PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAMME IS ONLY OFFERED ON A PART-TIME BASIS - STUDY VISAS ARE NOT GRANTED FOR PART-TIME STUDY. THEREFORE, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CAN ONLY BE OFFERED PLACES ON THE DISTANCE LEARNING STREAM.
The programme has been running successfully since 1993 with distance learning being introduced in 1997. Each year the programme grows in reputation as graduates apply their learning to their work environments.
The programme can boast of graduates and students in almost every part of the world, from Jamaica in the west to New Zealand in the east and from Alaska in the north to Australia in the south. The degree is designed to engage across industry borders, teaching and exploring project management skills and issues equally applicable to our students who come themselves from a wide range of industry background (including education, I.T., banking, oil, rail, local government and atomic energy). Our students and graduates recognise that this is one of the great strengths of the programme with many of them experiencing it first hand as they move between industries as their careers progress.
From the Heart of the European Oil & Gas Industry
A part-time and distance Masters programme in Project Management from the heart of the Oil and Gas Industry in Europe.
The University is a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management. Applicants holding APM qualifications may be eligible for exemption from some elements of the programme. Advice on possible exemptions will given during the application process.
The Master of Science degree in Project Management has been designed to meet the requirements of practicing professionals and is taught in a flexible manner. It is offered on a part time basis, teaching being at weekends or by distance learning through the University's online virtual learning environment.
The courses are completely modular in structure and have been carefully developed to articulate to each other to provide a variety of levels of provision, suiting the needs of the participants. Each module can be taken as a stand alone credit bearing unit for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development. A choice of exit levels is provided to suit the needs of the participants thus leading to the award of a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification. Each level is a necessary requirement for entry to the next one. Each of the levels can be taken over a minimum period of one year of part time study although they can be taken over a longer period if it is more convenient. The minimum time to complete the whole programme is three years.
Flexibility and a firm grounding in current practice are the principal features of the MSc in Project Management, which is taught by and visiting lecturers who are practicing professionals.
For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.
Both the campus-taught and distance learning streams follow the same timetable and content. Two modules are taught in each of the University of Aberdeen's semesters, which start in September and February. Online material is released following the completion of the campus teaching weekend.*
*Please note that some modules may only be available by distance-learning.
The flexible nature of the programme allows you to study towards one of three levels of qualifications:
Each level acts as a pre-requiste for the next and takes one year to complete (i.e. Certificate = 1 year of study, Diploma = 2 years of study, MSc = 3 years of study).
Students who reach the end of a year of study have the option of graduating with the qualification reached or continuing into the next year of study to enhance their qualification to the next level.
The Certificate is taught in year 1 of the programme and consists of four taught modules. This equates to approximately 36 hours of teaching time and a similar number of hours self-study time per module. Each module represents approximately 12-15 hours study per week. Students who complete this level may either decide to graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management or proceed to year 2 to study towards the Diploma qualification. The modules studied at this level are summarised below:
The Diploma qualification is taught in year 2 of the programme. Students wishing to study towards a Diploma must first have completed year 1 of the programme (Certificate Level). There are three more taught modules at this stage and a fourth which consists of a group project. The modules studied are summarised below:
Master of Science
The Master of Science is awarded following the successful completion of a third year of study to an acceptable level. Students wishing to study towards a Master of Science must first have completed years 1 & 2 of the programme (Certificate & Diploma Levels).The Masters year consists of 2 modules which students are required to take and, following completion of the taught elements, an individual dissertation:
The modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The distance learning coursework is submitted to the course tutor through the web-site and marks and comments will be sent back, also via the web. Campus submission is either by email or in person at teaching sessions. Each module has a timetable which details when the coursework is due and when the exam is scheduled to take place. Distance learning students will need to arrange a suitable examination venue at a convenient Higher Education Institution or British Council Office. Campus based students and distance learning students near to Aberdeen are able to take their examinations at the University.
Examinations are generally taken in pairs and are held on a morning and afternoon towards the end of January and the end of May. The programme office tries to select a date that ensures maximum accessibility for examination venues across the world. Students sit the examination within their own timezone (e.g. 9am local time).
Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per module.
Students wishing to study towards their qualification on campus can do so by attending classes approximately once a month. Classes are run on a Saturday and Sunday meaning students who complete the required two modules per term will need to attend for both days.
Study visas are not granted for part-time study. Therefore, international students can only be offered places on the distance learning stream.
The distance learning version of the course is delivered entirely using the world wide web. There is no requirement to attend the University of Aberdeen. On registration, students will be issued with a user id and password to gain access to the site.
|"When I reviewed the curriculum modules on offer and profiles of those teaching the modules, I thought it would be a good opportunity to both strengthen and widen my Project Management knowledge base...The degree allows you to understand some theoretical aspects & best practice elements of Project Management; you can take this knowledge and apply this to real world projects within your organisation." [More]|
|"The MSc in Project Management has given me a far more rounded appreciation of Project Management than the study of any one methodology could provide. Working in a large corporate organisation I feel better able to run project discussions on a strategic level." [More]|
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAMME IS ONLY OFFERED ON A PART-TIME BASIS INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS WILL ONLY BE OFFERED DISTANCE LEARNING PLACES UNLESS ALREADY RESIDENT IN THE UK/EU
This programme is aimed at people actively engaged in Project Management in industry, and relevant experience is a pre-requisite.
In general, applicants are expected to hold a degree in an appropriate subject; however alternative qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of significant and relevant experience, may also be considered as a means for entry. For more advice on this please contact the Graduate School Admissions Team who will be able to advise.
Applicants with no formal higher educational qualifications should not be deterred from applying for this course, but must have at least 2 years of Project Management experience.
It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.
Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.
We have two intakes of students each year - September & January. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application.
Places on the campus based course are limited, and anyone wishing to enrol on the campus based course should apply as soon as possible. Distance learning places are not limited, and students applying too late for the campus course may be offered a place on the distance learning programme.
It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.
Information on tuition fees, including the current fee level, can be found on the University Registry website.
A list of funding opportunties is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.
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