14 October 2013 - This story is in archive

Do you want to improve your project skills while you work?

The National Centre for Project Management (NCPM) at the University of Hertfordshire is now accepting applications for the spring start of the MSc Project Management Practice.

This innovative, practice-focused MSc is aimed at experienced managers who are new to project management, or practitioners who have had some project management experience and are planning to move into a leadership role.  

It is particularly relevant to project managers with professional qualifications that no longer reflect the breadth of their cross-functional project management responsibilities.

Our students speak very highly of the programme:

'I chose the course to improve my knowledge and understanding of project management and to improve my performance at work. I am using the learning from the course in project proposals and the preparation of project plans, and have been able to move on to dealing with funding bids and grant applications.

I am also working with risk management and stakeholder management and I have found that the course has been extremely helpful in this. The course tutors have been excellent, the teaching is comprehensive and the assignments are demanding but incisive.' - Higher education project manager

Read more about what our students have said on the testimonials page

Knowledge, leadership capabilities, and practical skills

The programme develops project management knowledge, leadership capabilities, and practical skills within a context based on the personal strengths and individual learning styles of the students. It does this by consolidating and strengthening existing experience and knowledge, and providing an introduction to the core principles of organisational project management.

Participants will also study the theory and practice of leadership as well as developing skills and competencies required to continue their personal development in increasingly demanding contexts.

Typically, participants come from a wide variety of work backgrounds. Throughout the course students will gain exposure to new perspectives, approaches, frameworks and ideas. One of the unique features of the course is its group ethos, which encourages a high degree of peer learning and sharing of successful practice.

The blend of delivery methods has been designed to allow participants who are in full time employment to complete the course whilst working on their own projects. Each module includes three block release on-campus sessions of two days’ duration, with additional distance learning activities and work-based projects supported through our virtual learning environment.

All assessment is by means of coursework focused around students’ work context and their real-life project work; as well as making the learning more relevant, this approach enables students to immediately apply the skills and techniques learned in a work context.

For those who prefer a shorter period of study, the PgCert Project Management Practice comprises the first two modules of the MSc on Managing Projects and Leading Projects; it is specifically designed for anyone with an interest in how projects are managed and can also be taken as a bridge to further learning at postgraduate level. Graduates of the PgCert may proceed to the MSc, carrying forward their accumulated credits.

Participants on the course will benefit from the trans-disciplinary approach and integration of theory and practice which is the hallmark of the NCPM.

For more information, start dates, fees or to apply, contact the NCPM team

To find out more about the National Centre for Project Management visit the webpages.