About your course
Accelerate your career prospects as a project manager with this Masters course at Liverpool John Moores University. You’ll study postgraduate project management techniques and can gain PRINCE2 qualifications.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Curriculum informed by internationally recognised research from our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
- Enjoy excellent career opportunities in a variety of areas including construction, the oil and gas sector and the maritime industry
- Gain PRINCE2 qualifications alongside your Masters
This Masters degree emphasises development of professional and transferable skills required by all industry sectors and will boost your future career prospects both in the UK and internationally.
Introduction to the School
The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.
Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.
Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.
Internationally important research
The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research and we are ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field.
83% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Project management is a highly challenging role, requiring skilled individuals with the ability to lead and integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
Project management is often identified as being about managing change. This MSc Project Management is designed to provide an integrated, coherent, stimulating and challenging programme of study in the theory, concepts, methods, tools and techniques of project management. Project management involves all the skills aspects involved in any management role and, as such, these skills can be applied to any industry sector anywhere in the global marketplace.
The programme will offer the appropriate type and level of support as you build the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an independent learner for the future. In addition, it will develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to advanced scholarship. The programme is structured to take account of the potentially diverse backgrounds of students.
Programme outline and structure
The overall aim of the programme is to produce postgraduates who are able to play a significant role in the development of approaches for applying a contemporary, relevant and meaningful approach to the practice of project management in the modern global marketplace.
The programme is available to study full or part time at LJMU or you can opt for distance learning. It aims to:
- develop and/or extend your exposure to the current and emerging theories and practice of project management
- encourage a risk management approach to problem solving
- provide opportunities for collaborative and individual student-centred study, developing analytical, critical, problem solving and research skills appropriate to the role of project manager
- provide clear career development opportunities to aspiring project managers
- provide a dynamic learning environment to facilitate an appreciation of multi-cultural and interdisciplinary project teams
- provide a focused understanding of the application of project management theories and strategies to organisations and projects in a global market place
This qualification aims to enhance career opportunities for those looking to move into project management within their own content area of expertise and also for those looking into a new area. As such, the programme is structured with options that will be specific to certain industrial sectors.
The programme has a strong emphasis on developing professional and transferable skills required by all industry sectors and these skills will be enhanced through the delivery mechanisms of group discussions and case study scenarios. Course tutors have extensive links with both professional bodies and industry and these links facilitate guest lectures and seminars by leading practitioners.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Project Management Fundamentals
- Leadership for Strategic Execution
- Project Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closure
- Strategic Project Environment
- Advance Oil and Gas Management
- Sustainable and Lean Principles within Construction
- Organisational Change
- Integrated Project (taught programme only)
- Work-Based Project (distance learning only)
- Research Methods
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
The programme is based on coursework only with no formal exams. Most modules have a combination of coursework tasks to provide a balanced schedule of activities during the year.
Entry requirements (Home)
The standard entry qualification is an honours degree in a relevant discipline from an approved University. The degree award should be at least second class upper level.
Alternative qualifications together with substantial relevant work experience may also be deemed to be acceptable for entry to the programme subject to the approval of the programme leader.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
Project Management is a role that is relevant in almost any industry.
The programme is designed to give you the core knowledge and skills to work in all sectors of business and there are specific route ways that will provide an insight into industries if looking for a career within, for example, the Oil and Gas sector, the construction sector and also maritime.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes