Aberdeen Business School

Project Management

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Project Management
With multiple study modes, this APM and PMI accredited Project Management degree enables you to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge for all project management disciplines across the world. This course is suitable for those already in the profession or seeking to change direction as well as those at the start of their career.

The course is designed to meet the growing industry demand for project management professionals across a range of sectors including engineering, healthcare and energy and is developed in conjunction with diverse industry practitioners and professional bodies.

Our strong links with industry enable us to offer you practical and innovative learning experiences including the opportunity to work on real-life client based projects and case studies.

This course offers the opportunity to extend your study by a year to complete a 48 week work placement. Evidence suggests that graduates who can demonstrate relevant work experience have a better chance of securing a graduate level job.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

This course has multiple study options
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Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
24 months (includes 12 month placement)
stages 1+2

You will develop the technical, commercial and business knowledge, skills and competencies in key areas of project management including management of strategy, processes, project life cycle management, maturity models and project management software. Transferable skills in communication, team working and leadership will be established.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

EXTENDED MASTER’S

We offer an extended Master’s route, starting in September, on our traditional 1-year route which incorporates a 12 month placement. This route has a duration of 24 months, and will follow the same teaching programme as the 1 year course. You will receive training, guidance and support to support you through the recruitment and selection stages for the jobs on offer from our dedicated Employability and Enrichment Hub team.

 
Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

On Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

On Campus Day Release Part-time courses are delivered in parallel with the On Campus Full-time cohort but you will only study 2 modules (30 credits) per semester.

Part-time on-campus courses are delivered during the working week. Our part-time students attend classes at the same time as our full-time on campus students. This course delivery format then requires the part-time student to be released by their employers during the working day

  • Weeks 1-6
    Required to attend: 3 x 3 hour sessions on campus* 
  • Weeks 7-11
    Required to attend: 1 hour session per week* 
  • Remainder of the course
    Required to attend: 2 x 3 hour session per week* 

*Please note, there is no guarantee that the two sessions will be on the same day.

Online Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.  

Activity Summary

The below represents full-time on-campus delivery, online learning and part-time delivery may differ.

  • Lectures - 10-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 10-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester
INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.

Assessment

Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, online learning and part-time delivery will differ.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 3 practical skills assessments
  • 1 presentation
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Inclusion Centre

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
JOB PROSPECTS

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies which will provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Project Management is very flexible, with the project management process being able to be applied globally and cross sector. The subject are encompasses competencies, skills and knowledge required for most management roles and you can build on these to meet your own career aspirations.

Previous graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industry sector including energy, engineering, built environment, construction, education, film, research and development, local government and financial services. Typical roles include project engineer, quality manager, finance manager, web design manager, contracting manager, procurement /purchasing manager and project/programme coordinator. 

CAREERS

12 MONTH PLACEMENT

For those on our Extended Master’s route (24 months Full Time On Campus) you will have the opportunity to embark on a 12 month placement on completion of the teaching programme.

Placement opportunities are real jobs in an extensive range of organisations from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to global multinationals, and is an excellent way to test your academic knowledge, develop transferable skills and develop your business networks. The employing organisation is likely to be a source of rich data for the Capstone module and you will be encouraged to research an organisational issue of your choosing – likely identified through discussion with the placement employer.  You will also complete a reflective e-portfolio which captures the skills development through the placement period.  

Throughout the placement you will be assigned both a workplace mentor and an academic mentor and will receive ongoing support to enhance your career development.

N.B. The University cannot guarantee that all students will be successful in securing a placement. If unsuccessful, your course fee attached to the work experience element will be refunded.

 
  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  •  £12,000

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 3 years)

  • £4,500 Stage 1
  • £4,500 Stage 2
  • £3,000 MSc dissertation stage

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 2 years)

  • Year 1 - £6,000
  • Year 2 - £6,000

Full-time On Campus

UK/EU Students

  • £8,000 entire course:

International Students

  • £15,000 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  •  £9,390

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 3 years)

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 MSc dissertation stage

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 2 years)

  • Year 1 - £4,695
  • Year 2 - £4,695

Full-time On Campus

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course:

International Students

  • £12,470 entire course
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

The program strives in every way to bridge the gap between taught theory and real-life practice. The class is interested in many different industries, and equips us for our next career steps, learning to think critically and creatively in any project situation instead of just applying a formula. It is obvious that all of the tutors and the ABS team are committed to see students succeed.
KATIE NEWBERGER, MSC PROJECT MANAGEMENT STUDENT

Accreditation

This degree is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and also by the PMI Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies and this can provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

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The MSc Project Management degree is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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