University of Chester

Programme Specification
Programme and Project Management MSc
2017 - 2018

Master of Science

Programme and Project Management

Programme and Project Management

University of Chester

University of Chester

Parkgate Road Campus / Thornton Science Park

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory, Distance,

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

6 Years

Biannual - February - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Science & Engineering Chemical Engineering

Masters degree in business management:


Engineering Postgraduate Module Assessment Board

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

The programme develops the participant's intellectual and skills abilities in line with QAA subject and discipline benchmarks. Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an insight into the complexities of programme and project management and the potential value of Project management methodologies.
  • Understand how to interpret and use various sources of data to aid project management decisions
  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence by developing requisite personal skills enabling them to work effectively with other people in a variety of project management contexts
  • Develop their abilities to recognise, understand and cope with conflict, complexity and change
  • Demonstrate an insight into strategy at a global and national level. Develop abilities to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate policy and strategy within an ethical framework

Learning outcomes will focus on both knowledge and skills. Participants will be able to apply aspects of their learning in their place of work, where appropriate.

Learning outcomes for the individual modules of the MSc PPM can be found in the individual module descriptors. More specifically a graduate of the Programme will possess:

  • the ability to undertake significant self-directed programmes and projects. (SE7219, SE7219)
  • a variety of outputs demonstrating new perspectives in relation to their project management practice and/or organisational understanding (all modules)
  • extensive knowledge of ethical research methods applicable in project management context (SE7218, SE7222)
  • advanced knowledge, understanding and evidence of the application of project management tools and techniques that underpin professional practice (SE7218, SE7219, SE7221, SE7224)
  • the ability to research and to communicate this effectively to others (CO7115, CO7100)
  • advanced understanding of a variety of research methods as it applies to professional expertise and which can be transferred to work related issues and contexts to contribute to project management development (all modules, but esp. (CO7115, CO7100))
  • the ability to conceptualise, design and implement project management strategies within the context of the social, political and ethical complexities of the work environment (SE7218, SE7224)

The graduating student will have highly developed cognitive skills, and will have the ability to think and evaluate complex situations in an analytical and critical manner.  In addition, they will be able to:

  • apply high level cognitive ability from an academic to a strategic business context (Program wide)
  • analyse and synthesise theoretical thinking and information within the context of their project management practice. (all modules)
  • critically evaluate concepts, theories, research findings and other sources of knowledge and make informed judgments about their application. (all modules)
  • adopt an analytical approach and undertake critical self-reflection in order to act critically within the business environment and in such a way that it has advanced their understanding of 'self' as a project manager in a work based environment. (all modules, esp SE7224)
  • engage in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, enabling them to engage in dialogue with others on complex matters where alternative solutions to problems and practices are being sought. (all modules, esp. CO7115, CO7100)
  • communicate ideas effectively internally and externally to business professionals, demonstrating knowledge and expertise connected to their sector. SE7218, CO7115, CO7100)
  • make independent judgments and manage their own learning within the context of a community of practice where they will regularly independently and with others critique and evaluate their own practice (all modules)

The graduating student exiting at this level will be equipped to apply an extensive range of project management skills to deal with a wide variety of complex business challenges in a plethora of contexts and across a broad range of sectors.  In addition, graduates will be able to:

  • apply high level academic and complex analytical thinking in a range of strategic business contexts. (programme wide)
  • demonstrate creative and systematic reasoning to complex issues related to project management (SE7218, SE7219, SE7221)
  • make sound and reasoned decisions based on academic research and evidence (CO7115, CO7100)
  • learn and work independently as well as with others especially in solving problems and dealing with matters of professional practice (programme wide)
  • use existing and recently acquired knowledge in new professional contexts (all modules)
  • exercise a high level of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in project management contexts (SE7218, SE7224)
  • take a leadership role in their field, demonstrating confidence of mastery of a complex body of knowledge relating to project management practice, with the ability to communicate it effectively to others both within and outside the work place (SE7218, SE7224)

On successful completion the students will be able to:

Communicate complex concepts in written and/or verbal form, to peers and to academics within the department (included in all modules)

Synthesise meaningful conclusions from a range of research literature (included in all modules)

Work independently on a significant body of work, under the guidance of an academic supervisor (CO7100)

The programme structure is designed to develop students with a grounding in project management to a level at which they can make original contributions to the field. Coverage of key project management concepts is established in the early core modules, along with a foundation in contemporary research practices. The subsequent, optional modules and the dissertation then develop the students to a point where they can specialise and apply this theoretical foundation in one of a number of more focussed areas. The optional modules generally reflect the strongest fields of expertise in the department and are projected to expand and diversify in later revisions as the programme grows and attracts more students. 

Options are: 

  • Management of Risk
  • Lean Methodologies and Six Sigma
  • NLP for Project Managers
  • PPM Software Skills

Plus a selection of WBIS online learning modules, as listed in 24b below.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
CO7100 7 Research Dissertation 60 Comp
CO7115 7 Research Methods 20 Comp
IS7137 7 Leading People Through Change 20 Optional
IS7169 7 Public Finance Management 20 Optional
IS7226 7 Managing and Leading People 20 Optional
SE7218 7 Introduction to Project Management 20 Comp
SE7219 7 Project Management with PRINCE2 20 Comp
SE7220 7 Management of Risk 20 Optional
SE7221 7 Lean Methodologies and Six Sigma 20 Optional
SE7222 7 PPM Software Skills 20 Optional
SE7224 7 NLP for Project Managers 20 Optional

  • 60 credits at Level 7 entitles the student to a Postgraduate Certificate
  • 120 credits at Level 7 entitles the student to a Postgraduate Diploma
  • 180 credits at Level 7 entitles the student to a Masters degree



A good degree (normally 2:1 or above) in a related discipline. (eg, Business Studies, Computer Science, Leadership & Management)

For international entry requirements, you will need to visit and select the appropriate country.

Minimum English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 (Min 5.5 in each sub-skill) or equivalent (see for further information about equivalents) 

The MSc in Programme and Project Management follows closely the QAA Benchmarking statements for Business and Management (2015) and which form the foundation for Section 23 above.

For access to the full QAA documentation, please see section 18 of this Programme Specification document.

The development of the learning outcomes and reinforcement of the student learning experience is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures and workshops are the primary means of conveying academic material and information. Most of these are delivered in a hybrid form with each module leader adapting their methods to suit the topic being addressed on a given occasion. Consequently we may employ a mixture of student and teacher led activities including demonstrations, case studies, discussions and design and implementation exercises on an individual or group basis.
  • Guided independent study and literature review are vital aspects of our tuition incorporated into all modules. These form very important aspects of our research methods and dissertation modules as well as being incorporated into the independent study component of our subject specific delivery.  
  • Dissertation work with individual supervision is a vital aspect of our programme requiring students to follow direction, work independently, identify and form a comprehensive knowledge of new directions in a subject area and demonstrate the potential to make an original contribution to the field.
  • Departmental research seminars are an important aspect of our postgraduate culture and students are encouraged both to attend and take part in these, in order to gain experience of the challenge of disseminating research to a wider community.
  • Coursework assignments are used throughout the curriculum where students are required to seek additional information so that they can develop and demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The exact form of assignment reflects the subject matter. In particular prototypes, coding assignments  and/or portfolios are used where the attainment of a subject specific practical skill is relevant. Essays, literature reviews and technical reports are used to develop a critical appreciation of the wider subject area and to encourage core research and dissemination skills. Coursework may constitute the only or the major form of assessment in some modules and can be conducted on an individual or group basis.
  • The dissertation is a vital aspect of the programme and is expected to demonstrate the potential to make a relevant, useful and original contribution to the subject domain. 

Formative Assessments do not contribute to the final marks achieved for each module, but provide an opportunity for students to monitor their own academic progress. They also provide a useful opportunity for lecturers to give feedback to the students and to monitor and improve the students learning experience. These assessments will take the form of diagnostic tests, in-class tests and on-line tests during lectures. Students will have opportunities to develop their oral and presentation skills during tutorials and workshops.

The programme provides the following skills:-

  • The ability to solve problems independently
  • The ability to manage and complete a significant project according to a fixed schedule
  • The comprehension of state of the art technologies and processes within the subject domain
  • Sufficient skills to undertake the communication and presentation of complex information to a variety of audiences

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression. 

The programme is delivered in English and provided the student has attained the defined standard there are no other cultural issues.

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