Postgraduate Course

MSc Global Project Management

MSc Global Project Management

Overview

The details
Global Project Management
October 2018
Full-time
1 year
Southend Campus

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’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.

Why we're great.
  • Develop your management skills through group work and applied projects
  • We're ranked in the UK's top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014)
  • You don’t need a business degree to study this course

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Your future

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:

  • Groupon
  • KPMG
  • HP
  • 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 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).

“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

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in any discipline

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

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 module structure may be subject to change.

Global Project Management

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.

View Global Project Management on our Module Directory

Comprehensive Business Plan (optional)

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.

View Comprehensive Business Plan (optional) on our Module Directory

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

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.

View Global Supply Chain and Operations Management on our Module Directory

International Marketing Strategy and Planning

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.

View International Marketing Strategy and Planning on our Module Directory

Managerial Economics

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.

View Managerial Economics on our Module Directory

Research Methods

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.

View Research Methods on our Module Directory

The International Business Environment (optional)

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.

View The International Business Environment (optional) on our Module Directory

International Business and Strategy (optional)

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.

View International Business and Strategy (optional) on our Module Directory

Innovation Management (optional)

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.

View Innovation Management (optional) on our Module Directory

International Human Resource Management (optional)

Explore the impact of internationalization processes on human behaviour within organisations from an international perspective, identifying key aspects of human resource management in multinational firms. You gain an understanding of cross-cultural dimensions of international management, and comprehend trends and challenges in the global work environment

View International Human Resource Management (optional) on our Module Directory

Principles of International Marketing (optional)

This module enables you to master important elements in marketing strategy implementation. You address cross cultural issues and perspectives on international marketing, focusing on buyer behaviour in both B2B and B2C contexts. You explore international market research, the implications for product and service management, marketing communications, channel management, new product development, services marketing and retailing.

View Principles of International Marketing (optional) on our Module Directory

Dissertation (optional)

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce a 15,000 word independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View Dissertation (optional) on our Module Directory

Financial Analysis and Decision Making (optional)

This module equips you with a practical and critical understanding of financial analysis and the decision making of divisional and functional managers. You explore topics such as financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, including how to prepare financial accounts. You learn how accounting information is used to plan, monitor and make decisions and how financial statements can be used to infer business performance.

View Financial Analysis and Decision Making (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation or a comprehensive business plan

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£10,710

International fee

£16,750

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing southend@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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