:

  • Employability skills and career theory
  • Personal skills analysis
  • Management skills development
  • Insights into Career opportunities relevant to course of study
  • Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations
  • Finding your consultancy project/internship/industrial placement opportunity

"BUSN9125"

Find out more about BUSN9123

Project Management Office (PMO) is a group or department within the organisation whose job it is to define and maintain the standards for project management within that business. This module is aligned with P3O ® guidance and gives hands on training on The Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3). An advanced Project Management Office may have wide-ranging responsibilities for the setting up and development of the project management function within the organisation and this module will delve into how processes, procedures and other mechanisms are developed, implemented, monitored and communicated to enable the operation of common standards of project management within all projects undertaken by the organisation. This module will help learners to develop their PMOs. Students will study different real life case studies on successful PMOs in different international contexts.

Find out more about BUSN9189

Strategic Portfolio Management enables senior management to create, define and manage the portfolio of strategic options that best delivers the organisation's vision, balancing short and long term objectives, risks and cost. This module aims to support students with an overview of portfolio management, the principles on which it is based, complex and best-in-practice techniques used, and how to get started and sustain progress.

This module addresses the key concepts of portfolio management, its benefits to organisations and how it fits in with the organisation strategy development and implementation. This module is aligned with the Management of Portfolio Professional Certificate and its ethical aspects and will apply a mix of academic and empirical literature with the professional body of knowledge. World class real life case studies will be discussed.

Find out more about BUSN9192

Project risk management is the process used by project managers to minimise any potential problems that may negatively impact a project's timetable. This module covers the area of risk management in the strategic, tactical, and operational project contexts. It aims to help learners developing a new project management methodology aligned with Management of Risk (MoR) framework. 

The module contains essential risk management theory and concepts as applicable to project environments including project risk planning, preparation and response and will combine the professional body of knowledge with the professional and academic case studies applied in the real context. The areas of risk identification, assessment, monitoring and control will also be reviewed. This module is aligned with Management of Risk (MoR) guidance.

Find out more about BUSN9191

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will provide students with a good understanding of key concepts and theories in the field of Programme and Project Management. Students will learn about key practices and techniques and gain a good understanding of how they might be applied in real business contexts.

Indicative topics are::

• Project, programme and portfolio management concepts.

• Bodies of knowledge and methodologies (APM, PRINCE2, P2M, PMP, MSP, MoP).

• Role of the project / programme support office/ Project Management Office (PMO)

• Project and programme organisation structures and roles.

• Life cycle, principles and processes.

• Business case and investment appraisal.

• Scheduling.

• Budgeting and cash flow.

• Earned value management.

• The use of MIS in project management

• Measurement, control and risk management in projects.

• International Project Management: Multi-cultural management.

• Agile project management versus traditional project management.

• Researching Projects.

Find out more about BUSN9113

This module will utilise domestic and international companies to shed light on change management issues, and models of change and therefore allows students to gain understanding of leadership and change in organisations and subjects covered will typically include:

• Understanding change management.

• The role of change agents including management consultants.

• Examine the core issues involved in leading change.

• Organisations and key stakeholders to deliver change and organisational success.

• Contemporary issues in change management.

Find out more about BUSN9122

This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability for postgraduate students. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Employability skills and career theory

• Personal skills analysis

• Management skills development

• Insights into Career opportunities relevant to course of study

• Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations

• Finding your consultancy project/internship/industrial placement opportunity

Find out more about BUSN9123

The module content includes business consultancy skills that are transferable into the business consulting profession, internal consultancy positions within organisations, and senior management roles.

Indicative topics are:

* Approaches to management consulting.

* Negotiating a scope of work.

* Developing a client proposal.

* Data collection and analysis.

* Preparing and presenting a consulting report.

* Working as an effective team member in a consulting team.

* Managing client relationships and expectations.

* Consulting project management.

Find out more about BUSN9125

This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations in different business contexts. Through studying this module students develop critical awareness of current developments and new insights in strategic management and performance measurement.

Indicative topics may include:

Defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

Find out more about BUSN9128

Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering a project throughout its life cycle, providing innovative solutions in a sustainable manner. This module considers the theoretical perspectives and the application of appropriate principles and techniques with regard to Agile Project Management. The module will consider aspects such as prioritisation and time boxing; controlling an agile project; anticipating and managing risk and building in quality.

Find out more about BUSN9186

Benefits management defines benefits, implements the necessary change and ensures the benefits are realised. From an application perspective, this module combines a set of principles, processes and techniques for a student to master and execute when managing projects. This module proposes a definition of value that embraces both monetary and non-monetary benefits, and argues that the subjectivity of value increases the need for it to be actively managed. It provides a method, supported by techniques, for allocating scarce funds as effectively as possible. This module will cover real-life case studies on organisations adopted Benefits Management successfully and less successfully. This module will help candidate to take MoV foundation and Practitioner Exam. This module will cover hands on training on strategic benefits management dashboards for projects (e.g. Wovex and Amplify) and it will equip students with skills to design their own Benefits Management and Management of Value methodologies including their dashboards.

Find out more about BUSN9187

Project Management Office (PMO) is a group or department within the organisation whose job it is to define and maintain the standards for project management within that business. This module is aligned with P3O ® guidance and gives hands on training on The Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3). An advanced Project Management Office may have wide-ranging responsibilities for the setting up and development of the project management function within the organisation and this module will delve into how processes, procedures and other mechanisms are developed, implemented, monitored and communicated to enable the operation of common standards of project management within all projects undertaken by the organisation. This module will help learners to develop their PMOs. Students will study different real life case studies on successful PMOs in different international contexts.

Find out more about BUSN9189

Project risk management is the process used by project managers to minimise any potential problems that may negatively impact a project's timetable. This module covers the area of risk management in the strategic, tactical, and operational project contexts. It aims to help learners developing a new project management methodology aligned with Management of Risk (MoR) framework. The module contains essential risk management theory and concepts as applicable to project environments including project risk planning, preparation and response and will combine the professional body of knowledge with the professional and academic case studies applied in the real context. The areas of risk identification, assessment, monitoring and control will also be reviewed. This module is aligned with Management of Risk (MoR) guidance.

Find out more about BUSN9191

Strategic Portfolio Management enables senior management to create, define and manage the portfolio of strategic options that best delivers the organisation's vision, balancing short and long term objectives, risks and cost. This module aims to support students with an overview of portfolio management, the principles on which it is based, complex and best-in-practice techniques used, and how to get started and sustain progress. This module addresses the key concepts of portfolio management, its benefits to organisations and how it fits in with the organisation strategy development and implementation. This module is aligned with the Management of Portfolio Professional Certificate and its ethical aspects and will apply a mix of academic and empirical literature with the professional body of knowledge. World class real life case studies will be discussed.

Find out more about BUSN9192

Compulsory modules currently include

This module equips students with in-depth understanding of the different aspects of and approaches to project management. Students learn to apply project management tools and techniques in a systematic and analytical manner to solve practical problems that require an application-oriented thinking. This module prepares students for their respective independent research work in an organisational or industry context to provide a systematic argument and critical analysis and evaluation; and for undertaking management interventions in the workplace to provide innovative and commercially sustainable solutions.

Find out more about BUSN9188

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 annual tuition fees have not yet been set. As a guide only the 2021/2022 fees for this course were:

  • Home full-time £11100
  • EU full-time £15400
  • International full-time £20500
  • Home part-time £5550
  • EU part-time £7700
  • International part-time £10250

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

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Funding

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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2021, 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 2021 for more information.

Complete University Guide Research Intensity

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

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

Of Kent postgraduate students who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 97% were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE 2017)

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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