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Postgraduate Course

MSc Global Project Management

MSc Global Project Management

Overview

The details
Global Project Management
October 2020
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
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our academics have a global understanding of international business and global project management. They are at the forefront of real-world business issues, applying social science theories to tackle the challenges currently being faced by commercial organisations, public sector bodies and the third sector. Their teaching draws upon their research and industry knowledge to ensure you experience the very latest teaching and thinking to prepare you for the demands of the modern business world.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • international marketing
  • global project management
  • global supply chain and operations management
  • international human resource management
  • corporate social responsibility

Dr Manuela Nocker is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation and Sustainability and teaches Organisation Studies, Business Ethics and Research Methodology at our Southend campus. She has held two mandates as Undergraduate Programme Director overseeing all courses in the Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group (2012 - July 2019) and is the representative for the PRME programme on Principles of Responsible Management Education at Essex Business School. Manuela is also the institutional representative and liaison across departments for the UNAI Academic Impact scheme and engages in the UN Global Compact initiative, endorsed at university-level to promote sustainability and ethical principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. She is an editor of the Journal of Organizational Ethnography and her research interests include organisational enthnography; organisational innovation; ethics, social responsibility and sustainability and Identity construction and the management of identity.

Specialist facilities

Our MSc Global Project Management is taught at our Southend Campus, just 40 minutes from the City of London and in the heart of the Thames Gateway - one of the Government’s priority areas for economic growth, offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities.

Southend-on-Sea combines the charms of a traditional seaside resort with the attractions of a vibrant, modern town and our campus sits right at the centre. With seven miles of coastline, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife all on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to live and study. Our town centre location has excellent transport links and London Southend Airport is just five minutes away by train, offering flights to over 50 destinations across Europe.

When you choose our Southend Campus for your studies, you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • 24-hour Learning Hub with computer suites and study pods
  • extensive public and academic library
  • student services desk
  • modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • employability support, events and initiatives
  • study skills advice
  • in-house dentist and Faith Centre
  • our cosy SU Lounge, with pool tables and large-screen TV for socialising and relaxation

A short walk from campus is The Hive Enterprise Centre - a dedicated business hub that hosts networking events and provides finance and marketing support to start ups and growing businesses.

Your future

A Master’s degree in Global Project Management will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to manage projects effectively and efficiently in an international business environment.

As well as equipping you with skills in creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to help you excel in the modern workplace, you will develop the leadership, communication and problem solving skills necessary to successfully manage international projects.

Project management spans a wide range of sectors including construction, education and research, consulting groups and public sector services. Our graduates enjoy roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many have progressed to work in academia or for global organisations and SMEs, such as:

  • Groupon
  • KPMG
  • HP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • European Central Bank
  • fast-growing digital agency, Footprint Digital
  • Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
  • EY (Ernst & Young)

Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

Our University Student Development Careers Services are on hand to help you make the most of your Essex experience. They can help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities to enhance your employability. You can also access employer talks on campus.

“I am really putting my experience of working relationships and cultural sensitivity gained through my Master’s and PhD into practice.”

Hiva Rafiei, Msc Global Project Management and PhD in Management Studies

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or international equivalent, 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.

The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.

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

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

Strategic Management (optional)

This module explores how to develop profitable business strategies. You learn how to analyse a firm’s external environment, including examining the economy and its competitors, assess its internal resources and set objectives. You examine the differences between corporate, competitive and functional business strategies and develop your decision making and analytical skills. By the end of the module, you understand how a manger can shape a firm’s direction to meet its goals and stakeholder expectations.

View Strategic Management (optional) on our Module Directory

Organisation and Leadership in a Globalised World (optional)

Examine past and new approaches in relation to the study of organisations and draw relevant connections between organisational theory and practice and other sub-disciplines of management, sociology, and economics, where issues of learning, collaboration and networks are given particular attention. You explore the role of people and human behaviour alongside the study of systems, functions, and models.

View Organisation and Leadership in a Globalised World (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/UK fee

£11,820

International fee

£18,460

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 this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

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