MSc Project Management

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Overview

The MSc Project Management programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage projects in a variety of industries and contexts. You will learn about all aspects of how to effectively plan, implement, control and monitor, and handover projects of various sizes and complexities in a highly competitive global marketplace.

You will gain essential skills in the management of stakeholders’ expectations, risk management and quality assurance on projects. The programme will teach you from both a practical and theoretical standpoint how project management can be used as a tool to help grow business and achieve strategic objectives in an organisational setting.

The programme caters to the needs of experienced professionals as well as those who are at the beginning of their career in a project management-related role through the acquisition of necessary skills and knowledge in a technology-embedded learning environment. It will serve as a pathway for you to achieve highly sought-after certifications in project management.

This is a practice-based degree with the objective of preparing you for the strong project management job market in China and beyond, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.

Why should I study Project Management at XJTLU?

The MSc Project Management programme:

  • provides skills that have universal relevance, meaning you can use these skills to manage projects across a large variety of industries worldwide
  • is designed around the globally recognised PMBOK standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • serves as a path to project management certification such as Project Management Professional (PMP) and others
  • has a balanced structure that ensures quality of education and provides cutting-edge industry relevant project management skills.

Knowledge and skills

The MSc Project Management programme will equip you with:

  • Understanding of the role of project management and the project manager in the life of a project
  • Knowledge of the components, processes, tools and techniques in the project management discipline as well as the interactions between these elements
  • Knowledge of leadership and management concepts for effective management of projects undertaken locally or across international borders
  • Critical understanding of project management theory and applications
  • Skills in how to initiate, plan, execute, control, lead, evaluate and close projects to deliver an agreed scope within time, budget and quality constraints.
  • Skills in the application of a range of techniques to determine, document and refine project goals, performance requirements, deliverables, constraints and risks as well as project schedule, resource budgeting and quality in the lifecycle of a project.

I’m learning how to focus on details and monitor each project, along with specific techniques and skills I can definitely use.

Liping Tao Student, MSc Project Management, China

Modules

Careers

China is at the forefront of countries which require highly developed project management skills that contribute towards economic development and GDP growth. This means a there is a continuous and strong demand for professionals with training in project management.

Suzhou, Shanghai and Wuxi are important hubs of business and economic activities and we expect to see strong demand for people with project management skills across various industries in these hubs and more widely across Asia and beyond.

Graduates may work in industries such as e-commerce, oil and gas, software, IT, construction, airlines, retail and manufacturing.

Fees

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

China

  • 1st tier universities: 75 percent or above
  • 2nd tier universities: 80 percent or above

Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

North America

3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in any discipline.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

Roberto Donà is a Professor of Practice in Management at IBSS. He has previously served as a faculty member of SDA Bocconi School of Management with roles including Director of the Global Executive MBA and Director of the Double Degree in International Management in cooperation with Fudan School of Management, Shanghai. He has been a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Stern School of Business, New York University, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University School of Management. He has a strong international exposure having worked in Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Argentina, USA and China.

Roberto Donà Programme director

How to apply

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