Focusing on both technical excellence and management ability in equal measure, our Project Management course has been designed in response to the worldwide shortage of engineers with the all-round capability needed to oversee complex projects. It's a dynamic and demanding subject, combining in-depth technical knowledge with a multitude of personal attributes and business expertise. This course is almost identical to its sister course, Engineering Management.
We are the only institution in London to offer a course in engineering project management. Our excellent links with industry, which we have built up over more than 20 years, have allowed us to develop a course which is highly relevant to the world of work and up-to-date with the latest research and practice. Our course offers an unusual amount of hands-on experience, with practical work incorporated into every module. You'll work alongside professionals on industry-sponsored projects, go on site visits and attend lectures by guest speakers. Instead of a thesis you'll work on a team project designed to resemble a real-life industry scenario.
Our studios, laboratories and workshops are exceptionally well-equipped with specialist software. All our technology and equipment is industry standard - a rarity in a university. You'll also have the opportunity to work towards a Prince2certification as part of your studies.
Of the four modules you’ll study, three are common to both programmes: Human and Financial Management in Engineering, Engineering Simulation, and Engineering Project Management. Project Management students will also study an Engineering Innovation module, in place of which Engineering Management students will study Logistics and Supply Chains.
The course will cover project management techniques and principles, and different areas of project management, including resources, schedules, finance and budgeting, contracts, business plans, forecasting, product development, operations management and quality management. You’ll also focus on people management techniques such as recruitment, interviewing, appraisals, leadership, motivation, training and communications. You’ll look at modelling and simulation techniques in engineering, using case studies to learn to validate models against real-life methods, and will become familiar with software such as WITNESS, Simul8, MATLAB and Simulink. Finally, you’ll cover management theory and systems theory and the global, social, ethical and environmental context of engineering.
The Engineering Innovation module will look at innovation within the context of engineering and how to develop a business strategy to make innovations commercially successful, including generating ideas, research and development, risk management and investment decisions.
Students from both courses will then come together for the team project, a three-month endeavour for which you’ll work in groups on an engineering management project, competing to win the order for your company. The task will be drawn from real life and set by academic staff and industry professionals, who will support you and share their expertise throughout. It will involve research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of your findings through a written report and group presentation. Previous projects have included working with Vinci Construction to bid for a contract to build a wind farm in Norfolk, and working with B&Q to find solutions to the worldwide shortage of MDF.
The course will also improve your numeracy, communication and team working skills. If you can’t or decide you don’t want to complete the full MSc course, you can complete two taught modules to graduate with a PG Cert, or all four taught modules, leaving out the team project, to graduate with a PG Dip.
Lectures will introduce you to to key information, theories and concepts, which you’ll explore further through seminar discussions; site visits will allow you to observe industry practice first-hand. You’ll also attend computer sessions, where you’ll learn to use simulation software and management games, and carry out mock interviews to hone your interviewing skills. You’ll work on practical projects, essays, reports, presentations, problem-solving activities, critical analyses and case study evaluations, and will put together a portfolio of work. You’ll supplement all this with your own independent study and reading.
As well as tests and your team project, you’ll be assessed through practical projects and exercises, group and individual presentations, essays, reports, business strategy proposals, case study evaluations and problem-solving exercises, as well as mock interviews and management games.
Your team project will be assessed by means of a written report with both individual and group contributions, and an hour-long group viva voce presentation (you will work in teams of about seven). The report will be assessed by your fellow students as well as your supervisors.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The specialised skills you’ll develop during this course are highly sought-after worldwide, and will equip you to take on a variety of managerial roles. These could include engineering manager, project manager, production manager, operational manager, site manager or technical manager; and there are opportunities in almost any sector, ranging from the engineering or automotive sectors to food processing, pharmaceuticals, health, construction, IT, marketing, energy, manufacturing or the public sector. You could work either in-house with a company or for a firm of project management consultants, or for yourself as a freelance.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, numeracy, data collection and interpretation, teamwork and presentation skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc Project Management
This course is offered full time or part time.
Full-time students: £8,500
Part-time per taught credit: £57
Part-time per dissertation credit: £28
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide