Throughout the programme, you’ll gain an understanding of the different aspects of project management. The course covers common project management tools and techniques, then puts this into a project life-cycle context and considers when and how to use them. Risk management and its role during the project lifecycle is also explored. A feature at Leeds is Whole Life Asset Management which examines the “whole life management” of infrastructure, with additional focus on operations, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning. These taught subjects are assessed during two teaching semesters.
Over the summer months, you’ll work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained, focusing on a real-world problem that explores your specific interests and/or relates to your career ambitions. The research project is assessed at the end of the summer term.
Most projects are industry based to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing current engineering problems.
Example projects for Engineering Project Management MSc students have included:
Relational contracting and alliances
Management of multiple projects
Financing of public private partnerships
Integration of risk and value management
Iconic and complex projects
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
<p><h3>Modules</h3><p><strong>Compulsory modules </strong></p><p><strong>Principles of sustainable project management – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Explore the key project management concepts, their evaluation and the application to engineering projects. You’ll develop an understanding of the project life cycle management and explore the relationship between project management and sustainable goals. You’ll also build an understanding of the ethical dimensions of planning and delivering projects.</p><p><strong>Project management tools and techniques – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Learn the common tools used in project management. Topics covered include planning and control, quality management, scope management, schedule management, cost management, resource management and change management.</p><p><strong>Risk and resilience – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll focus on risk management and resilience in projects, being introduced to a structured risk management process, as well as the tools and techniques used to identify, evaluate, transfer and monitor risks. Most of the tool and techniques can be employed in a wide range of fields. This module focuses mostly on risk management in engineering and construction projects.</p><p><strong>People management – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Build a theoretical and practical understanding of key concepts relating to people working on and associated with projects. This includes an understanding of organisational behaviour in the context of projects and programmes and stakeholder management/engagement. You'll cover topics such as leadership, motivation, conflict, negotiation and ethics.</p><p><strong>Project strategy and organisation – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Develop an understanding of the organisational context of projects. You’ll examine the different organisation structures in relation to projects. You'll develop and assess governance arrangements within various organisational structural contexts, whilst being introduced to various project management methodologies and strategies. Funding and procurement strategies in project delivery are also introduced.</p><p><strong>Innovation and digital technologies – 15 credits</strong></p><p>This module explores the role of innovation within project management. It considers value and knowledge management in the context of projects, alongside developing an understanding of the role data plays in the delivery of projects. It also explores the role of digital technology in the future of projects.</p><p><strong>Systems integration – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Multiple systems are present within projects. Throughout this module, you’ll focus on the integration of these systems within the project environment. You’ll examine financial planning, contract administration, procurement processes, assurance systems and integration management. You’ll also consider programme, portfolio and project integration.</p><p><strong>Applied project management – 15 credits</strong></p><p>This module is an active simulation of a project. It brings together all the learning from the other modules in a simulated project environment and explores the impact of decision-making on the variables and outcomes in the simulated project environment.</p><p><strong>Dissertation – 60 credits</strong></p><p>Put theory into practice by conducting your own individual research project. To support your project, we’ll teach you theories and practices you’ll need to conduct your project efficiently. You’ll examine how to define research problems and gaps in understanding. Alongside, you’ll learn how to critically review relevant literature to your given problem and explore the research methods and instruments you’ll need to collect and analyse data effectively.</p></p>
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based problems, small group work and project meetings. These activities are complemented by e-learning. Our research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines.
Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from a structured support system, with a personal tutor who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills, as well as your subject knowledge.
Active research environments
The Leeds Centre for Projects (LCP) is a globally leading centre of excellence advancing the knowledge in project management research and education and creating impact through engagement with industry, government and third sector organisations. MSc students will benefit from this active and innovative research environment where all staff share a common passion to improve our understanding and capability in project management with the aim to advance theory and practice.
During your studies, you’ll have access to research-grade equipment and specialist facilities that will enhance your learning, including high-performance computing and specialist software used in different areas of civil engineering, such as structural modelling and Building Information Modelling (BIM) packages.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams.