About the course
What skills do you need to manage projects effectively and efficiently in different cultures and societies? How can you apply these skills to manage multiple, global projects across fields as diverse as marketing, operations and supply chains
Project management is the discipline of organising resources to complete projects within defined time, cost and quality constraints, with acceptable levels of risk. Major global projects require professionals with integrated skills, who can operate in a variety of cultural and socio-economic settings around the world.
This course uses innovative teaching methods, such as group work and applied projects, to develop the leadership, communication and problem solving skills necessary to successfully manage international projects. You also have the option to complete a comprehensive business plan instead of a dissertation.
MSc Global Project Management is aimed at students who may not have studied business at undergraduate level.
You cover topics such as:
- project management
- programme management
- supply chain management
- operations management
- management of international marketing projects
- product development
You study at Essex Business School, an international community of academics and students from more than 40 countries. We’re ranked in the UK top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014). Our research expertise ensures our Masters courses use the latest real-world thinking to help you tackle the challenges of today’s fast-paced business environment.
You may be able to take advantage of our Masters scholarships and discounts, including tailored awards for international applicants. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“I like that this course looks at operational management and supply chains, which I think a lot of business schools neglect. I’m learning a lot about project and product development, marketing and economics, which I know will benefit my career.”
Ernest Nyarko, Msc Global Project Management
Our expert staff
You’re taught by expert staff with strong academic and industry backgrounds and expertise in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.
Our lecturers tackle the challenges currently being faced by commercial organisations, public sector bodies and the third sector, applying social science theories to real-world issues.
You study at our Southend Campus, in the heart of the seaside town of Southend-on-Sea.
Our town centre campus is located near London in the Thames Gateway, one of the UK’s priority areas for economic growth and offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities for students. You’ll have use of The Forum, with superb IT facilities and group working areas.
As well as excellent educational facilities and opportunities to improve your study skills, you can take advantage of the town’s vibrant social life. You are a short walk from a host of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as all of the excitement of the seafront, including a theme park, aquarium and award-winning beaches.
The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.
As well as equipping you with skills in creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to help you excel in the modern workplace, we provide dedicated careers support. The School’s careers team provides a number of employability opportunities and works closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to offer advice on further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. You can also access employer talks on campus.
Our graduates enjoy roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many have progressed to work for global organisations and exciting SMEs, such as:
- Grant Thornton LLP
- European Central Bank
- fast-growing digital agency, Footprint Digital
- Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
Many also use their study as the inspiration to start their own entrepreneurial activities, with recent examples including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core and optional module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to manage product development projects in an international business environment, with particular focus on product design methodologies and project management techniques. You explore the hard side of managing global product development projects and the soft issues such as idea generation/selection and teamwork that must be dealt with in order to ensure success of the product development projects.
An effective business plan will successfully map out key details of the business venture that the entrepreneur and managers can refer to throughout the businesses development, and evoke the confidence and attention of potential financiers. You develop a business plan to start a new business operation, to expand an existing business operation, to raise finance, generate new market opportunities and/or implement other business goals. You can opt to take this module instead of a dissertation.
Matching the ability to supply a product or service with customer demand is vital for any organisation. Excess supply can lead to wastage and increased costs, but too little can irritate customers and result in lost revenue. Supply chain management is a complex and challenging task, but, done right, it can create significant competitive advantage. This module explores how organisations manage their product range and operations to best align supply with demand in a global environment, categorised by expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics. You explore areas such as industry competition, resource allocation, organisational learning and competitive dynamics.
Develop your critical understanding of the strategic and functional aspects of international marketing activities of firms of varying sizes and industries. You explore the roles of external and internal environments against key international marketing decisions such as modes of foreign market entry and market selection, or the design and implementation of marketing mix approaches at the international level.
Managerial Economics applies economic theory to business management, decision making and forward planning. This module explores how economic concepts, such as profit, demand, cost, pricing production, competition and business cycles, can be used to solve business problems.
Gain the key skills and competencies to carry out management research or prepare a comprehensive business plan, suitable for the completion of a Masters level programme. You address the philosophical issues underlying management research, and discover how to select methods and judge the quality and value of research outcomes.
Gain an advanced understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You are introduced to key international trade theories and practices, and the application of these to the study of entrepreneurship. You also discuss the external challenges facing international firms, particularly economic, financial, political-legal, technological and cultural challenges.
Achieve an advanced understanding of international business and strategy, and the content and processes of different international expansion modes. You examine why firms enter international markets, and explore different forms of international growth by observing current business practice, case study evidence and theory.
This module explores how organisations use innovation to gain a competitive advantage by capitalising on organisational, market and technological change. You examine how innovation strategies are developed and managed and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage innovation at operational and strategic levels.
We develop your leadership, communication and problem-solving skills to make you more employable:
- shape your own degree by choosing from a selection of optional modules
- learn through group working and applied projects
- take part in the Essex Business School open seminar series and hear from world-respected lecturers
- research takes centre stage in our curriculum, so you graduate ready to tackle current entrepreneurial issues
- Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations
- You submit a 15,000 word dissertation or a comprehensive business plan
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.